September 12th, 2009
12:31 PM ET
5 years ago

DNC paints Pawlenty as liar

The DNC is out with a new ad painting Gov. Pawlenty as a 'liar.'
The DNC is out with a new ad painting Gov. Pawlenty as a 'liar.'

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Ahead of President Obama's visit to Minneapolis Saturday, the Democratic National Committee is out with a new attack ad painting Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as a politician attempting to appeal to the "extremists" in the Republican party.

"Tim Pawlenty is spreading lies about health reform," the nearly two-minute web ad charges.

The ad titled "Tim Pawlenty: In the extreme," is a compilation of interviews the Minnesota governor has given over the past few months in which he calls the President's health plan a "joke" and claims the bill "might affect end of life decisions."

Highlighting Pawlenty's recent campaign efforts for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, the ad accuses him of "campaigning for extremists."

Pawlenty, who was on Sen. John McCain's short list of vice presidential candidates, has also been rumored to be one of the leading Republican candidates running for president in 2012.

Friday, the Republican party of Minnesota released an ad calling President Obama's health care plan "risky," and urging him to "slow down and do health care reform the right way."

The President speaks in Minnesota Saturday at a health care reform rally that begins at 1230p CT/130p ET.

UPDATE: RNC Spokesman LeRoy Coleman released the following statement in response to the DNC ad:

“Once again, the Democrats are desperately trying to shift attention away from their extraordinarily unpopular health care plan – especially on a day when the President is bringing his traveling road show to Minnesota in an attempt to sell his floundering government-run health care proposal. Minnesotans, however, aren’t fooled by the rhetoric. The President’s government-run health care plan would increase costs, increase taxes, increase the deficit and reduce health care choice and quality.”

Filed under: President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Pragmatic

    I'm watching the Rally – live – on CNN ... the shouts of "yes we can!" from the people there ... come across loud and clear ...

    This is the governor of the state that couldn't seat a Senator for 7 months ... this is the governor – so conscious of cutting costs – that bridge repairs were not a priority -and a a major bridge collapsed ... this is the party whose "alternative budget" was 19 pages – with No Numbers... not much to admire.

    September 12, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Willow

    Republicans have behaved as badly as they did in supporting Richard Nixon and Watergate! They didn't learn one thing from listning to and supporting liars.

    Now they desperately throw their lies at the wall to see if it will stick, well it isn't!

    I hope and believe Wilson is going to get his pathetic lying backside stomped into the ground by an honorable soldier who has fought for his country.

    September 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Will in Minneapolis

    It would be nice of the Governor to try and fix all of things he screwed up in the state, instead of campaigning for McDonnell of all people.

    September 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Barbara Independent in NY

    I can't wait to see all the things that he's said played back when he starts "officially" campaigning for president. Keeping playing to the loony right Pawlenty. Loser.

    September 12, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. KevinBob

    I bet the DNC are real good at analyzing liars since they are chronic liars themselves. I see that not one day goes by when one of these losers are not out their lying to someone somewhere. They can not survive without lying because they would lose every debate or argument if they stuck to the truth. America is going to reject the liars and criminals that dominate the DNC and all the groups that support them like the taxpayer funded criminal arm of the Obama administration, ACORN.

    September 12, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Liberals are Hypocrites

    Now who's calling whom a liar? God, you liberals suck.

    BTW, a president's speech before Congress should be received totally impartially. Just as there should be no negative outcries, there should be NO cheering for the speech, either. Yet the Dems clearly brought in their amplifiers to shout up Obama. Hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Vigla

    Boo hoo, RNC... Boo Hoo. Your statement, like all your other proposals and critisizms, are not based in fact. In fact, a majority support the Democrats proposals.

    Keep throwing tantrums, RNC, you are the party of whine and complain. Need some cheese?

    September 12, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Tracy

    Stupid still is as stupid still does.. Republicans are still "Stuck on Stupid" And the poor black republicans are just downright ignorant wannabe's..

    September 12, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. JS007

    No one in the GOP is brave enough to stand up to Fox propaganda and the fools that follow it. So, if Pawlenty is willing to run for President and only win 40% of the vote then he's welcome to give President Obama another landslide. I hope he picks Palin as his VP.

    September 12, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. John

    Greatest health care on earth? Entertaining hyperbole? Oh I get it, you were being sarcastic.

    September 12, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Olivia

    Obama healthcare "Risky"? Keeping things as they are is much more riskier– doing nothing is much more riskier. Not having invested in bridges upgrades and checks in riskier. BTY isn't this guy the one who negleted the money to check for the status of the infamous collapsed bridge in Minnesota?

    –THis GOP guys are pathetic!!!

    September 12, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. JV

    It's pathetic when the best the democrats can do is call names.

