There are areas of compromise that will enable Democrat and Republican lawmakers to pass legislation and "get some stuff done" in the GOP-controlled Congress, former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"There's areas of compromise. They can compromise and get together on trade. They can compromise and get together on these parts of tax reform. They can compromise and get together on advancing cybersecurity policy and cybersecurity defenses, and more. There's at least enough for them to come together and get some stuff done," Pawlenty said Thursday.
President Barack Obama looked "relaxed, confident, (and) comfortable" in his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, Pawlenty said, adding the substance of his remarks wasn't "something the Republicans are going to buy, for the most part."
"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, a former Florida Republican congressman, said he was an "optimist" when it came to the possibility of bipartisan agreement in Congress.
"I'm always more optimistic than the facts on the ground suggest I should be. And, I keep thinking they're going to turn the corner and figure out how to work together," Scarborough said Thursday.
Pawlenty said there was little connection between the emphasis to pass legislation and its effect on winning elections.
"They need to get stuff done. They should get stuff done. I think the country is looking for that. But, the correlation between winning elections and getting stuff done recently isn't high," he said.
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