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. Mike in MN

    Tell it like it is Pawlenty!
    Crushing debt on the young is spot on. My daughter is very angry about the deficits her generation will be asked to pay for. How are they going to do it? Obama inherited a record deficit and has been spending and piling on top of it from the moment he took office. And he has stated that ending the war in Iraq will help bring it down, but now they are escalating the war in Afganistan which will add to the deficit. The first budget under Obama was a record nearly $4 trillion all time monster. And rumor has it the one currently being written for 2010 grows spending by another 8%. Who really believes a liberal President and congress will not come up with more and more spending programs and growth in government over the next 3 years. That is what liberals do, big government growth is their junky fix, they can't help themselves. As bad as the current deficit projections are, they are certain to get worse.

    September 19, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. sheila

    Mr. Pawlenty, Most of our debt is because of spending on the war during the last administration and don't forget, the bailouts began during the Bush administration. Did your party consider the debt they were putting on the coming generations? Did any middle class person get a tax break? Not to mention the deaths of how many young Americans lives were lost due to a war that was fabricated. Stop trying to blame the democrats and start becoming a true patriot and back your president.

    September 19, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. catmom

    Republicans are so full of criticism, complaints and whining. I just wonder where are their solutions? They have disagreed with everything this President has proposed and done but have never acknowledged that it was Republican policies and spending that created the situation in the first place.

    There has not been one moment since President Obama was elected that Republicans have not complained, whined, bi!ch and moaned over something he has said has said or done. They offer no solutions but say all the time they know what to do. Where have they been. If they knew so much then our country wouldn't be in the situation it's in. I don't understand, they seem to have all the RIGHT answers, why aren't people talking about their solutions?

    Republicans continue to show that they are not about solutions, they are only concerned with doing everything they can to see this President fail. Rather than the constant criticism, Pawlenty, what are your solutions?

    September 19, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    With all due respect, Mr. Pawlenty, the problem isn't our country being "taxed into oblivion".

    The problem is all the wealthy Americans paying as low at 15% in taxes by hiding income in off-shore accounts.

    The problem is American corporations funneling their incomes through foreign entities to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

    The problem, Mr. Pawlenty, is your party's pandering to those who of great wealth how are greedy and selfish, more than willing to steal from our country, and completely unwilling to pay their fair share.

    Those greedy individuals and corporations should be on the KNEES for the opportunities their country has given them instead of trying to rip us off!

    SHAME ON THEM!!!

    September 19, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Dave

    If Pawlenty supported the war in Iraq he'd better shut up.

    September 19, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. GM from MN

    Pawlenty put this state in the worst shaped its been in since I've been alive.

    Mr "No new taxes" Pawlenty........well I guess he doesn't understand that fees are just another form of fees.

    I like the comment "If we're broke stop spending".

    1. Why didn't the GOP tell Reagan, Bush 1, and Bush 2 that ?

    2. Rapidly rising healthcare costs will only continue to push the slow downward spiral that the US has been on for a number of years.......to not act would be worse. This is an INVESTMENT.......the GOP must not be familiar with what those are.

    September 19, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Hannah

    Where were these people when the cheney/bush people were robbing the people blind with two wars, giving more tax breaks to the rich? Where was Pawlenty then?

    September 19, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Dem in AZ

    come election time ...Pres. Obama will be very successful and go a second term. Neo cons dont stand a chance.

    September 19, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. feel the heat

    What values do these sharlatans have is the question. What bible ,or constitution do they read. Most of their values are only words to snare the uninformed, or ignorant.

    September 19, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. B Lewis in Austin

    First of all, if this country is broke, he can thank the previous administration. Short and selective memories these Republicans seem to have. Where was Pawlenty in his criticisms when Bush blew the deficit he inherited and spent a billion dollars a month in a war of choice in Iraq?

    Their hypocrisy has no bounds and absolutely sickening.

    September 19, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Steve/Boston

    TPaw forgets that his own party ran up a one plus trillion dollar budget, passed initiatives they couldn't pay for and gave us the gift that keeps on taking...the war in Iraq.

    The Repubs are so dishonest and so right wing that it seems generous to call them conservatives. They are so far out of the main street...so far off from any solutions that it's laughable.

