Bachmann links Pawlenty to Obama
July 24th, 2011
04:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann links Pawlenty to Obama

(CNN) - After repeated attacks on her record from Republican presidential rival and fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann hit back Sunday, vehemently contrasting her record in Congress with his as governor.

Bachmann said that while she was working against excessive spending, cap and trade, TARP and the individual health care mandate, Pawlenty was praising the same plans and leaving his state with a budget crisis.

"Executive experience is not an asset if it simply means bigger government and more intrusive government," Bachmann wrote in a statement. "Actions speak louder than words."

Ahead of the high stakes Ames straw poll in Iowa, Pawlenty has criticized Bachmann, who is leading recent polls in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, over her record in Congress, which he said consists of giving speeches and offering "failed amendments in Congress."

In an interview with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley Friday, Pawlenty said he doubted the American people would elect a president who lacked executive experience.

"These are really serious times and there hasn't been somebody who went [directly] from the U.S. House of Representatives to the presidency, I think, in over a hundred years, and there's a reason for that," Pawlenty said.

When asked by CNN about the not-so-veiled jab Saturday, Bachmann didn't attack Pawlenty, and instead said she is very proud of her record of service in Washington and Minnesota.

"What I have focused on is going against the agenda of growing big government in Washington. I've been very effective," Bachmann said. "I've brought the voice of the people that I serve in Minnesota to the halls of Congress."

But Sunday's statement was different. She took on Pawlenty by name and issue, even comparing him to President Barack Obama.

"Governor Pawlenty said in 2006, 'The era of small government is over … the government has to be more proactive and more aggressive.' That's the same philosophy that, under President Obama, has brought us record deficits, massive unemployment, and an unconstitutional health-care plan," Bachmann said. "Real-world actions speak louder than the words of career politicians."

Pawlenty Spokesman Alex Conant responded to Bachmann's statement Sunday, saying the Congresswoman "has her facts wrong."

"The truth is that there is very little difference between Governor Pawlenty and Congresswoman Bachmann on their issue positions," Conant said. "The difference is that when Governor Pawlenty was scoring conservative victories to cut spending, pass market-based health care reform, and transform a supreme court from liberal to conservative, and was elected twice in a very blue state, Congresswoman Bachmann was giving speeches and offering failed amendments, all while struggling mightily to hold onto the most Republican house seat in the state."


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann speaks with a fork tongue and not "real-world actions", she's beginning to sound more like Palin and we all know she's the towns idiot.

    July 24, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. A Real Patriot

    The fact that this crazy person is treated as a real Presidential prospect says volumes about the Republican Party.

    Now Republicans-I know you hate Obama so much that you will take anyone-and I mean anyone-that is a Republican in the White House...

    But Independents-c'mon...as much as you might take issue with Obama-can you really support any of these clowns?

    You did that in the 2012 elections and what did it get us? Union busting? Insertion of government into your bedrooms? Attack on Planned Parenthood? Reversals of Roe v. Wade? Defunding of the FAA? Turning Medicare into a coupon program? Threatening of Social Security? The Myth of Cut Cap and Balance?

    I know... I know...none of the Repubs ran on this stuff in 2012-but you let them in and look at what we have-can you really trust them again?

    July 24, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Derek Wain

    In fact, Bachmann is right on all these points. It is the redistributionist Left under community-organizer-in chief Obama that have brought this country to a state of fiscal collapse today. The polls show that voters back Bachmann, not Obama.
    The Left and its RINO cohorts, like "dirty-tricks" Pawlenty, are in a state of desperation at the onrush of the Bachmann bandwagon. A smart pol like Chris Mathews has repeatedly pointed out to his friends in the Obama-leaning MSM that Bachmann connects with voters and has a great shot at the Republican nomination. The polls back him up.
    Fortunately, most the the bloggers and pundits from the Demented Left blogosphere, as well as the DNC, are still mired in their parallel universe, where the only Bachmann they see is the "crazy she-devil" caricature from their liberal fantasy world. So amusing and pathetic!

    July 24, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Jen

    if you vote this moron in as president, you will get what you people deserve, Just like when you voted for Bush for eight years. Don't complain about anything because there will be plenty to complain about if this nut job because president.

    July 24, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Joe

    If Bachman wins the nomination, Obama will win by a landslide. There is no way the country would vote for this lunatic who makes a mistake or misstatement every time she opens her mouth. Go Michele!

    July 24, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Drew

    What is truely pathetic is that people would be snowed into thinking this person or TPaw have anything to offer. I have some really bad news for you Tea Party hopefuls, this grand stand move over the debt limit and your views on gay marriage, immigrants and your ridiculous call to " take back our country" is not going to fly with the rest of America. In fact in four more years you will all be a sad fading memory.

    July 24, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Caleb Failes

    My only question is that does anyone really care? I mean in my opinion non of the Republican candidates have a chance in hell and if all they're going to do in preperation for the next election is talk about how the other candidates have an 'connection' the the current pres. by looking at a sentence that is merely anti-small gov. and saying that he is in with Obama is pretty sad. She should also know that compared to the rest of the wanna-be candidates she is hardly going to benefit from bad mouthing another because even if it does discredit him with the insane extreme right wing crowd under close inspection she is still a questionable person with her husband's brainwashing clinic, her Sarah Palin complex, and her association to John Wayne Gacy. In short it doesn't matter what she does against any of the other Republicans, she doesn't have any shot at winning the nomination or the General Election.

