September 2nd, 2010
01:50 PM ET
4 years ago

New skirmish in battle over beer and bacon

The back-and-forth over a campaign ad Rep. Michele Bachmann recently released has become campaign fodder for both Bachmann and her opponent, State Senator Tarryl Clark.
The back-and-forth over a campaign ad Rep. Michele Bachmann recently released has become campaign fodder for both Bachmann and her opponent, State Senator Tarryl Clark.

(CNN) - Call it the food fight that won't end.

The Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's sixth congressional district is headed to the state fair Thursday. No surprise there: people from across the state make an annual trek to the state fair, which runs through Labor Day.

But State Senator Tarryl Clark's visit comes just days after the Bachmann campaign went up with a television commercial which targets her Democratic challenger for voting to raise taxes on corn dogs, deep fried bacon and beer, popular cuisine at just about any state fair in the Midwest. And both candidates are using a back-and-forth over the ad for their own campaign fundraising.

"It's state fair time and you don't want to hear about politics," says a character in the ad named Jim the Election Guy. "But while you're at the fair, you should know that Tarryl Clark here voted to raise taxes on your corn dog, and your deep fried bacon, and your beer. So if you see Tarryl Clark, while you're at the fair, just ask her: What's up with voting to tax my beer."

The Clark campaign immediately fired back.

"With no record of accomplishment to run on, Michele Bachmann is back on the air with yet another attack ad," said Clark campaign manager Zach Rodvold in a statement. "Contrary to Bachmann's claims – Tarryl consistently fights to hold the line on taxes for over 95 percent of Minnesotans, and voted for deep cuts to the state budget totaling 10 percent in the last two years alone. Unlike Michele Bachmann, Tarryl voted for balanced budgets each of the last four years."

The Clark campaign is now fundraising off the ad.

"Help us fight back against Bachmann's brand of politics – make a contribution today!" says an email to supporters.

The email also claims that the Bachmann attack over raising taxes on corn dogs, deep fried bacon and beer doesn't make sense because "it was the people of Minnesota who voted to increase the sales tax – in order to fund land conservation and clean water."

Bachmann, a two term congresswoman who is a favorite of many conservatives and Tea Party activists, is also fundraising off the commercial.

"She wants to raise taxes on state fair food like corn dogs and beer! It's facts like this that make it crystal clear: we can't afford to allow Tarryl Clark and Nancy Pelosi to defeat me," says Bachmann in an email to supporters.

The Bachmann commercial also apparently included unauthorized state fair logos, which have since been replaced.

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Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Minnesota
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Brad

    They should tax beer, it has caused a lot of death and destruction, something has to pay for that, why not let the drinkers pay for it.

    September 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. stejo

    I swear, when I first read it, I thought it said: "...voted for deep fried cuts to the state budget...". That would've been so cool if she really said that.

    September 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    We should tax the heck out of housing developments that are way out in the middle of nowhere, which require huge amounts of infrastructure to serve them. I'm sick of my tax dollars subsidizing your wasteful suburban McMansion lifestyle, real Americans. Your hour long commute in that big SUV is fueling terrorism. Have a nice day!

    September 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Mike W - Dallas

    Glad to see Loony-toon Bachmann is sticking to the issues that really matter.

    September 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. KK

    What does Nancy Pelosi have to do with this?

    September 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Moderate Sean

    4th Grade argument and ad from a 4th rate US Representative!

    September 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Carol

    Where can I send my campaign contribution for Tarryl Clark?

    September 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. SeattleDad

    Mmmmmm, beer and bacon.

    September 2, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Brandon

    What's up with a tax on deep fried bacon and beer?

    Health issues. Factoring in the recent and upcoming changes to the health care system – it is irresponsible to provide the same health coverage at the same cost to two people who live drastically different lifestyles. Someone who eats McDonalds and drinks a dozen beers a day will most likely cost taxpayers more in health care costs over the course of their life. Taxing unhealthy foods is a good way to hold each individual responsible; in a way it's similar to paying into Social Security..

    That being said: I love deep fried bacon and beer, and a small new tax will not in any way dissuade me from buying those things.

    September 2, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. harvey 60

    Bachmann "shoots" herself in the foot again! You go, girl, you Second Amendment Tea Party goonball. Move to Mississippi or Alabama where you belong with all the rest of the religious fanatics.

    September 2, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. don

    Michele Bachmann in favor of public intoxiction?

    September 2, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    "... raising taxes on corn dogs, deep fried bacon and beer doesn't make sense because "it was the people of Minnesota who voted to increase the sales tax – in order to fund land conservation and clean water."..."

    Everything mentioned above is not good for you!!!!! No wonder the 'people' decided to tax it!!!

    Please get rid of "Bachmann" because if it comes down to this, she needs to GO!!!

