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Two Reasons Why Tim Pawlenty Won't Be Mitt Romney's Running Mate

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is often mentioned as a shortlist candidate to be Mitt Romney's running mate. Two potential drawbacks: Pawlenty balanced Minnesota's budget by raising state fees — and in one 2002 clip said he will "outsource" to save the state government money.

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Pawlenty in 2002: I'll use "outsourcing" to save the Minnesota government money.

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A 2006 "oppo" file PDF of all fees that increased under Tim Pawlenty. They add up to $893 million, according to a non-partisan study.


Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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