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. John

    The Republicans are in a strange position to argue with anyone else about reckless finances.

    September 19, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Patriot

    Reckless spending? Where was this guy when Bush was racking up trillions in deficit spending for 8 years, aided by Repubs in Congress?

    These right-wingers will say anything to try and regain power.
    Pawlenty sounds more and more like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Beck everyday.

    The extreme wing-nut position has become the Republican Party platform. Mainstream Americans will drift more and more from the GOP - it is now a minority party of far right lunatics.

    September 19, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. DonnaLee

    Early this year Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said that Republicans should give Barack Obama space to carry out his agenda once he becomes president because Republican and Democrats should come together.

    Where you lying in January, or are you lying now?

    In either case ... your record as a prosecuting attorney continues ... you are a very accomplished liar.

    September 19, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. GP

    This new found fiscal restraint is about eight years too late. Between the tax cuts that redistributed the wealth upward to a the wealthiest of the wealthy, that wonderfully top secret energy plan chaired by Cheney to eight years of a war in Afghanistan and six years of war in Iraq.

    Between the financial sector bailout, Iraq war and the tax cuts that lead us into the recession, were down several trillion dollars.

    The hypocrisy is beyond stunning.

    September 19, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Diane

    Mr. Pawlenty.
    We were out of money when Goerge W Bush was spending 500 billion or so in Iraq. FOR NOTHING. Did you open your mouth then? Ah, I see, you would rather spend money we don't have destroying another country for no good reason than giving your own people health care.

    September 19, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Sparky

    Another brainless Republican who must have slept during the last eight years. Yeah, go ahead and run!

    September 19, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Clive

    I'm guessing Tim Pawlenty wasn't telling Bush to stop his illegal, unnecessary and incredibly expensive warmongering.

    September 19, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Steve, Columbia, SC

    When democrats accuse conservatives of being right wing radical extremists, they should take a real hard look at just how far off THEY are from where we need to be fiscally, morally, judicially, socially, and legislatively.

    September 19, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Mario, mtl, ca.

    A real wingnut

    September 19, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Sean from Marin

    Does Tim Pawlenty have any sense of history? Was he asleep when Bill Clinton handed GWB a surplus and the Republicans went on a spending spreee unlike any in US history?? Did he scream "stop spending" when his party started the Iraq war, gave all the taxes breaks to the rich, and allowed the market to crash?

    The pathetic part of the new-new Republican strategy (which is actually the old-old strategy with new lipstick) is that their party created this mess. Wars we could not pay for. Taxes breaks for the rich we could not afford. Horrific oversite of the financial and health sectors. And boundless arrogance hoping that everybody is too stupid or too preoccupied to care.

    Do you folks in Minnesota have cable tv yet?

    September 19, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Mitch

    Pawlenty is naive and ignorant to the broad national issue. He is a product of the far right nut jobs that think Palin is qualified. Has Pawlenty ever tried to understand national issues?

    I'm beginning to wonder if the inmates have been running the insane asylum known as Minnesota.

    September 19, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. montag24

    Republicans accusing Democrats of reckless spending? If that wasn't so pathetic it would be funny.

    Pawlenty is just another right-wing idiot.

    September 19, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Stop Spending

    Our debt is huge. The deficit at the hands of the current president is 4x larger than any point in history. I cannot understand how any American can want more and more from the government (health care, bailouts, etc) when we have NO money. The irony about the current economy trouble is that we Americans spent more than we had (i.e. houses, cars, etc) and the bubble burst. Now the government is doing the same...what happens when that bubble bursts...

    September 19, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Keeth in California

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

    Another opportunistic hypocritical Republican who thinks history has only begun on January 20, 2009.

    September 19, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Sherry

    This is amusing coming from a congress member in the Republican Party who gave President Bush a blank check for 8 yrs with NO micro-critique on everything he said, did, ate, wore, etc. Pawlenty should just put a sock in it.

    September 19, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. luc

    If the government spend money on wars with North Korea and Iran instead of handling the economic crisis, then Pawlenty probably called it thoughtful spending. He would be correct to people with IQ below 70. LOL.

    September 19, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. jon

    yes! i hope pawlenty runs for president!

    September 19, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Obama supporter

    The Republicans are having a real hard time being the minority party. Get a grip.

    September 19, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. S Callahan

    This petty bickering serves no one except those in power and those who want power...in the meantime...we have a country that could have "Two" nuclear bombs by at least Feb.; another country looking to protect their arena; and a world nation unsure of their faith on the journey....
    it's not a good reciepe for good health to the world. I suggest that the focus of all governments right now needs to be on avenues of peace and not distruction; and that must begin somewhere ...so US step up.
    Right now, the only thing holding the rubber band is prayer.

    September 19, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Curly Q Link

    Interesting. Where was he when the Republican controlled House and Senate were turning a budget surplus into a trillion dollar deficit?

    September 19, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. LouAz

    Bumper Sticker slogans for the vast majority of Repub Flat Earthers that are limited to 140 characters in their thinking about anything and everything. Still nothing of substance.

    September 19, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. hobart

    Another lame argument from the Party of No.

    The economic crisis happened on their watch. The first stimulus bill was theirs. The DJI was 9300 on election day, and dropped to 7900 on inauguration day. It was down to 7500 the day the stimulus bill was passed on February 17, and bottomed out at 6500 on March 9, three weeks later. Since then, the market has risen steadily up to 9800 yesterday. The stimulus bill is working, despite the Party of No's relentless attempts to prevent it.

    And to paraphrase the Party of No's weekly address, "Make no mistake about it!" Republicans not only want zero government involvement in health care reform, they want zero government involvement in Medicare, zero government involvement in Medicaid, zero government involvement in Social Security, and absolutely no Public Schools!

    Why do Republicans hate America?!

    September 19, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Molly Weasley

    No Republican who backed the Iraq War, which was unnecessary, based on lies, cost $10 billion a month and wasn't paid for, has any credibility criticizing Obama's policies that are actually helping the country. No Republican who backed the Bush tax cuts, which started the country on the road to financial deficits, has any right to criticize programs like the stimulus package that is getting us out of this economic mess.

    Run for president, Gov. Pawlenty. The majority of the country is not going to vote for a feeble-minded thinker like you.

    September 19, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. jeff

    I'd like to know where all these "we don't have enough money" people were when Bush was waging war without adequate funds!

    September 19, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    And where was the good governor when George Bush was spending recklessly? And anyone remember how the VALUE Voter Summit opened last year, with a chorus of why God shouldn't bless America. That's some value there, folks. Does that mean God should hate America because Republicans do? What does that mean?

    I am a liberal, married, with kids. I have taught them manners, values, decency, and honesty. I'm a Christian. I don't lie and have never cheated on my spouse. Why is it conservatives are allowed to get away with making us out to be pond scum? And why does the news media cover their lies that are told with such frequency they become engrained as fact?

    I think we're losing losing our most important value, having to do with our humanity and sense of country. Republicans seem hell bent on destroying us all the way down to the foundation or lower so they can win elections again. And frankly depending on how the media wants to portray this destruction, the outcome is a tossup.

    September 19, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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