Tim Pawlenty Is Managing Expectations for Tonight’s GOP Debate

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When CBS News’s Norah O’Donnell asked Pawlenty what his goal was in tonight’s GOP debate, there were all kinds of things he could have said: Hammer Romney on health care, ding Obama on the economy, establish himself as a stronger voice and more vibrant persona, for instance. After all, Pawlenty needs to make a strong showing in the upcoming Iowa straw poll to keep his campaign alive. But instead, the Vanilla Thrilla went with “To drink less than 3 beers after the debate.” He makes no promises on how much whiskey he’ll down, though. [Norah O’Donnell/Twitter]