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And former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty turned some heads earlier this week when he took a shot at one of his fellow presidential candidates Mitt Romney.
-- it all occurred on FOX News Sunday when Pawlenty was asked if he sees similarities between Obama care and Romney care take a look.
-- Obama said that he designed to obamacare.
After Romney care and basically made an Obama -- care.
-- during Monday night's Republican debate New Hampshire governor Pawlenty had the opportunity to repeat that line but he declined.
And some are suggesting that he missed an opportunity to go after the GOP front runner -- here to talk about that much more is former Minnesota governor.
Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty governor aria.
I'm doing great China or you appreciate being back you know it's interesting -- -- read all the criticism.
And this was my take.
And I think.
The media was furious.
You guys didn't kill each other -- go after each other and that everybody on that stage.
Rightly I think -- after a president Obama's failed policies.
Well I think in response to that direct question I should have been much more clear during the debate China I don't think we can have -- nominee.
That was involved in the development and construction of of obamacare and and continues to defend it.
And that was the question I should have answered it directly instead I stayed focused on on Obama but the question really related to that contrast with.
Governor Romney and and I should have been more clear -- should've made the point that.
He was involved in developing -- he really laid the ground work for Obama care.
And continues to this day to defend and I think that's a legitimate -- -- -- on to the question I was asked that and I should have I should have been more clear.
-- when I hate it when I had an opportunity interview governor Romney on the date that he announced that he -- running for president we have I spent a lot of time asking him about this because I think it was clearly the biggest challenge.
But he's facing in the primary.
And his answer was -- if the White House that why -- the White House come to me was his answer.
And other words that he would have given them advice on what work what what didn't work.
And his argument is I'm just give me a chance to respond -- that he he doesn't think the federal government has a right but he does think the states.
Has the right to do it over the over the federal government in other words it's a State's issue I wanted to get your -- reaction of that.
Well I don't think you can prosecute that political case against President Obama if you.
Our co conspirator in one of the main charges against the president on a political level and so.
It it really puts our nominee if that's who it turns out to be.
And I am in a very difficult spot and I understand governor Romney's argument that is different that the state -- -- you look at these two plans.
-- only modest variations there and they're very similar nearly identical.
Now that you've had an opportunity for two debates.
Of them how do you feel about your chances what do you think do you think Romney I think you hadn't taken from your comments is probably the front runner in your mind.
What do you what do you think about your fellow group of candidates out there -- you know -- seem to be getting along just fine and then sometimes you wonder if that's real lore are.
You know just people be a nice.
Well I think we do I get along and I think the main focus does need to be on President Obama and his failure as a president.
But that -- going to be some policy differences between the rest of us and bringing those out in -- respectful policy based way I think is that is appropriate particularly in the context of the debate.
But beyond that I think it's going to be decided on people's records and when you look at the records of these individuals not just the -- -- -- their amendments that -- offered that didn't work but who actually got it done if you look at my record in Minnesota.
Cut taxes cut spending school reform based on performance not seniority.
Public employee pension reform before it was popular market based Health Care Reform.
And much more in getting an a -- from the Cato Institute does not another candidate out there who can say they actually delivered all of that and and is part of this is gonna be not just who can talk about it.
The -- and delivered in a tough environment I've done it.
How important is -- law a neighboring -- see you name recognition high error.
How important is that as you put together the pieces where you can win the nomination -- I beginning to serious are leading candidate.
For -- has to do well in those early states of Iowa New Hampshire and South Carolina.
They're not the only states but they're the first ones and it's important so I have to do well in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina.
No question about it and so we're not mincing any words about it.
I don't know that we have to win each one a degree have to win the you know at least one of them and hopefully more but we're gonna have to do well in in those early states all right that -- well.
Our governor it's always good to see we appreciate you being with us thanks for your time and -- have plenty more coming up tonight --
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