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Pawlenty Dials Back 'Obamneycare' in New Hampshire

ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty coined a word Sunday -- Obamneycare -- and he has spent the past day trying not to repeat it.

Reporters following Pawlenty around New Hampshire have asked him if this new word, tying frontrunning Republican Tim Pawlenty to President Obama on health care reform, signals a newly-combative Republican contest and if Pawlenty will stir the pot at Monday's debate.

ABC's Aaron Katersky asked Pawlenty about the "Obamneycare" statement outside Caesario's pizza parlor in Manchester. Pawlenty did not repeat the term.

"I was just asked a question that related to similarities between what Obamacare was and what they did in Massachusetts and reiterating the president's own words that he looked to Massachusetts to merge or blend those proposals. That the president said he looked to Massachusetts as the blueprint for his plan."

Asked if he would use the term during Monday's debate, Pawlenty said "probably not."

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