Tim Pawlenty vows to run on repealing 'Obamacare'

T-Paw says he'll decide on a presidential bid by early next year.

T-Paw says he'll decide on a presidential bid by early next year.

As his final term as Minnesota's governor winds down, Tim Pawlenty is upping the anti-Obama rhetoric.

In an interview on CNN yesterday, Pawlenty bashed 'Obamacare' by bragging about how he commanded Minnesota to pass on federal health care money.

He also said that appealing the health care overhaul will be a major point of his campaign whenever he finally admits he's running for president.


"I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country," T-Paw told CNN's Candy Crowley. "I'm doing everything I can in Minnesota to stop, delay or avoid its implementation in my state, including signing an executive order saying we're not going to participate unless required by law or approved by me."

Aspects of the health care reform bill will be implemented gradually between now and 2014. By 2012, many changes will have already gone into affect -- price cuts on certain prescriptions for seniors and funding community health centers, to name a couple -- so if the Pawlenty regime does come to power, he'll be taking these programs away.

When talk turned to Pawlenty's national ambitions, he still wouldn't commit to Crowley on whether he's running for president. But he at least gave himself a soft deadline on when he'll make the call.

"Well, I don't know for sure what I'm going to do after I'm done being governor, Candy," he said. "I'll decide that early next year."