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Pawlenty says ’05 Minnesota government shutdown should have lasted longer

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty continued his media tour with an appearance on Fox News Tuesday, drawing a comparison between Minnesota’s 2005 budget shutdown and the federal government’s potential shutdown in the coming months.

Host Neil Cavuto asked him if he would be open to the federal government shutting down if legislators did not vote to raise the debt limit. Pawlenty drew on his experience during the ’05 Minnesota shutdown, saying — as he has said before — it should have lasted longer, as he should have pushed for more of his own agenda in the final deal. “In Minnesota, it’s a very liberal place. It leans pretty hard the other way. I had to draw lines in the sand and I had to back it up. It wasn’t always pretty but — we had shut downs.”

When asked whether a shutdown was “playing with fire,” Pawlenty said, “In Minnesota we survived it okay. You don’t want to be reckless or irresponsible about it, but there’s going to have to be some lines in the sand.” He used the phrase “lines in the sand” three times in a little over a minute.

(h/t TPM)

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