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The governor Tim Pawlenty lands a punch who got hit the president and his national health care bill.
Governor Pawlenty joins us live good evening governor and governor what have you done in the last 24 hours having to do with health care.
Well happy veterans state CU grad and thanks for having me -- -- Veterans Stadium.
Yes until all of our men and women of sir we appreciate them but in terms of the health care issue.
Believe requested with the Florida federal district court that myself and governor can -- from Rhode Island.
Be allowed to enter -- that -- it is amicus.
To not just make the claim that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.
Which argues he can't regulate under the commerce commerce clause in activity which is.
People not buying insurance that's we're bringing a new argument -- highlighting this argument.
Credit which is.
You can't have under the spending clause of the constitution.
Such coercion that -- either forcing the states to do it.
And also such a vague and poorly worded and open and did.
Piece of legislation.
That that violates the Ed -- constitutional principles of some of the spending responsibilities United States congress to make the programs clear and specific.
And to give the states at least some reasonable options this goes into the area of coercion that's why we think it's unconstitutional as well.
-- you wanted to join this in April and day your state attorney general said that she didn't think was appropriate to the commerce clause authorized the -- federal government to do this.
What happened between April and now that you're doing this.
Well the federal district court in Florida said they -- not gonna entertain these kinds of friends of the court briefs.
Until after the parties filed certain motions in the case that recently happen.
The window to file these kinds of briefs or at least attempt to is now opened -- -- accounts for the delay.
So why not Colombian win them both feet instead of us are friends of the -- why -- we know where you -- unable on the Minnesota -- to be in there with the other twenty -- I think it's a twenty states now that are in it in the beginning.
Why nappy and I both feet there with the other states.
Great question and under Minnesota law unfortunately attorney general's the only one who can bring a lawsuits or defend lawsuits.
So I had to do this in my own capacity my individual capacity I couldn't do it on behalf of the state of Minnesota.
And other states had a different situation certain governors and other states that could do it did differently.
-- energetic conversation with your attorney general since you've done lessons in fad become -- and bottom lesson to become quote a friend -- the cart.
I have not and help the courts a friend -- by the way but I have not that she knows I was gonna do this we requested her assistant some months ago she said what she wasn't gonna do in -- -- on the other side of the case.
But she said hey look if you wanna do it go ahead in your individual capacity and that's what I did I feel strongly about this -- I think -- we allow the federal government to do this is basically the end of the the understanding that we've had throughout the history of this country and federalism and that's fire pushing back so hard.
Have you heard from many of the other governor's anybody else who are among the twenty that are -- and -- kind of course Virginia Missouri which have different cases.
Well we're all working together on this trying to do what we cannon and next week we're going to be in California with the Republican Governors Association I'm sure they'll be a lot of talk to -- there but.
Republican governors support the idea fighting back against Obama care we're fighting as hard as we can here in Minnesota not just this lawsuit in other ways as well.
Yeah they say funny is how you can -- -- renal blood tap and you've got to January 3.
Well -- I've signed an executive order to say we're not participating that this lawsuit.
Is gonna transcend my term and and it's going to be decided -- the initialed the decision about the summary judgment motion is probably -- -- -- decide within the next six months -- -- the work we're doing now.
Who could very well bear fruit perhaps even after I'm out of office but I think it's an important statement to make.
Which raises two questions and enacted January -- what happens to the case -- we have right now you have a governor's race in Minnesota that has not been called.
And -- -- syndicate January 3 could come and what you expect to be that the governor on January 4.
I mean could still be holding the job as governor and tell them that's results -- right that race.
Yeah under the Minnesota constitution that recount continues I hope it does and I think people want to see their.
New governor take get a seat at the right time of the normal time but in the case that it doesn't it drags on into the constitution.
I'm required and obligated to continue to serve and -- fulfill those duties after January 3 -- help that doesn't happen but that could happen.
Why you know Serbia we've also been watching Minnesota with great interest in recent years in terms of how you attempt to that recount ballots in all the challenges and admit it -- -- forever -- glad to see your last addition as United States senator so and in theory you could be governor -- next summer in Minnesota -- -- Kelly those ballots.
I hope not -- I guess that's not in anybody's best interest we had an election the person should take their seat.
But the election integrity is really important in in the event something on toward his discovered.
In the recount process then we have to get to the bottom of that's most important but I sure hope that can get resolved before January 3 it's -- anybody's best interest to have hold over us.
But may not -- design magazine gave get two point one million votes cast in Minnesota at election time.
And right now the two two who want to -- this it is succeeding you as as governor.
Are separated by less and one half a percentage point and your state has this incredible history taking forever to -- United States senator.
So you could actually be governor a lot longer than you anticipated I mean as much if people want to see people elected and then the move on.
EE in this to the skinny and quite an -- they -- political drama that -- I'm -- -- unraveling in your state.
It collided but again I think that is premised upon the notion that they uncover something that is -- further litigation or further investigation.
It also by the way the from there Minnesota legislature for the first time since party designation in our legislature when both houses Republican Greta so.
It's a very new day in a -- -- historically been a pretty blue state.
And it could be very confusing if one hypothetically on January 4 expects not to be the governor but to me yeah running for president United States -- finds himself for herself still holding on to having some responsibility is back home and makes it -- This -- and that's what god does it not -- there.
Now I've done been doing this for eight years and I wanna say the job is easy but I think we've got to have a handle on it pretty well so that were to come to pass.
He'll get included easily fulfill the duties but you know I was intrigued by that -- before the break you said you gonna show this awkward video -- -- west step.
Do tell Greta what does it what does it show.
How well great these teases out we caught at least well we've got -- the government -- -- -- stick around to the rest the show now I know that it is we're not showing that to the end of the show so.
Governor yeah and -- Truman and lots fifth.
Anyway I was there and that we'll be looking forward to see what happens -- in the vote count as well as what goes out of Florida in the health care lawsuits thank you sir.
You're welcome and as when you -- would say that's it only.
Have Randy Moss is gone he's -- -- is out of Minnesota.
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