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SPIN METER: Former Minn. Gov. Pawlenty's 2005 government shutdown 'win' more of a compromise
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ' Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is seizing on a state government shutdown in his home state to try to spark a flagging presidential campaign. He has even cut a campaign commercial reminding voters that he also presided over a partial state government shutdown, which he says he "won."
In fact, Pawlenty was eager to end the 2005 shutdown and agreed to a hefty fee on cigarettes to do so. He called it a health impact fee. Some conservatives see it as a blot on his otherwise clean anti-tax record.
Just before the current Minnesota shutdown started, Pawlenty expressed regret about not letting the state's last government closure go on longer. That shutdown was far less extensive than the current one, ending with a deal on the ninth day.