Pawlenty Fires Back After Conan O'Brien Disses His Campaign

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe ( @jaffematt ) reports:

Yesterday it was Michele Bachmann who tangled with Tim Pawlenty. Today it’s… Conan O’Brien.

In a tweet earlier today, O’Brien quipped, “Is it too early to predict that Tim Pawlenty will not be a popular Halloween costume?”

Hours later Pawlenty fired back with a tweet of his own. “@ConanOBrien Wait until I unveil my Team Coco wig then everyone will want the costume. It might even deliver IA for me #ginger #iacaucus.”

In recent days – following a dismal debate performance in New Hampshire and disappointing second-quarter fundraising numbers – Pawlenty has had to combat a slew of pre-obituaries about his struggling campaign and his “Minnesota nice” reputation. On Friday the New York Times published a story entitled, “Will Republican Race’s First In Be The First Out?” And on Sunday NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked him, “Are you too dull to be president?”

“Well, look, if people want the entertainer-in-chief, they should vote for somebody else," Pawlenty replied.

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