Pawlenty won't raise taxes under any scenario, which leaves him with few options. He wants a special legislative session to hash out some compromise. He's said that his budget cuts won't spare anything but veterans payments and public safety. In December, Pawlenty told New Hampshire Republicans that he favored a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, foreshadowing a possible early presidential campaign theme. A favored metaphor of late is: "The bathtub is overflowing onto the floor, and the first thing we need to do is shut off the faucet." Pawlenty advisers have promised to build a top-notch Internet-based campaign infrastructure. What Pawlenty needs now is supporters to harness, and, with solid social conservative credentials in hand, he's making a play for the anti-tax, Club for Growth types.
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