Pawlenty scraps South Carolina trip

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has canceled a trip to the key presidential primary state of South Carolina because of budget woes at home.

Pawlenty's spokesman said Thursday that the 2-day trip was off.

The Republican governor and potential presidential candidate is dealing with the fallout of a court ruling that overturned budget cuts he made last year without legislative approval. He was in and out of meetings with legislative leaders on Thursday.

Pawlenty had been scheduled to attend a Friday reception for the South Carolina Republican Party. On Saturday, he had planned to stump for Mick Mulvaney, a GOP state senator who is challenging Democratic Rep. John Spratt, who heads the House Budget Committee.

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