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Anyone who's seen "Back to the Future" knows you don't call someone "chicken" unless you're ready to rumble.  And, judging by Republican Tim Pawlenty's appearance on "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, preparations seem to be underway for a presidential showdown in 2012.

The former Minnesota governor criticized President Barack Obama for hiding behind "soaring rhetoric" instead of confronting out-of-control entitlements.  While "most Americans understand we've got a problem," Pawlenty suggested Obama was a "chicken" during his State of the Union speech, lacking the political courage to do anything about it:

"As I try to remind people ... don't confuse being nice with being weak," Pawlenty said. "You can be hopeful and optimistic and strong, but you've also got to back it up."

(h/t Hot Air)

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