Tim Pawlenty Is Managing Expectations for Tonight’s GOP Debate

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28:  Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations on June 28, 2011 in New York City. In what was billed as a major foreign policy speech, Pawlenty criticized the Obama administration on its handling of the events shaping the "Arab Spring."  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28: Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations on June 28, 2011 in New York City. In what was billed as a major foreign policy speech, Pawlenty criticized the Obama administration on its handling of the events shaping the "Arab Spring." (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images

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]