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.