"President Obama said that he designed 'Obamacare' after 'Romneycare' and basically made it 'Obamneycare," Pawlenty said on "Fox News Sunday." So let the battle begin. Tomorrow is the second Republican Presidential Debate, and both Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney will be there. So, expect to see a battle between these two over the issue of heath care.
"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."
The biggest similarity in the Obama and Romney plans are the individual mandates, something that Pawlenty has oppose since his time in governor's office.
"I think it's a dramatic overreach by government forcing the consumer to buy a good or service because of a government edict or mandate," Pawlenty said. "I was asked to consider the individual mandate when I was governor on several occasions and I rejected it every time."
Some see this as a move by the Pawlenty campaign to cut into Romney's early lead in nation polls, especially ones in New Hampshire.