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.


Filed under: President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Hmmm.....

    Extreme times call for extreme measures- we see this from both the democrats and the republicans. And neither wish to listen to the independent yet they want our votes. I welcome the extremes edges critizing each other – it shows us how we are being played by both sdes.

    September 19, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Democrats stop at nothing

    Talk about calling the kettle back. Anything the DNC puts out is never anything but name calling. Does anyone know what the DNC that has ever helped anyone, other than their special interests?

    September 19, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. John

    "Well, with all due respect, Mr. President, but..."

    "Well, I'm not a racist, but..."

    You see any similarity between the generaly accepted tones behind these statements?

    The truth is, when you have to say "With all due respect, but" or "I'm not a racist, but", that the cases they are used in the person is trying to justify their disrespect/racism respectively.

    Tim, we know you have to engage your (mildly retarded) base but, you should realize that other people see you message too. You know, people with memories that span longer than 10 months, still remember that it was you and yours that orchestrated this and set in motion the failing of our economy.

    September 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. JonDie

    From 2001 to 2009, Pawlenty and the Republicans spent trillions of dollars, created trillions in debt and allowed Wall Street bankers to steal hundreds of billions. The US almost collapsed onto the trash heap of history thanks to Tim Pawlenty and the Republicans.

    September 19, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Tom

    Maybe Mr. Pawlenty would like to prove his cost allegation about the current health care proposal. Better yet, maybe he would like to put forth a GOP alternative that would be cheaper and better.
    He doesn't have any reason to "call out " anybody until he comes forth with something to discuss.We need people who want to help the country and heal the country....not fools wo have nothing to offer but red meat for the rabid ten percent minority. Sensible people have had more than enough of that GOP tactic.

    September 19, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    I wonder how many of you leftist even know civic. The Congress creates the spending bills, not the White House and the 40 years the democrats ran Congress and the Senate they spent our social security/medicare money and are a whole lot more efficient at wasteful spending than any republican. All the democrats wasteful spending has done one big thing for America, it has created a major welfare class who are now not willing to pick themselves up and take care of themselves. The democrats are responsible for the Urban plight, no one else!

    September 19, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. David from WI

    For those that keep talking about the health care and the GOP.
    Little reality check for you.
    0 GOP support + 0 public option = 51 Democratic reconciliation votes for progressives version of reform
    =
    progressive Democrats being voted out of office en mass by conservative democrats + conservative independents + conservative libertarians + conservative republicans + the rest of the country that will be more than a bit miffed by the 2010 midterms come along.

    September 19, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Lisa

    Did the republicans ever question Bush spending when he took us to war based on a lie? Ruin our country's surplus, took us into a recession. stole money from the middle class.

    September 19, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Shelly

    AMNESIA......the GOP and their followers have a bad case of it!
    Have they forgotten the Bush/Cheney billion dollar bailouts and a fake war ( the prevoius admin. decided not to record the trillion spent in the budget books)?
    President Obama is doing the BEST he can for America to get out of the mess he inherited. it has only been 8 mos!
    I have seen NO practical plan from the Republicans yet. Imagine if we had McCain/Palin. We would have been doomed! Tax cuts for the wealthy, continuing wars, a new war with Iran, a dismal image around the world, no equal pay for women, more limits on our personal freedoms.
    Republicans....STOP being so destructive and start being constructive to make America a great nation again!

    September 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. No way

    Pawlenty is moving more to the right citing "death panels". He thinks this will help him. Sure it is good for the base of the repubs, but that base is small in comparison to where it used to be. Where did all the Reagan repubs go?

    I never heard him criticize the previous two administriations that led us to where we are. Clinton got the deregulation ball started, Bush started with a surplus and ended up spending recklessly and irresponsibly to put it in Pawlenty's words starting two wars, putting prescription drug policy without paying for it, etc. The bailouts started with the Bush admin, they set that up.

    According to many economists from both the right and the left, the gov. had to do something or else could be the bottom would fall out. So, the Obama got the fallout from all of the above previous administrations perpetuations. Anyone who thought we would get out of this financial fallout fast is just dreaming. If only there were a magic pill. So let's really talk about what perpetuated this whole situation.

    Whether you agree with Obama's policies or not, let's put everything into perspective and put the blame where it belongs. The difficult task at hand is trying to get us out of that and just not doing anything is more than likely not the answer according to the experts.

