Pawlenty Backtracks on Obamneycare

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 10:59 AM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
One day after Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty went after front-runner Mitt Romney by linking his Massachusetts healthcare program to President Barack Obama’s national one – Obamneycare, he called it – the former Minnesota governor pulled back his attack in the presidential debate Monday. And GOP strategists are puzzled, Politico reports.

pawlenty, romney, debateWhen Pawlenty was asked during the debate, “Why ‘Obamneycare’?” he struggled to come up with a coherent answer.

“Pawlenty made an odd decision to back away from his health care attack on Romney which made him seem weak or at a minimum uncertain,” said Jim Dyke, a former top Republican National Committee official, adding: “Pawlenty probably should stick to prep and skip the bowling for the next debate.”

Says veteran GOP advertising guru Alex Castellanos: “Debates are competitions. They are alpha dog battles. To win one, you have to create what I call a moment of strength. Tim Pawlenty had a chance to get in the ring tonight with the heavyweight champion and create such a moment. He refused to enter the ring.”



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Chris Wallace: Ben Carson Has No 'Serious Chance' at Presidency

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 18:59 PM

Chris Wallace doesn't think his Fox News colleague Ben Carson has a chance of winning a presidential race, though he say . . .

RNC Directs Extra $8 Million to Senate Early-Vote Efforts

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 09:42 AM

The Republican National Committee is sinking an addition $8 million into U.S. Senate races, Politico reported.
 . . .

Mitch McConnell Lays Out Plan to Roll Back Obama's Agenda

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 06:51 AM

A Republican-controlled Congress would use the power of the purse to overturnPresident Barack Obama's policies, Senate M . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved