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Tim Pawlenty: 'Barack Obama is the Barney Fife of presidents,' like Jimmy Carter

Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign hosted 12 press-conference calls this afternoon to respond to the Democratic National Committee's two "Mitt vs. Mitt" ads hitting the presidential candidate for his reversals.

Romney's campaign co-chair and former rival, former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, said President Obama and the Democrats are doing all they can to avoid talking about jobs.

"Barack Obama is the Barney Fife of presidents," Pawlenty said, calling Obama's performance "stumbling, bumbling, ineffective" and reminiscent of Jimmy Carter.

"The last thing they want to do is run against Mitt Romney....They are purposely and systematically... trying to tear him down," Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty ticked off the misery-index increases under Obama: unemployment, deficits and taxes (albeit, they haven't increased much).

"It's obvious Barack Obama does not want to face Mitt Romney.... He would lose in each of these categories," Pawlenty said. He said the DNC's character assassination of Romney was simple: They have nothing to brag about.

"They dont want to focus on their own failure," Pawlenty said.

When asked about the New Hampshire Union Leader's endorsement of Newt Gingrich, Pawlenty shrugged it off. He said Romney was going to get his "fair share" of endorsements, but can't "win them all."

Added Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho: "In no way is this primary over yet." She said the campaign would try to win in Iowa (a first by a campaign at times that seemed to cold-shoulder the Hawkeye State). "Our strategy is to win there," she said. 

No mention of Florida, but Romney is well-positioned to win here. He'll be fundraising and campaigning tonight and tomorrow in Coral Gables, Miami, Naples and Tampa. In Miami, at 8:30 a.m., he'll tour Conchita Foods (maker of tasty guava paste and other Cuban foods) and at 4 p.m., he has a Tampa Port event.