    Obama will make mistakes, but the major debt was there before he got into office and had to do extreme measures to try and get us out. Where is the adult in the Republican party? Maybe Joe Scorborough should run or Charlie Crist etc. They are making a heck of a lot more sense than the others.

    September 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. sandy

    Where was his mouth when the Bush administration was spending money like a drunken sailor. Didn't hear one word of his mouth then nor other republicans mouths for that matter. Guess it all depends on whose spending the money doesn't it? These politicians really make me laugh as they really think the American people are dumb. We are not dumb and we can see right thru this guy. If the republicans hadn't messed up our economy so bad, our President would not have to be spending all this money to get us out of the mess. They all need to shut up and work to get this country back on it's feet.

    September 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. ffh

    It would appear that the DNC secretary can't see the forest for the trees and when the forest has all been harvested, where to next?

    September 19, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Craig of Colorado

    Well if anyone is an expert on spending, it would be a member of the GOP!! As an independent, I watched pork barrell spending increase 10 fold from Jan/95 to Jan/07!! I saw surpluses evaporate & given to the poor rich in 01 & 03. Then they passed the Senior citizen drug bill which caused the General of the GAO(Mr. David Walker) to resign early in protest of money being spent on tax cuts,wars & drugs that we didn't have!!!! Now the GOP has seen the light. Right!! LEOPARDS also change there spots & all lawyers are trust worthy!!!
    Respectfully

    September 19, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. John

    Where was this clown when President Bush was spending, and his GOP Congress was spending?

    Hypocrite.

    September 19, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Jim

    Did he "SLAM" Bush and Cheney for "reckless" and "irresponsible" spending when they chose to spend billionsd in an unfunded war in Iraq after lying about wmd's and Al Queda ties to Saddam? There wasn't cash for that but it was for a war, so it must be good for America, right? NOT !! Two faced or what?

    September 19, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Don

    DNC is childish, and over protective at this stage of the game. The guy has been a governor and can be judged on record. Labels will not work in this case, we can judge the guy on his actions! (When the DNC guy is merely words, they feel like going after others' words– and labeling candidates will not work, it simply won't! They are really scared of non-southerners Republicans and this is what their attacks show; very simple!)

    September 19, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. HouseDiva

    where was this guy when Bush was up there wastefully spending like a drunken frat boy with his daddy's charge card only taking care of his friends and NOT the American people?

    these so called conservatives crack me up.

    September 19, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Georgia

    Pawlentey would be a Great Candidate for the Republican's. He has everything:

    The Majority of Minnesotan's can't stand him – and won't re-elect him even if would run again for the Governor.

    He has absolutely no moral or personal values or ideas.

    He is Incompetent as Governor of Minnesota (ie. he vetoed with much fanfare the budget request for bridge maintenance before the 35W bridge collapse).

    So he is the PERFECT Republican candidate for the POTUS!

    Republican's = Incompetence!

    September 19, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Jim

    Another newly converted fiscal conservative with amnesia! We really could have used guys like this the entire time Bush was president, but now its just hypocritical.

    September 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Lisa

    When Republicans are in office they are like teenage kids and the Democrates are their parents. Everytime you leave your kids at home the first thing they go and do is spend all of their money on their friends (Corporate Executives), Have neighborhood fights, (War), Not sharing with others (Health Care). Once the Democrates come home, they have to bring the checking account current from being overdrawn. Stop the fights (War) and make friends with the enemy. Take money out of their accounts to help the poor and homeless on the streets. Healthcare for All!!!

    September 19, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. humanity for all

    he's just another midget that wants to keep his pocketbook lined while people lose their lives because they are too poor to afford healthcare, let alone a pocketbook.

    September 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "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."

    Precisely!

    September 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. normajean

    I don't understand the many Republicans that think health care should be left alone and no changes made. Where does this leave the millions of people that have no care at all. Many of these people had perfectly good coverage until they lost their jobs..Considering the money our government has spent on useless things over many ,many years, I can't believe that health care isn't a priority. The elected officials all have their nice comfortable plans so they don't have to worry. Threaten to take away these and we'll get some action real quick.

    September 19, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. unshrub

    I would tell Pawlenty he should spend more time acting as governor of MN, except the people in MN are happy he ISN"T spending more time in MN.

    September 19, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. WIll 18E

    Does Pawlenty need a calender. Obama budget does not come on line untill Oct 1st, and it is less than the last Bush budget. So if a GOP'er says it,it was be true. Same old lies and tactics, like WMD's.

    September 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10