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Pawlenty: Voters picked Obama for ‘leadership,’ not ‘gifts’

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Speaking to C-SPAN on Friday, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) contradicted failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s assessment of why he lost to President Barack Obama, saying that voters picked Obama for “leadership considerations,” not for the “gifts” he’d supposedly given them.

“I think President Obama, first of all, just tactically did a better job getting out the vote in his campaign,” Pawlenty told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” in an interview set to air Sunday. “But number two, he, at least at the margins, was better able to connect with people in this campaign.”

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He added that Obama’s supporters weren’t “looking at the election and saying, ‘I’m going to vote because of gifts.’ I think they looked at it and said which one of these candidates would they prefer because of leadership consideration and also can understand their needs best,” he explained.

Questioned specifically on Romney’s claim that Obama’s “gifts” swayed women and minority voters, he took exception.

“You know, I don’t think its as simple as saying the president gave out gifts,” he said. “I just don’t think it’s that simple. There’s a lot more to it than that.”

This video was published to YouTube by C-SPAN on Friday, November 16, 2012.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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