    September 12, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Glennis

    Not that I'm a big fan of Pawlenty, but let's be honest here. The DNC thinks all Republicans except for those they can count on to roll over, i.e., Snowe, Collins etc., are "liars". Get real.

    September 12, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. beautiful barack

    Jeff – too bad just now in MN , Our President hit it out of the ball park – the people went wild with CHEERS! He WILL get health care reform passed THIS YEAR including the PUBLIC OPTION! Wahooooo – way to go Mr. president!

    September 12, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Hugo

    I think anyone with half a brain knows who the liars are in all of this, the politicians. The left wing blog machine can spew but the numbers in Washington DC today are just the surface of the American disdain for what this current Administration and the whole of Washington have done to OUR America. The whole of the Nation has to stomach how we govern OURSELVES and we have seen the massive power grab the left has initiated under the guise of healthcare, environment, energy and helping the poor. We are awake now and all those "right wing hate riddled racist homegrown astro turf terrorists" that do not go along with being run BY the government will hand you all your exit papers in 2010 and in 2012.

    September 12, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. beautiful barack

    DAve – you people have NO intentions whatsoever to reform health care – period! So – Mr. President – has to move on with out you all! He will get it this year and i cannot wait to hear all the boohoos from the RETHUGs then.....oh dear oh dear.

    September 12, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. VP

    How many of you are going to take your Social Security money when it comes time?

    How many of you are going to take your Medicare/Medicaid payments?

    How many of you drive on roads paved by public dollars?

    Do you use your public library?

    Ever called the police or the fire departments?

    Do you hope the US military protects you?

    Do you check your mail every day except Sunday?

    The Republicans started the War in Iraq and still have not explained why.
    The Republicans broke the financial system and started TARP.
    The Republicans brought you $4 gas, did that hurt you at all?

    I'm stunned at how ignorant America is becoming.

    We're not Socialists, We're not Capitalists.

    WE'RE AMERICANS and we use the best of all systems when they suit us the most.

    September 12, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Deuce

    Health Reform? Doctors practise medcin. It is not to be interfered with. You cannot second-guess medcine.. What your Democrats are trying to do, Is land on the moon with no fuel..

    September 12, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. S M R

    The GOP has NO ARGUMENT, Case closed.

    September 12, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Mike in MN

    I think the American people are figuring out that the real liers and real threat to our nation are the radical liberals and socialists that have taken over the Democrats. That includes Obama and Pelosi. By the time the 2010 election comes around, any candidate that even comes close to looking like a liberal will not have a chance. If you are a candidate that supports Obama's liberal agenda of tax and spend and massive out of control deficits, you won't have a chance. The American people are taking their country back from the radicals that have taken over and corrupted Washington.

    September 12, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. lysa from California

    I think it would be really helpful for the American people if CNN did another "Truth or Lie's" segment on many of the Health care reform issues. Present the facts, let the truth speak for itself.

    The truth is that our nation is being divided from within and if we are not careful I fear that we will become the "Divided States" of America and where will that leave us as a nation?

    September 12, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Nea

    What plan is the right plan for the Republicans? NONE because the truth is they dont want Health Care Reformed. When you dont want to do something we all can make excuses just like the Republicans are doing now making excuses we already went from death panels to they havent read the bill form too much government to agovernment takeover to we cant afford it now its the wrong bill. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE AN EXCUSE WITH THESE GUYS. Im glad they are holding an rally for their supporters because it shows that their supporters are just like them, look at the HATE they are spuring its not really about big government its about this President because why are they holding up signs about the President being a socialist a marxist and they even tried to draw his face on one of the signs they are holding. and at the Democrat rally all you see is signs like health reform now or whatever. SO LET THEM GO ON ABOUT THEIR RALLY SO THE WOLRD CAN SEE THE HATE THEY HAVE TOWARDS A BLACK PRESIDENT!

    September 12, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. annie s

    He doesn't have to be "painted" as a liar. He is a liar.

    September 12, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Joanna in PA

    What is unpopular are the lies that the GOP and the insurance companies have spread. I wouldn't want any of those things either. But they are flat out lies. Want almost 70% of America does want is what Obama spoke about during his speak in front of the joint houses. And want we want is for the GOP to stop trying to make Our elected president seem illegitimate. They are wick folks with only there personal interests at heart.

    September 12, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Mark from Minnesota

    T-Paw has been a great Gov. He has kept the DFL in MN in check. MN budget had gone up double digits bi-annually for the past 20 years and the Dem's still complain its not enough. Over half of the budget is spent on Education-Minnesota and they still cry they are under funded. The fact is there will never enough money or free help programs for the Dems to consume.

    You Dems need to realize that Obama isn't always correct and his idea's are not flawless. Projects in the corporate world that are only 1/32 the magnatude the current HealthCare Reform is take months if not years to design and implement. This Obama plan was crafted, changed and sold as the end all, be all in less than 7 months. I call that rushed!

    September 12, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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