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. tisgoogle

    This man is a WINGNUT just like Palin and the rest of the disrespectful
    group party of NO!

    September 19, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Hencat

    Another Republican presidential wannabe who mimicks the symptoms of rabies in his quest to ingratiate himself with the already rabid Republican right wing...errr Party as there is no moderate or left wing left of the GOP. One of the symptoms must be amnesia.

    September 19, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Cheryl from MN

    Pawlenty, I live in Minnesota and I don't like what you have done in our state. We have the best welfare system in the country and everyone across America wants to live here who don't care to work for free handouts and YOU raise our taxes to pay for it. You also CUT spending on roads and bridges and they are in horrible condition, good evidence of that is the bridge that collapsed and many were Killed in St Paul Minnesota! I sure hope fellow Americans don't elect you President in 2012 if they want safe roads and bridges. And our young people want a future that includes Health Coverage. My own children do, no matter what the cost! It's better than having nothing!!! The older generations don't care! They are generations of selfish people who care only for themselves. Our country may be more caring after those generations are gone!

    September 19, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. D Olson

    Unfortunately living in MInnesota I have had to listen to this self appointed naysayer for years. He has done absolutely nothing productive or positive in two terms as governor here. Other than castigate those who want to improve things he has accomplished little in the way of attracting new jobs or any new industrial or consumer base to the state. A run for president, all you will get from him is negative verbiage.

    September 19, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. We Won Get Over It

    This guy really thinks he has a chance to even get nominated as a candidate for the presidency....look what he did to the perfectly good state of Minnesota. He has been running around the country for the last six months when he should be trying to help dig us out of a hole he put us in.....like bush we were fine, till he took office. Goodness knows how in the heck he got there anyways. And now we are in terrible shape. All he wants to do is thrown all out taxpayer money to big business. He cut funding for schools, hospitals, social services anything for the public but he sure as heck helped big business. He is a bigger joke than bush.

    September 19, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Cheryl from MN

    Pawlenty may have served two terms but that doesn't mean he does a good job people! Most everyone I know didn't vote for him, I don't know how he did it.

    September 19, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. sherry

    That's calling the kettle black.....The republicans had 8 years of wasteful spending and Bush putting us in a war that was unnecessary. Repubs think their holier than thou and I'm quite sick of their smug attitudes.

    September 19, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. David

    Where was Pawlenty for the past eight years when Bush and the Repubs were squandering the surplus left by the Clinton Administration?

    Pathetic how nakedly two-faced these guys are. Fiddling while Rome burns. That's all Republicans know how to do.

    September 19, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Hencat

    Another Republican presidential wannabe who mimicks the symptoms of rabies in his quest to ingratiate himself with the already rabid Republican right wing...errr Party as there is no moderate or left wing left of the GOP. One of the symptoms must be amnesia. Pawlenty forgets it was the Bush tax cuts that drove up the deficit, something we could not afford, a lame prescription drug plan that costs as much as the proposed health care plan, and a necessary stimulus program since the Fed was out of its typical monetary policy bullets.

    Where were these so called fiscal conservatives during the eight years in power? The last administration to balance a budget was under Bill Clinton! These guys are just hypocrites! Call them out as liars.

    September 19, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. AJ

    As opposed to republicans spending? Republicans are really revolting human beings. None of them would know the truth if it marched though their supper!

    September 19, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. AA

    Now that was newsworthy (sic).

    Yet another mental midget with ZERO to offer.

    Someone please analyze his districts budget and post on how it is balanced and serves the people that elected him.

    September 19, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Sf guy

    Last man standing-back to basics

    September 19, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. KK

    Who got us into this financial debt? Let us go back to 2007 and look at where things started falling apart and ask ourselves who was at the helm?

    September 19, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. EKS

    This same old song and dance about spending by the Republicans is really bothering me. Lets think about the money we spent on a war that should have never taken place. To date, $687 billion dollars have been allocated to the war in Iraq since 2003. So please come up with a better attack.

    September 19, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Get real!

    If both sides could get past name calling they might get something accomplished. I think the U.S. Capital Police need to start taking some babysitting classes; they seem to be running a daycare center!

    September 19, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. MOTO

    No wonder it took so long to seat Franken.

    September 19, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. johnrj08

    If this guy put on an expensive designer dress he could pass for Sarah Palin. He conveniently ignores dire predictions about rising health care costs and premiums, then demands that the president do nothing. I guess we all know where Pawlenty is expecting his biggest campaign contributions to come from.

    September 19, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Taylor

    Did not Bush spend millions on 2 wars and the Iraqi people? WHAT is Tim talking about? President Obama had to jump start the economy. Where was all this fiscal concern when Bush was in Office

    September 19, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    And where were you, Pawlenty, when George W. Bush was driving our country into financial chaos???

    Did Pawlenty ever tell Georgie to stop spending money our country doesn't have......?

    September 19, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Ken in Gainesville

    I recently watched the HBO series on John Adams. I looked at the statesmen of then compared with today's sorry lot. Not a statesman among the Republicans, nor a man/woman of the caliber of public service thought necessary in the realy days of this country. Such a juvenile group of ego-centric whiners we have today. Pawlenty is a prime example. If it wasn't for the Obama Administration, the national, nay the world's, financial economy would have collapsed in a heap. We are fortunate that we have thoughtful leaders in the White House, rather than the "hate the government (i.e., country)" bumpkins from the red states. If this is the best statemanship we can hold from conservatives (the group of NO), then the Democrats will hold power for a long time.

    September 19, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. katiec

    From what I understand from the people of MN Pawlenty has almost destroyed their state.
    He truly respresents the republican party. Hiding behind religion he lies, distorts, fear mongers and helps and supports the inciting of radical, racist behavior.
    Their hypocrasy is unbelievable.
    The definiton of terrorists as those out to destroy a country in any way possible and at any cost.
    Does this remind you of the party of NO?

    September 19, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Fed Up

    Oh, but sir, we aren't out of money. The mint can cut more, and the taxpayers are good for another 50% of their income. Inflation? No problem. We don't need money. The government is taking over everything anyway, and will be able to dole out the groceries it feels we should have. They will also be limited so we don't get fat and cost the insurance companies money.

    September 19, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Chad

    "Here's my message: Stop spending the country into bankruptcy... 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 should have said this to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and his Republican friends who unbalanced the budget, started wars, and gave a trillion dollars in welfare to millionaires.
    The tax part ("Stop taxing us into oblivion") makes no sense since Obama has not raised taxes.

    September 19, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. greg hill

    The republican party only wants to keep the middle class down. Remember the state the country was in at the end of George W. Bush's presidency? No? Well, it was locked into an uncontrolled nosedive headed directly toward a major depression!!!!

    The Democratic party, working together, steered the country out of the nosedive and into the direction of recovery. The republicans wanted nothing to do with it. They WANTED to see the devastation a depression would've caused!! These republicans are cruel, war mongering extremists whose values and opinions are far too old-fashioned for the modern world the rest of us live in. I mean, really, theirs is the type of mind-set that murdered, raped and pillaged the American Indian in order to steal their country from them! We cannot afford to listen to these hateful, dangerous right wingers any longer!!!!

    VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. L. Song

    We went trillions into deficit under Bush and the republicans never said WORD ONE. We are spending now because if we don't the economic crisis will turn into a worse nightmare – and they know it because they got us here. AND, all they do is scream and yell and rant and vote no every time Obama tries to do something constructive – but they offer NO solutions of their own. Obama has been president for a few months. He did not make this mess. The republicans are just frothing at the mouth after power. It is disgusting.

    September 19, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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