    September 2, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Put a tax on Bachmann's evilness – we can pay off the national debt with all the evil lies she has told and contrinues to misconstrue even the truth.

    THE TAXPAYERS VOTED FOR IT !! Pay it and STFU or quit eating unhealthy crap.

    September 2, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "It's state fair time and you don't want to hear about politics," says a character in the ad named Jim the Election Guy. "But while you're at the fair, you should know that Tarryl Clark here voted to raise taxes on your corn dog, and your deep fried bacon, and your beer. So if you see Tarryl Clark, while you're at the fair, just ask her: What's up with voting to tax my beer."

    Translation: "You don't want to hear about or be bothere by politics while at the fair, so I'm going to thoroughly politicize the fair for you."

    September 2, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Snow

    Thats the demorat way, raise taxes so they can waste more taxpayer money.

    September 2, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. joel

    michelle bachmann is an embarrassment for my home state. i pray the people in her district vote her out. bachmann's lame "jim the election guy" ads are so dumbed-down and empty of any sort of substance. her campaign ads are negative and don't speak to issues that the people of minnesota are concerned with presently. she's very out of touch. we witnessed during "W's" SOTU post-speech a few years back (where she was literally accosting him with hugs and kisses) she's clearly a party tool who will do anything to be on good graces with the GOP leadship. she's a party tool. a lap dog.

    September 2, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. rdepontb

    I'm from Maryland. I'm for Taryl Clark!

    Finally, someone who knows how to "turn confrontation into conversation"-and not the other way around! While Bachmann is off making a fool of everyone in Minnesota by appearing with Glen Holier-than-thou Beck, Clark is home in St. Cloud, MN, continuing to work for jobs, unity, and accountability through her State Senate office. Accountability-something Ms Bachman is surely afraid of.

    I'm contributing to State Senator Taryl Clark's campaign-www.tarylclark.com shows how.

    Someone from Minnesota needs to the way again, America, and Ms. Clark is there, and could use our help.

    September 2, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    People at the fair should be asking lunatic Michelle Bachmann why she voted NO over every single piece of legislation that would have helped the lives, the job situation, and home retention rate in her districts?

    Why is so full of extremist ideas, hate speech, and wants people to engage in violence...her comment that people in MN should become "armed and dangerous"?

    Bachmann is the dangerous lunatic who MN needs to get out of our government. She is hate-spewing, pyscho talk, lying, arrogant promoter of extremism, racism, and destruction of Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment benefits, Public education and she spends more time on FOX and with her tea baggers than she does doing any REAL WORK for the people in MN who elected her. She thinks she is national figure and has totally ignored the PEOPLE.

    Tarryl Clark is a common sense, work for the PEOPLE, decent and good person who should be supported by the voters in her MN district. Isn't it time for some common sense and to stop all the hate, racism, fear-mongering and threats of violence? We need real leaders who will SERVE the People and not run around firing automatic weapons, calling for violence, leading a group of racist nutjobs, and telling outrageous lies. Bachmann needs to go in November.

    Vote for Tarryl – she will be a honest broker for the PEOPLE of MN.

    September 2, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Beverly - NYC

    No tax will prevent people of eating whatever garbage they want to eat. Both candidates should have saved the cash wasted on these ads and donated the $ instead.

    September 2, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Minnesotan

    Bachmann never fails to amuse. Of course, she never bothers to check with things like facts, history, reality or science either. And while she's bleating her partisan manure, she frequently forgets to check the laws about using copyright materials, logos, music for her own nefarious ends. Plus, as much as she likes to rail against public money being used for private purposes, her husband's business sure likes taking in as much of our tax dollars as he can! Here in Minnesota, we can't stand this shrew and sincerely hope she loses in November.

    September 2, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. cmkc

    I think raising taxes on corn dogs, deep fried bacon, and beer is not a bad idea. Why not make the obese folks who indulge in such fare pay now since we'll ALL have to pay for their healthcare, their lost productivity at work, or some health-related fashion due to their HBP and diabetes.

    September 2, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. hangemhi

    It just blows my mind that people actually contribute money and vote for candidates like Bachman. Makes me wonder if she is a bought and paid for candidate

    September 2, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    To Minnesota:

    How can the good people of Minnesota elect such a nut-case? Michelle Bachmann has suggested people rise up and launch a new civil war! She has suggested that people take up arms against the U.S. government, which has been ELECTED by the People!

    Michelle Bachmann is certifiable.

    September 2, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Squiggs

    Hey people don't you have more to worry about than foods that are designed to kill you. This Bachmann nut job is just clouding the real issues with this nonsense. This shows just how stupid she thinks the rest of you are.

    September 2, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Minnesotan

    They call it sin taxes. Our Nation could do well to tax junk food, pop, or any other non-nutritional food substance that has been slowly destroying our Nation's health and creating larger and larger waistelines.

    September 2, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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