Up until now, Tim Pawlenty has preferred to criticize Mitt Romney indirectly. In an interview with Fox News, he took the gloves off on Romneycare — which he dubs “Obamneycare.”
According to one report:
“President Obama said that he designed ‘Obamacare’ after ‘Romneycare’ and basically made it ‘Obamneycare,” Pawlenty said on “Fox News Sunday.”
The former Minnesota governor previously tiptoed around criticism of Romney’s health care plan and the new attack line is the most direct shot at his rival. The two will meet for the first time on a debate stage Monday in New Hampshire.
“The president’s own words is that he patterned in large measure ‘Obamacare’ after what happened in Massachusetts,” Pawlenty said. “What I don’t understand is they both continue to defend it.”