Gov. Pawlenty gave a roughly thirty minute speech to the Heritage Foundation. Pawlenty used his speech to criticize the state’s teacher unions, defend Arizona’s immigration law and suggest that he would refuse to allow Minnesota from accepting early Medical Assistance. Pawlenty said we would hear some news in the coming days that Pawlenty would refuse to accept the MA option (made available through the new federal health care law) but he has said repeatedly that he wouldn’t accept the MA option.
The Heritage Foundation’s Nick Reid and Darryl Owens introduced Pawlenty. Pawlenty’s speech starts about 9:30 minutes into the file.
You can listen to the speech here:
Pawlenty is in Oklahoma today to raise money for Oklahoma’s Republican candidate for governor. He also gives a speech in Tennessee on Friday.