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. Jose

    Again, more screaming republicans but no ideas. So I guess the republicans have adopted the motto – more screaming, less ideas.

    September 19, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. steve88

    Just remember timmy p has never received 50% of the vote in Minnesota, and has refused to negotiate with dems here. He hasnt exactly shown statesmenship

    September 19, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. minnesotan

    As Mr. Pawlenty has cut taxes for his wealthy friends, built stadiums to subsidize billionaires, and cut funding for education, the once high standards of life in this state are slowly eroding. Poverty is up, wages down, property "fees" are soaring to make up for his cut in state income taxes. (Fees are of course not deductible). Roads are disintegrating and bridges are falling. If you are wealthy, things are great as ever. If you actually work for your money, you are floundering.
    You can't cure cancer on a budget for aspirin. Pawlenty would rather ignore the disease altogether.

    September 19, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Canadian

    A lightweight blowhard, ...talks big, thinks small, offers nothing.

    September 19, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. josh

    the thing is republicans and democrats spend like drunken sailors because its not there money. l

    September 19, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. JS007

    What "values" are these people celebrating?

    – Denying health care to the middle class so insurance companies can keep raking in profits?
    – Lying (e.g. death panels)?
    – Getting paranoid about non-issues (e.g. Czars, of which Bush had more, and there we no complaints).
    – Racism?

    If Jesus walked in on this meeting he'd start crying.

    September 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Maczene

    OH! Please Bush and the Repubicans have already run this country in the ground. What country are you living in?

    September 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. John - Chicago

    Where was this guy when Bush bankrupted us? Why didn't he care about it then?

    September 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. lgram

    mr plenty doesn't stop spending ... he does it by taking from the needy and adding fees to everything. the rich pay his bills... and will fund with his bid for president .. but those that are in need get all their help cut

    September 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Ryan

    I can't stand Tim Pawlenty. But he's takin the populist way for his bid for the presidency. Duh, no one will deny that congress AS A WHOLE has spent more than it can handle, whether we pay for it 10 yrs down the road or 5. I'm voting against all incumbents, we need new blood but the new blood shouldn't be blatently corrupt as we see now. Obama's dug a hole for himself so I think he'll be out, but god I hope Pawlenty doesn't win the repub bid. Hopefully but doubtfully the next administration will be a stronger Perot-type candidate to clean up both sides of the nauseating political world.

    September 19, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. timz

    What successes in Minnesota? I live in Minnesota and Pawlenty's only notable success is making Jesse "The Body" Ventura look like a great governor by comparison.

    September 19, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Reformed Republican

    "This proposal needs to get killed,"..."along with the 50 million other Americans that can't afford health care too."

    Now that's christian "values" at their best.

    September 19, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Greg Smith

    Please, Mr. Pawlenty, before slinging accusations at the Democratic party be sure that your house is clean. The vast majority of the debt came from the Republicans. Over the 8 years of the last administration the debt doubled from 4.5 trillion to 9 trillion. Where are your ideas and proposals? Nothing done in the last 8 years and still no ideas on how to move forward. Nothing but no.

    September 19, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. ProfBill

    Don't the Republicans know there are term limits on stupidity? They're not up for re-election until 2068.

    September 19, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Joe Sr

    Where was this clown and the other Repubs when Bush & Co were spending our country into the HUGE deficit that we now struggle with?
    Answer: They were supporting it...."have to support our troops"

    Seems like they want to forget who gave AIG the first bailout, who gave the auto makers the first bailout, and who ran up a Trillion $$ in debt OFF BUDGET for the needless war in Iraq..........
    This guy should concentrate on his own state which is a disaster....Maybe he can resign just like the airhead from Alaska

    September 19, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. mike in mn

    "stop taxing us into oblivion"?! look in the mirror ...why are my taxes going through the roof Mr. Fee'sAPlenty?!!!

    September 19, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Tim

    It is totally true that the country is in extreme debt, and it is getting worse (even with no NEW government spending). This President, and congress still have not gotten the message that they cannot continue to spend. I as an independent voter will hold my President and congress accountable for this.

    Mr. President read the American People's lips....NO NEW SPENDING.

    And by the way, show us that you and congress are capable of saving and actually DEMONSTRATE (Not just talk about it) hat you can actually cut costs somewhere.

    September 19, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Spencer

    It's not extremism. The Obama Admin's own figures, as published by CNN, indicate that in ten years, we will go into a 9 trillion dollar deficit. At one point someone is going to have to pay that off. If the administration can admit to running a deficit that large but still say that it is responsible, I don't know what is.

    September 19, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Evelyn

    where were his comments when Bush was draining us dry?

    September 19, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. The Projectionist

    Where were you when Bush was spending us in a war we we can't win?? Bush was spending is into bankruptcy but the Republicans were all for it. Now that Obama wants to actually help the people, those same people are now crying about spending money we don't have. Republicans want to keep the status quo, and help nobody but big business and insurance companies. Status Quo = Failure

    September 19, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Lee in Oregon

    Ah yes another right winger. Just what we need in the White House in 2012.........gimme a break.

    September 19, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Jenny

    I found this line comical:

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

    With all due respect Gov. Pawlenty, the republicans should follow their own advice. The George W. Bush years also saw unprecendented amounts of spending – not as bad as Obama – but still out of control.

    September 19, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Michael

    When Bush lied us into the war in Iraq and refused to eliminate tax breaks for the wealthy to pay for that war, where was the republican opposition to deficit spending?

    Neocons like Pawlenty have destroyed America. He supports tax breaks for corporations that have sent our jobs overseas. Those jobs are not coming back.

    If he at least supported raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for the republican wars, he might have some credibility. We all know he and his neo-con buddies are planning to force law-abiding, working-class Americans to pay for those wars while giving even larger tax breaks to the corporations.

    Preaching fiscal responsibility after the financial collapse caused by 30 years of neoconservative policy demonstrates the arrogance of the current repbulican party.

    Haven't we had enough of these jokers yet ?

    September 19, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. cedman

    Give me a break! The Bush Admin/republican Congress left a Trillion dollar deficit based on a war, a tax cut for the wealthy and a unpaid expansion of medicare...Talk to the hand!

    September 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Debra R

    I agree, stop spending money we don't have on something we don't need. for people who won't work.

    Stop taxing the middle class...all this spending and govmnt welfare is killing the spirit of our country.

    September 19, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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