WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty endorsed ex-rival Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination Monday and was promptly named a national co-chairman of the Romney campaign.
Weeks after ending his own bid for the White House, Pawlenty told Fox News Channel that Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is "unmatched" in his skills and experience at creating jobs and igniting the economy.
"I believe he's going to be our party's nominee and I think he's going to be a transformational and great president," Pawlenty said.
The Romney campaign separately issued a statement naming Pawlenty as a national co-chairman of his campaign.
"It is an honor to have Governor Pawlenty's support," Romney said in the statement. "Tim will be a trusted adviser as I move forward with my campaign."
Romney trails Texas Governor Rick Perry in opinion polls for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.
(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Eric Beech)