Pawlenty on the Individual Mandate
2:14 PM, May 27, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Via Dave Weigel, a new web video of mysterious origins is highlighting some Tim Pawlenty's more moderate statements. His past support of cap-and-trade is well known and he's already walked it back. The video includes a soundbite that might be problematic for Pawlenty.
In the video (around the 40-second mark) Pawlenty says while discussing health care: "I think a mandate by itself is potentially helpful." It's not clear when Pawlenty made that statement. As Ben Smith reports, Pawlenty was "open" to a mandate in 2006, but said "a mandate by itself does not much."
Read Smith's report here.