Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is emerging as an attractive secretary of state option in a Romney administration for conservatives who believe in an assertive American foreign policy.

Pawlenty has displayed a strong interest in foreign policy topics both while he was governor of Minnesota and after. And while people close to Pawlenty say that the governor is not campaigning for the post, he certainly wouldn’t turn it down if offered it.

Phil Musser, a former adviser to Pawlenty, told TheDC his old boss ”is not angling for anything.”

Another former adviser to Pawlenty, who preferred not to be identified, concurred, saying Pawlenty was too modest and loyal to campaign for the position.

But, he added, Pawlenty “is deeply knowledgeable on foreign policy and that kind of Cabinet post would play to his strengths.”

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