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Democrats don't wait to go after Pawlenty

ST. PAUL - Democrats are not waiting for Gov. Tim Pawlenty to become John McCain's running mate; they are attacking now.

The Democratic National Committee has launched, which criticizes the leading Republican vice presidential contenders, including Minnesota's governor.

In a telephone conference call with reporters introducing the Web site, state Sen. Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury, said Pawlenty is too partisan: "The success of our state is a result of a long-standing tradition in which politicians have put our state first before partisan politics. That has not been the case with our current governor."

She said that in many negotiations, "at the very end, he walks away."

Added Brian Melendez, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman: "Pawlenty represents more of the Bush-Cheney style of politics."