Pawlenty Takes On Romney
By JONATHAN WEISMAN
Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, lagging behind in polls and stung by criticism of his debate performance, is going on offense against Republican front-runner Mitt Romney with what aides said will be a sustained attack on Mr. Romney’s backing for a state health-care law as Massachusetts governor.
Mr. Pawlenty says Mr. Romney’s work to shepherd the Massachusetts plan into law undermines his ability to attack President Barack Obama’s national health-care law, given similarities between the two.
“I don’t think you can prosecute the political case against President Obama if you are a co-conspirator in one of the main charges against the president,” Mr. Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, told Fox News on Thursday. He also accused Mr. Romney of being “involved in the development and construction” of Mr. Obama’s health plan.
Mr. Pawlenty’s comments marked a turning point in a Republican primary campaign so far characterized by collegiality, not combat.
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