    And btw. Where's the Fed Gov tax increase? Not

    September 19, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Ajw

    Here is the thing the Republicans seem to "forget..."

    That the WAR was the thing that broke the deficit! Prior to Bush II Democrats had a budget surplus. Pawlenty talking to Obama about "crushing" deficits is just laughable.

    September 19, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. maf

    Glad Pawlenty is speaking his mind. Same old GOP rhetoric, the same talking points that the party of NO has been spewing since before President Obama was elected!! Add in his views against same-sex marriage and Mr. Pawlenty can kiss any dreams of getting re-elected for anything GOOD-BYE!

    Keep it up GOP and your obstructionist, divisive direction will be plenty enough ammunition to continue the slide into obscurity, bring on the 2010 and 2012 elections!

    September 19, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Bipartisan=Bad

    Who is this guy? And where were the complaints when GW was destroying the global economy? Grow up and try to get re-elected by actually doing something that matters. Pawlenty only thrives on delivering "sensationalist" speeches to undereducated Minnesotans that know no better.

    Any government equals reckless spending, try reading your history books...This Republican/Democrat back and forth is bad for anyone that actually works for a living and pays taxes. These politicians...ALL OF THEM...have screwed us all long enough.

    September 19, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Scott

    Well said Governor Pawlenty!

    September 19, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Doug

    Hey Pawlenty, maybe you ought to apologize for your destruction of Minnesota's quality of life, your pandering to the rich and the corporations, your massive welfare for the Minnesota Twins, your intellectual dishonesty, your hypocrisy, and for being a buffoon. I hope you do run for President because I relish the thought of another opportunity to vote AGAINST you and the incompetence you represent.

    September 19, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    T-Paw is becoming more and more Bachman-isque with each passing week...

    Perhaps Pawlenty should be spending his time more wisely by explaining the financial budget crisis he and his party inflicted upon Minnesota during his 7/12 year tenure here in Minnesota . . .

    Or, is this another one of those pesky *distractions* that the GOPers are trying so hard to bury?

    September 19, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. He is a looser

    This one looking for 5 more minutes in the lime light is in same catagory as Palin knows nothing ,spreads hate from the party of the neo=NOTS.

    September 19, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Tristan

    Apparently he didn't realize that the country has already been run into the ground. Where do they get these people?

    September 19, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Susan

    So he doesn't want the 43 million americans to have a chance to get health care? Republicans sure haven't come up with any ideas on how to get the economy moving, they have no answers for any of the problems facing America, just talk TRASH and try to stir up Hate, and racistism in this country,.......never will he make it to the White House....

    September 19, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. wbn

    Palenty is a decent, mild-mannered, honest man. It seems that to our liberal media and current administration, anyone not agreeing with all the notoriously radical agenda items they push must be some kind of religious or conservative nut. Sad that too many Democrats can only resort to ad hominem arguments and cannot articulate the details required in a genuine debate.

    September 19, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Jody

    This guy is as crazy as they get. Take a look at what he's done to Minnesota while he's been in office and you'll get the idea. I am puzzled by the fact that republicans advertise themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility and then spend us into debt. Saying that democrats are spending us and our future generations into debt is really the pot calling the pan black. Politics as usual. Please run Pawlenty as president and Palin as VP...great entertainment.

    September 19, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. They call me "Tater Salad"

    Gee! A GOP "flavor of the month" whining again! What a suprise!

    September 19, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Ryan Wing

    Obama has spent a lot, that I'll agree on. But he hasn't been any more wreckless than the Republicans were under Bush – and they made their mess during a prosperous time, not an economic crisis. I wish Americans didn't have such short memories. We're too easily swayed by PR and Marketing of politics.

    September 19, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. John Littlefield

    He is not far right wing. He has common sense and lately that has been lacking in our government, both at federal and state levels. Common sense says if you're broke, quit spending money. If I write a hot check, it is called illegal. If government does the same, it is called "increase taxes to pay back".

    Not sure, but I remember somewhere in our constitution that there will be "no taxation without representation". Could have swore I've seen that somewhere before. However, I don't feel like we as a public are being properly represented.

    Pawlenty 2012. I'm all for it.

    September 19, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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