Tim Pawlenty threw another punch in the escalating Minnesota Melee between the ex-governor and Michele Bachmann, telling a crowd on Monday that his rival often makes "inaccurate" statements and has failed to win her policy fights with Democrats.
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Pawlenty has gone after Bachmann's record and, at one point, health for weeks, but today was the first time Bachmann actually returned the favor with a lengthy attack on Pawlenty's tenure as governor in which she compared him to President Obama. Given that Bachmann is leading multiple polls of Iowa while Pawlenty is struggling to gain traction, Pawlenty has little to lose from baiting the Congresswoman into a high-profile duel.
Per Politico, Pawlenty contrasted his responsibilities as governor with Bachmann's reputation as a tough-talking, little-action legislator on issues ranging from health care to abortion. He also brought up Bachmann's oft-noted habit of fumbling facts, from historical events to dubious rumors.
Pawlenty's comments, in full, below the fold: