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Pawlenty won’t repeat criticisms to Romney’s face

In one of the most cringe-worthy moments of Monday's GOP presidential primary debate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty blew his first big chance to draw a distinction between himself and his top rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. For the past 36 hours, Pawlenty has ribbed Romney for being the architect of "ObamneyCare" -- the mandated universal private health insurance plan that Romney pioneered in Massachusetts, which served as a basis for the new national health care law.

But offered a chance by CNN host John King to confront Romney with the barb in person, an uncomfortable Pawlenty demurred.

"I just cited President Obama's own words that he looked to Massachusetts as a blueprint or a guide when he designed ObamaCare," Pawlenty said. "Using the term ObamneyCare was a reflection of the President's comments that he designed ObamaCare on the Massachusetts health care plan."

After Pawlenty initially passed on a chance to go to-to-toe with Romney, King pressed Pawlenty to reiterate and explain his use of the term "ObamneyCare." Again, Pawlenty demurred.

Pawlenty apparently telegraphed his intent to chicken out to reporters earlier Monday in New Hampshire. But it stuck out as a big missed opportunity. On Twitter, former RNC chairman Michael Steele sighed "TPaw blinked on "obamanycare". That was his moment."

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  • Fair enough answer I think. The debate mediator is a so called "journalist" from CNN, whom we all know is in the tank for the Democrats. He was obviously trying to bait the governor into throwing mud at Romney in turn starting the attacks between the candidate. This is designed to turn the moderates and independents off to the Republicans in the next election. The Democrats do not have to worry about this because Obama will most likely not face a challenger for the Democrat nomination. More..

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  • ... sigh ...

    What a weakling. If you say something, stand by it. If you're asked a direct question, answer directly. Typical weak politician, probably hoping for the VP slot if Romney is nominated instead of him.

    This is why so many people like Chris Christie. Honest answers, no BS, straightforward, "love me or hate me, this is my stand".

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  • No real conservatives are voting for romney

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  • and the chicken says bok bok bok. but sir you said the other day...
    let me repeat bok, bok and bok and also cluck cluck i'm fucked.

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  • If he would've repeated it, you bitches "you know who you are" would've responded with "republitards eating there own". He didn't and now you bitches are the most moral people on the site.

    I sh!t on all of you! ALL OF YOU!

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  • Same old political BULLSHIT. They never answer a straight question. They should have a debate where they are sealed within a sound proof booth and every question is YES or NO. All they can do is press a yes or no button within the booth. They should not be able to see the other candidates and have no idea how they are answering. They could probably get in 100 questions an hour doing it that way. And then we would all see how they REALLY feel about something, not 59 minutes of bullshit ever More..

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    • @dirtbiker201
      he didn't answer that reporter guy's question but the answere came through loud and clear to everyone else.
      he's a coward afraid to repeat the very thing he said just days ago.
      NOT presidential material. like sarah palin i can't believe someone like this could have been a governor.
      it makes me wonder why i was never rich or president. i must be a total moran. or maybe i have morals.

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  • WTF the 'uh' 'huh' 'uh' constantly in the background is so fucking annoying!

    Am I the only one that hears that?

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  • Republicans want the middle class to go away and die. With no more middle, the rich and powerful will have their little serfdom.

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  • Paul should have a role in govt, but not as president. He cant win, hes not conservatives most likely candidate, Chris Christie 2016!

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  • Pussy.

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  • I didn't watch the clip, but did watch the whole debate. I do have a problem with how they answered the Libya. Have these folks like Paul, Bachman forgot that Kaduckie IS a terrorist. I picked on those to because they are sitting in office now and Bachman is on the intelligence committee. Just because he is possible a retired terrorist we have no interest there I call bullshit.

    I respect and like Paul, but he is a serious pussy on some things abroad.

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  • Not at all "cringeworthy." It's all about running against the President mixed in with a little jab here and there with your opponent. He spoke fairly well.

    The only cringeworthy thing I see is the lack of quality candidates that the Republicans can muster theses days.

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  • Another election cycle with a WEAK GOP ticket, the media will push the weakest one like they did in 2008 (Juan McCain anyone).

    I'll probably just write in Ron Paul, it beats voting for another neocon or progressive Dem.

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  • at this point we might as well vote for kermit the frog, it doesnt really matter, both parties serve as nothing more than conduits to funnel taxpayer money to corporations, dictators, and bankers, we are all just along for the ride

    2 party system = divide and conquer

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  • pawlenty prob has a latent homosexual crush on romney.

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  • Republicans are BS, seriously Obama called the Republicans to the table to talk about healthcare but they refused, then they blame him for less reform. You cant cause a problem then blame the other party, No wonder why elephants are a symbol of republicans

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