September 19th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty slams Dems on 'reckless' spending

Pawlenty spoke Friday night at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.
Pawlenty spoke Friday night at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON (CNN)–In one of his most politically charged addresses to date, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty strongly criticized Democrats and the Obama administration Friday for "reckless" and "irresponsible" spending.

Speaking before conservatives at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, Pawlenty insisted the Democrats' attempt at revamping the health care system will run the country into the ground.

"This proposal needs to get killed," Pawlenty said. "It is a bad idea."

"Well, with all due respect, Mr. President," Pawlenty added, "if we're out of money, stop spending it."

The two-term Governor spent a portion of his speech touting his successes in Minnesota, and discussed faith, values, and his views against same-sex marriage.

But perhaps the most rousing response came when Pawlenty directly responded to the Democratic National Committee's recent attack ad painting him as a liar and "extremist," attempting to appeal to his party's far-right wing.

"I accept the challenge… I'll call you out," Pawlenty said.

"Here's my message: Stop spending the country into bankruptcy. Stop taxing us into oblivion. And the next time you address a group of young people maybe you should apologize for the crushing debt you're putting on their shoulders," he said.

In response to his attacks, DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan repeated charges of Pawlenty's "extreme" ways.

"It looks like Tim Pawlenty isn't even going to offer the pretense of being anything but an extreme right wing radical anymore," Sevugan said in a statement. "At least it's honest, and if you've seen what he's said on health care lately you know that's a rare feat."

Earlier this year, Pawlenty announced he would not run next year for a third term as Governor, a move seen by many as a signal that he is interested in running for the White House.

Since then, he has been a constant critic of the current administration's policies.


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soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. ender

    It never cesses to amaze me at how quickly republicans forget their own overzealous borrow and spending habits. He convinently fogets the Regan era spending, the Bush era spending, the Clinton era SURPLUS, and then another Bush era of SPENDING.

    And he's crying about being taxed to death? The middle class got a large tax CUT at the begining of Obamas administration. And I have not seen my taxes rasied besides the cigarret tax.

    Lies.

    Distortions.

    And screaming antics is all the republicans have.

    I just wish they'd be HONEST just ONCE. Just ONCE. PLEASE republicans be HONEST JUST ONCE!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    @Is there a fiscal conservative candidate out there? "Someone neds to speak up for fiscal responsibility and the Constitiution. Whoever that is (and surely it won't be Obama) has my vote in 2012!"

    Ron Paul.

    Not only is he fiscal a conservative, he understands, in great detail, the art and science of economics.

    September 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Boy, the GOP and their lackeys really know how to pile it on. They are so insulting to their base, treating them like idiots, expecting them to forget the massive national debt racked up by Reagan and George W.

    If I were a Republican, I would be so sick of being treated like I didn't have a brain, jerked around with lies every election season.

    Republicans may not like all of the Democrats politicies, but at least we treat you like adults.

    September 19, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. foxrun

    Just wait and see when we start to see inflation take hold. What I can't wait for is to see the day when people will look back and see the blunder of a president this Obama will have been. He is a joke.

    September 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. wwf

    Pawlenty has almost ruined Mn. His approach to health care is to cut it. Just ask. The fools that voted him in in Mn. have been paying for it ever since. I have not heard of one, not one plan from the GOP to match it up against the DFL. The GOP wants it aaaaaalllllllll their way or nothing. Some Dems are that way to. Bunch of spoiled children.

    September 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Jim Hanson

    Hurray for someone willing to stand up to the insanity going on in D.C. At least Bush didn't raise our taxes and had a strong economy when he spent so recklessly. Drunk-spending money and raising taxes in this economy is just suicidal. And then to Europeanize the world's greatest healthcare system on top of it! At least in Europe they're lowering their taxes and spending the money, at least those who can afford to, on American health care.

    September 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Andi

    What does he consider 'reckless'? Spending by anyone except Republicans? They keep throwing out the word 'reckless', but the spending has been anything but. A lot of the stimulus was changed because the Dems wanted to have GOP input and caved into some of their stupid demands (see the credit card reforms that had to have a rider for some handgun issues). sheesh

    September 19, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Chris from NC

    That's funny!!! All I have to ask is how did you manage to hold your tongue on government spending for the past eight years?

    September 19, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. S M R

    This is the same Idiot that voted for Bush Policies 100% of the time. What do these hacks think we are stupid. LISTEN TIM, 1. Bush signed the first bailout without regulation or oversight and Obama had to go back and recover Millions from wallstreet. 2. Invaded Iraq with no proof of WMD. 3. The NO BID CONTRACTS for Cheneys Halliburton CO. 4. TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS that don't worked and will NEVER work. Your ARGUMENT is foolish and we know that we can't afford another Republican in the White House for years to come. OBAMA 2012, CLINTON 2016, 2020.

    September 19, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    Pawlenty slammed the Democrats about spending? He had every right to do so. He is cutting spending in his state as we speak. While I agree that ACORN should have it's plug pulled, Gov. Pawlenty actually did it. He ordered all state agencies to stop all funding to ACORN.

    WAIT. I am in error. No I am correct. He did issue that order. OH I see the problem. His state was never providing any funding to ACORN. Well if they are not providing any funding to ACORN, why would he issue a state wide order to cease all funding to an agency they are not funding?

    I guess it's just good politics to be on the safe side.

    September 19, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. sonnie2

    Neither Romney Pawlenty Huckabee Nor Palin will ever be POTUS
    They are all looney bins.What a bunch of hypocrits
    They are putting down every thing the Dems do or tried to do yet they wont or cant come up with a better solution.
    This is politics all they are doing is trying to make political gains.
    They were all governors except Pawlenty who is still governor And none of them had set an example that America could follow .

    Gee what a country

    September 19, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Ron Paul Republican

    Governor Pawlenty – I wish the republicans would do what you say "if we're out of money, stop spending it." That was something that a Republican President, Republican majority in the House of Representatives and Republican majority in the Senate completely failed at. Please forgive my skepticism when I hear Republicans claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility now. I no longer believe it.

    September 19, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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