In it, but not of it. TPM DC

PAWLENTY'S BIG CHOKE: Won't Repeat Criticisms To Romney's Face (VIDEO)

Xuvsy6tsgrhofzue2fyf
Newscom

After Pawlenty initially passed on a chance to go to-to-toe with Romney, King pressed Pawlenty to reiterate and explain his use of the term "ObamneyCare." Again, Pawlenty demurred.

Pawlenty apparently telegraphed his intent to chicken out to reporters earlier Monday in New Hampshire. But it stuck out as a big missed opportunity. On Twitter, former RNC chairman Michael Steele sighed "TPaw blinked on "obamanycare". That was his moment."

Watch the exchange below.

About The Author

Ivcd1zuomgpknmdsebhc

Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com