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. Andrew

    another idiot another day

    September 19, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Adam from Ohio

    Awwww, it's so CUTE when boring, milquetoast, moderate Republicans try to act all vicious and mean and crazy-like in an effort to win the Republican presidential primary. Face it, Timmy ... you just aren't convincing dishing up the raw, red meat. Now, go back to Minnesohta, gosh darn it, and be the nice little guy you always were.

    September 19, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. A guy from Maine

    It is you and your Repuglican cohorts who "spent this country into bankruptcy," Pawlenty. The Dems are just trying to fix the BIG MESS you left us. The big lie continues. How typical. Liars and scumbags. We see through you. Keep going; you make it so easy.

    September 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Rush L.

    Goley Gee, what do you expect his opinion to be, Da.

    September 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. yoyolite

    Where was this guy when Bush was in office. Hypocrisy at its best.

    September 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Brad

    "if we're out of money, stop spending it."

    Um, Hello? Both Bush and Reagan administrations? Remember them?

    Geeze. Short term political memories.

    September 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Peggy

    Is anyone actually surprised by this???? Just more of the same ole, same ole, from the party of negativity and destruction. Where was all this criticism about government spending when the previous administration was pouring money down a rathole in Iraq??????

    September 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Bob

    what a tool

    September 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Lemonton

    So we have another case of selective memory and amnesia. I guess the Republican UNFUNDED ONE POINT FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH (more than enough to pay for the more generous health reform package) wasn't reckless spending?

    Also who remembers that the current spending is to fix precisely the fiscal & financial disaster left by Republicans under Bush

    September 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. concerned voter

    How can you believe anything these rethuglican scum say. They will twist anything to get back into power and get their millions on the side from lobbiests while steering us RIGHT back into the recession and into a great depression while they take their golden parruchute's and blame it on reckless spending. They could care less, they got us into this mess! They make so many promises but when do they ever go through with anything they say unless it's what the rich lobbiests and corporations say?

    September 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Positive

    Meet the new GOP-exactly the same as the old GOP.

    And look where that got us!

    September 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Bob

    I would listen a little bit to these idiots if they EVER had anything good to say about Obama. We all know that Everyone has to be right once in a while about something. These guys don't like ANYTHING including the way his wife dresses. Give me a break.

    About spending money, come on the Republicans have a LONG history of supporting big business so we all know that if they were in power pretty much the same thing would be going on except the auto people, banks, etc would have gotten even more. Why is it Republicans don't blink about money for a war, no make that a war we should not even be in but they complain about monies that help All Americans. A party to be proud of and an IQ like a rat.

    September 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Petena

    Pawlenty, the same guy who opposed to having the President of the United States speak to children across America about getting an education and staying in school. Perhaps that is his problem. He never listened to a US President in school and that is why he is such a fool.

    September 19, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. economist

    CNN's description of politics in America: X slams Y! Way to raise the level of discourse. X says inane garbage. Y responds with more inane garbage not even remotely related to what X said. X responds with doubly unrelated trash. So, CNN, why don't you do your *job* and analyze the drivel?

    September 19, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Fed up Monority

    Sorry Timmy

    With what you and your President(GWB) did to destroy our country.....we had to spending double to keep from sinking.......now sit back and watch President Obama work.

    September 19, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Zion

    Democrats are silly because the GOP would never get away with calling me fically irresponsible. Forget the past 8 years, lets look at their current proposals. They say that they care about small businesses, but yet they refuse to support any sort of healthcare reform which would take the pressure off small business owners. They are only concerned about malpractice suits (ie doctors,not the patients). I would show the charts for all bills they approved of and even those that the general public does not know that the GOP voted for. On the eve of Lehman Brothers failing, I said, well Lord at least the Republicans did not destroy the economy again, and there it was before I knew it. There is no way.

    September 19, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. 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!

    September 19, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Jay T.

    Who? And, furthermore, what exactly are Value Voters? War mongers and gun nuts? Well, I guess those are values.

    September 19, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. AndyB

    ha ha ha Did the dems hit a soft spot with their highlighting of your lies Mr. Pawlenty? Didn't your mommy teach you about telling lies when youi were little?

    September 19, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Mark from Louisiana

    He should be slamming the dems for this too. The dems complained about Cheney/Haliburton what about Obama/GE?

    Reuters reports an interesting nugget in the wake of President Barack Obama's decision to grant Vladimir Putin his wish and kill the Eastern European missile shield:

    Shortly after the pullback on the shield programme was announced, Russia's government said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin would meet several U.S. executives on Friday from firms including General Electric, Morgan Stanley as well as TPG, one of the world's largest private equity firms

    General Electric may be the company with the closest ties to the Obama administration (if not, GE is second only to Goldman Sachs), and here we see the company benefiting from an abrupt foreign policy change made by President Obama.

    September 19, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. RRRUSA

    Ok Gov Pawlenty, President Obama just cut a big pork barrel missle defense system in Eastern Europe, saving BILLIONS of dollars...does that sound like reckless spending? The system would have been obsolete by the time it was implemented, would never have been used, and left to slowly rust like most of our Cold War Era defense relics. Common sense dictates that we can deal with Russia politically and economically without needlessly spending billions of dollars. Last I looked our markets are not flooded with Russian goods hurting our economy.

    What is your comment on that? You can't have it both ways, either you want spending cuts or you don't. If you are a hypocrite on this issue we will call YOU out.

    September 19, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. musician

    With all due respect Mr Governor, the debt will be much much higher without healthcare reform. That you seem to be unaware of the causes of out-of-control health care spending leads me to conclude that you are an idiot.

    September 19, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Toni G Phoenix, AZ

    Tim Pawlenty has been disastrous for the state of Minnesota. By every measure they have lost ground since he took office. His mantra of no new taxes means that counties and cities have had to raise real estate taxes and fees to try to survive. A once proud polical tradition devolved to the likes of Tim and Norm Coleman – republican toadies who would do anything, say anything, get in bed with anybody to get elected. This man wants to be our president and by no standard does he measure up. To the right wingers, abiilty and ethics are irrelevant so I am sure he will get his wish.

    September 19, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Every

    Where was Mr Pawlenty's voice and the protestors, when George bush was president? George Bush squandered 5 trillion in surplus, did not pay, for Wars in Iraq and Afgantistan, did not pay for over 3 trillion in tax cuts, bailout money for banks, child medicare or disability bills he signed! This totaled and left president Obama with at least an 8- 9 trillion deficit at the start of his presidency! SOUNDS LIKE A DOUBLE STANDARD AND HYPOCRISY BY REPUGLICANS! MAYBE ITS RACISM, IFYOU FACTOR IN THE, LIES, MISREPRESENTATION, DISTORTION, FICTION, DECEPTION IN JUST 8 MONTHS, BY DEFICIT HAWK REPUGLICANS!

    September 19, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Scott, Tucson

    I would take an extreme right wing radical over an extreme left wing socialist any day.

    September 19, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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