- Article by: STEVE LeBLANC , Associated Press
- Updated: April 15, 2011 – 6:25 PM
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Greater Boston Tea Party’s third annual “Tax Day” rally on Boston Common in Boston, Friday, April 15, 2011. Pawlenty, a Republican, announced last week that he was forming an exploratory committee for a 2012 White House bid.
BOSTON – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is urging the nation to toss out the federal tax code and start over to reflect the needs of a much smaller government.
Pawlenty spoke at a tax day rally Friday sponsored by tea party activists on Boston Common.
Pawlenty, who is weighing a run for the Republican nomination for president, declined take on potential GOP rival and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney directly, but said he opposed the federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama.
A Massachusetts law signed by Romney in 2006 provided a blueprint for the national law. Romney said he also opposes the federal law.
About 500 people attended the rally, including a few dozen tea party critics who said they wanted to highlight the group’s right wing agenda.