10/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pawlenty: If Dems Use Public Option As Trigger, They'll Shoot Themselves In The Foot

Even as members of President Obama's fractured party appeared to warm to the notion of putting a so-called "trigger" on any public health insurance option in health care reform legislation, Minnesota's Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the approach was a bad idea. He said it would not help create the bipartisanship the White House and some Congressional Democrats "particularly those in the Senate" are looking for in order to pass a health care reform bill by the end of the year.

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