    July 24, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. roscoe

    As bad as being linked to Obama is, being linked to Bachmann is probably the worst thing I can think of at the moment.

    July 24, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. David Self

    Let's see, Pawlenty has presided over a state with falling bridges but he was a good hockey player and Bachmann's claim to fam is avaie is creating jobs for a clinic that wants to transform gays to straights but who now slams that same stimulus money. Two great presidential candidates here. let me go see if my Basset is available. He is very responsible; sits beside me as I read and seems interested.

    July 24, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. John

    Michele Bachmann Is the Most lying woman i had ever heard. She wouldn't know the truth If It bite her In the Back sides. Her and her husband business Is the Biggest rip off I ever heard of. And this Woman claim to be a Christian.

    July 24, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Andrew

    About half of the U.S. is either uneducated or overmedicated to the point that either of these clown's gibberings makes sense. That's what is truly scary.

    July 24, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Ahetch

    Thankfully, bachmann is a non-issue.

    July 24, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. JJ

    Why oh why do we have so many dingbats who imagine themselves as world leaders? Way too much science fiction these days among the dimwit female crowd.

    July 24, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. GEORGIA TEE

    There is one thing Bachmann will never be able to explain, SHE HAS NO RECORD OF ANY ACCOMPLISHMENT SINCE SHE HAS BEEN IN CONGRESS, NONE, NOTHING.....SHE HAS BEEN ALL TALK..

    July 24, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Jody G

    Bachman doesn't know her history, has no experience and believes that blacks would be better off if they were still slaves than they are now. Which part of "there is no way she can be elected" don't you get.

    July 24, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. NJ Mom

    "Actions speak louder than words". We know Michelle. We are following your non-Christian, hate-filled actions and those do speak volumes, dear. Sure wish you'd focus on helping the country instead of worrying about gay people (and PS...I am straight.)

    July 24, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. GOP has a tea problem, not a party?

    Some needs to ask Bachmann, as long as she has been in congress, why she has zero bills passed? or What bills has she co-sponsor? The only thing she has done is form a Tea party Cacus.

    July 24, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    While Pawlenty and Bachmann are doing damage to each other, Romney is staying out of the fray by running a low key almost stealth campaign. Time is running out for Pawlenty and Bachmann to take on Romney to boost poll numbers because all bets are off if Perry and Palin enter the contest.

    July 24, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Blanche

    Bachmann rails against "more intrusive government" and yet calls for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. See here the Teapublicans core: hypocrisy! She also rails against federal entitlement programs yet accepted $XXX,XXX for her family business. We need Bachmann's type like we need a default on the government's debt.

    July 24, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. The Elephant in The Room

    She can spin it however she wants. She has done nothing while in the House except get face time on TV for at least the last 4 years.

    She has nor sponsored and substantive legislation or been effective in building consensus to get bills passed. [Senator Obama did both of these before seeking the Presidency.]

    Bachmann`s supporters will try to equate her to Obama but the truth is something wholly different.

    July 24, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Wiliam

    Bachmann, Pawlenty, and Palin are like sharks in a feeding freenzy. They will do anything to get elected .... even eating their young.

    July 24, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. SecedingfromTexas

    Bachmann, Pawlenty, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, etc. can yappity yap all they want. They, their Tea Party, their
    Republican Party have nothing to be proud of. Whatever dislike they have brought on themselves has come
    from their own words. Fighting to destroy President Obama, fighting to block every initiative that would help put
    America back on track, using nonsensical arguments, such as the Bush tax cuts would create jobs proven
    over and over again they do not work. Criticising the bailouts, after voting for the biggest bailout under Bush,
    Their refusal to raise the debt ceiling is a false argument considering how many times they did in with Bush (7)
    and Reagan (17). They are beneath contempt, and I will quote again David Brookes, "some have no sense
    of decency".

    July 24, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Thankfully Independent

    Newsflash to Michele – Being linked to the President of the United States is not necessarily a bad thing ... as long as it isn't George W. Bush.

    July 24, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Mike in Texas

    What Polls Derek? Obama would crush her in a national election. She has proposed no significant legislation in her whole career in the house. She only spouts extreme right views. She will get killed by independent voters.

    Matthews says she connects with voters....The extreme right. anyone near the center or left won't vote for her. I hope she does the Republican nomination. Romney right now is the only Repub who can beat Obama.

    July 24, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. dbartholomew

    We can each hope that MB gets the GOP nomination. No contest for the progressives. Wonder why the country is mired in non-action and demagoguery? Ask Joe the Plumber. Qualified? For nothing. Proof? A plan in Washington that would cut $3.7 trillion over 10 years, reduce both personal and corporate tax rates, increase SS contribution limit and reduce the COLA formula, and increase the debt ceiling. 2 years ago the Republicans would be dancing in the streets because of the capitulation of the Democrats on these points. Today? No chance that it will pass because of the really, really, smart Tea Partiers the Bachmann ilk elected. So much hate and ignorance. Scary.

    July 24, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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