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Pawlenty: Romney ‘Laid Groundwork for Obamacare’

Tim Pawlenty admitted tonight that he had erred by retreating from attacking Mitt Romney on “Obamneycare” during the debate Monday night.

“I should have been much more clear,” Pawlenty told Sean Hannity.  “I don’t think we can have a nominee that was involved in the development and construction of Obamacare and continues to defend it.”

Pawlenty said Romney had “really laid the groundwork for Obamacare” with his Massachusetts health-care program.

“I don’t think you can prosecute the political case against President Obama if you’re a co-conspirator of the one main charges against the president on a political level,” he added.

Pawlenty said Romney’s program and Obamacare were “very similar and nearly identical.”

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Katrina TrinkoKatrina 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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