Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, taking the gloves off, said Sunday that fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann’s record is “nonexistent.”

Pawlenty’s tough comments come as he faces mounting questions about the viability of his campaign. The former Minnesota governor is trailing far behind his competitors in the polls, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney typically leading and Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, catching up to him.

“I like Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve campaigned for her, I respect her. But her record of accomplishment in Congress is nonexistent,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We’re not looking for folks who just have speech capabilities. We’re looking for people who can lead a large enterprise in a public setting. … I’ve done that, she hasn’t.”

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