By offering a dramatic tax-cut proposal, the former Republican governor of Minnesota was sending a message to the party’s front-runner, Mitt Romney, that he does not intend to cede the economic issues as the two men battle for the Republican party’s presidential nomination.
“We can fix our economy,” Mr. Pawlenty pledged during a speech at the University of Chicago. “Our people are ready to get back to work. We just need to give them tools to get there. And get the government out of the way.”