Tim Pawlenty Is Managing Expectations for Tonight’s GOP Debate


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]