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Published:June 14th, 2011 11:49 EST
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Tim Pawlenty Wimps Out In Debate! Terrified Of Attacking Romneycare! He's Toast!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"JOHN KING: "You don`t want to address why you called Gov. Romney`s Obamneycare?"

TIM PAWLENTY: "I just cited President Obama`s own words that he looked to Massachusetts as a blueprint."

KING: "Why is it not Obamneycare standing here with the governor right now?"

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PAWLENTY: "President Obama is the person I quoted ... Using the term `Obamneycare` was a reflection of the president`s comments."

-- Exchange in the CNN`s second-in-the-nation Republican presidential debate.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/14/pawlenty-pulls-his-punch/#ixzz1PGFqVDH1

In the first couple of debates of the Republican nomination process it`s all about introducing yourself to the electorate. The presidential hopefuls refrain from attacking each other, and aim their fire at President Obama.

But if you have a chance to deliver a knockout blow to one of your competitors, you take it.

Romneycare is Mitt Romney`s Achilles` Heel, the Republican faithful consider any form of national health care anathema.

Tim Pawlenty was handed a golden opportunity to hit the chameleon Mitt Romney right between the eyes, and he demurred. What a freakin` wimp! Pawlenty is toast! Pawlenty is spineless, he`s a slice of white bread with the edges cut off.

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