The Corner

Pawlenty: SC Not a Must-Win State for Romney

North Charleston, S.C. — Tim Pawlenty thinks that the other candidates crossed a line in tonight’s debate when they questioned Mitt Romney’s pro-life views.

“He’s clearly committed to the pro-life cause,” Pawlenty said, noting that both Massachusetts and pro-life groups viewed Romney as a pro-life candidate.

He was also dismissive of the idea that South Carolina, which every Republican nominee in recent cycles has won, was a must-win state for Romney. “All these so-called rules where things must happen or must not happen based on what happened last time or ten years ago . . . history can be a guide, but it’s not a guarantee,” Pawlenty said.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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