— The Minneapolis Star Tribune: "The Republican vice presidential watch picked up ever-more intensity Thursday, with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty right in the middle of it. As reports swirled that John McCain would appear with his choice for a running mate at a rally today, Pawlenty, who had been in Denver to help deliver the GOP response during the Democratic National Convention, canceled interviews Thursday and returned home."
The NY Times: "Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota said in a radio interview on Friday morning that he planned to be at the Minnesota state fair on Friday, not here in Dayton with Senator John McCain."