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Pawlenty, once critical, now endorses Bachmann for Congress

Posted by: under 2012 Presidential election, 6th District, Gov. Tim Pawlenty Updated: February 24, 2012 - 5:35 PM
Credit Getty Images

Credit Getty Images

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty had little good to say about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann when they were both vying for the GOP presidential nomination. In their famous clash in the Iowa straw poll debate in August, Pawlenty assailed his fellow Republican’s record in Congress as “nonexistent.”
 
After Bachmann won the straw poll, forcing Pawlenty out of the presidential contest, he gave his support not to Bachmann but to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
 
But on Friday, the Bachmann campaign announced she had snagged Pawlenty’s endorsement in her bid for a fourth term in the U.S. House.
 
Bachmann termed herself “thrilled” to accept Pawlenty’s support. But a press release announcing the endorsement did not carry the usual words of praise from the endorsing politician.
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