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. Tom

    Derek, What has brought this country to fiscal collapse is 8 years of George W. Bush and the RepubliCON controlled Congress. They gave him a blank check. When Obama wanted to let the Bush tax cuts expire, the republiCONS were up in arms about it. The republiCONS would rather let the country fail than give up tax increases to a few millionaires.

    July 24, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Sank

    Give it to him good Bachman. He is just anotherbBama, 'All Moutn and no Body'.

    July 24, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. DB

    "It is the redistributionist Left under community-organizer-in chief Obama that have brought this country to a state of fiscal collapse today."
    The redistributionist Right Wing that believes if we put enough money in the hands of the Top 1% it will trickle down got us in this fiscal mess. Voodoo Economics failed our Great Country.

    All we'll get from Bachmann are Christian Clinics funded by Federal tax dollars alll over the country to bring Pray Away The Gay to everyone.

    July 24, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Derek Wain......
    the polling that you are referring to is only amongst REPUBLICANS so of course Bachmann is going to poll better than Obama. If you want some real polling Obama BEATS not only Bachmann but T-Paw and Romney as well if you want to throw in the rest of the nation. But then again who listens to polls anyway? The GOP sure doesn't when the polls say a majority of Americans favor raising taxes on the wealthy and closing loopholes for corporations.

    July 24, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Sank

    A Real Patriot – You know buddy we don't take Obama anyway, anyhow and whereever. He poses no threat to anybody running for President. Once they get by their party they will be a shue-in for President. with Obama's record. Which is wh......?

    July 24, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    This woman is dangerous with all her anti-hate speeches and blaming Obama for debt. "W" got us into all this. How soon they all forget.

    July 24, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. scott

    Well when your past starts to catch up with you and the race for potus starts to heat up and all the world is watching your every move hanging on every word and the cable news runs your emotions like a cult of personality its easy to not sort out who is who or who done what and when but i will say more than one thing the commercials that we will see this election will be by far the most vile and offensive to date but there is hope this can all stop from both sides term limits for all of congress not just the house or senate but all of congress two things will happen one they will show there true colors and commit crime after crime in that case put them in prison or the other is that they do what they were elected to do in the first place work for the people of this country the dems are SIR SPEND A LOT and the repubs are SPLINTERED TO THE POINT OF NO RETURN this is the congress we voted in no one else did this to this country but us the voter so play the blame game and spin this or talking point that all you want but in the end its the sorry ass people we put in office that we have to deal with every day day in and day out the beauty of it is we get to vote them out we need to get rid of the carer ones and demand that they impose term limits on there own offices people would be amazed how much would get done in such a short time.

    July 24, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Derek Wain wrote:
    In fact, Bachmann is right on all these points.
    ---------------------–
    No, she isn't correct. It was GWB who created a Homeland Security agency comprised of 50 sub-agencies. It is always Republicans who spend money at the Pentagon like drunk sailors. Polls show that Romney is the strongest GOTP candidate against Obama and Romney trails by as little as 6 points, Bachman trails Obama by 10 and more.

    Rep. Bachmann has said so many things that are just flat out contradicted by the facts and the truth. Bachmann has her own set of facts that no one else has, which is what makes her unique. I'm a moderate, and I think she's crazy. She's crazy enough to declare that she will never vote to raise the debt ceiling. The entire Tea Party is delusional.

    July 24, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. LouAz

    By her own admission, this woman does not know what act makes babies. (Review her comments about her third pregnancy being a "surprise". She probably thinks her other children came from prayer) How could she know how to run the Executive ? She is one of many pretenders to the POTUS that believes her brand or flavor of religion will sweep her into the White House. A vote for Frau Bachmann is a vote for christian sharia law in the USA.

    July 24, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. The Prince of Common Cents

    @ Derek Wain: "It is the redistributionist Left under community-organizer-in chief Obama that have brought this country to a state of fiscal collapse today". Dude, are you serious?!?

    Try two unfunded wars, an unfunded prescription drug program for senior citizens, the extention of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, a collapsed housing market, a recession, an unstable job market, etc-not Obama's fault.

    Enough with the bashing of the current administration. Enough with blaming this president for the ills of this country. Enough with the lies and misleadings. Michelle Bachmann is the wrong choice for this country for so MANY reasons that I choose not to post here!

    July 24, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. MarineDad05

    I@ Derek Wain

    If you care to take off those blinders, the facts clearly say it was Bush who is solely responsible for the mess we are in today.
    The Bush administration (with the help of Conservatives in Congress) HID all the war expenditure in Iraq & Afghanistan, and these were NOT shown in the budget.

    Obama , made sure those were taken into account. The first bailouts were by Bush. When Obama bailed out GM, all Right Wingers WANTED an American institution to fail (because of their hatred for Unions). But today, GM is back, and they are even making a profit, and even paid back the government.

    Make sure to remember that home loan crises and the fraud loans by banks reached their stinkinh heights in the middle of the Bush 8 years.

    BTW: Michelle Bachman is pretty much done.

    July 24, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    We have a Republican problem in this country.

    July 24, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Lenny Pincus

    Yeah, right. She can't name one single solitary legislative accomplishment. Not one. What is it, three things she opposed? Three? That's what this religious freak brags about.

    Right now, the almighty polls being trumpeted here have Obama beating Bachmann by double digits.

    July 24, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Tam

    I rather be associated with the President than with Bachman and gang.

    July 24, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. B-KC

    Derek, pretty funny how you like to call the president the community organizer in chief, but have no defense against Bachmann's qualifications.......just that she connects with voters, which up to this point, only fringe voters are represented in polls.

    July 24, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. logic in LA

    Michelle Hypocrite takes more money personally than any other member of Congress- Farm subsidies, Medicare payments fraudulently given for religious training and of course her congressional medical and personal expenses.
    When she gives up all of her "entitlements" I will at least try and listen to her.

    July 24, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. Dave

    I think before someone runs for office they should have some education, few brain cells, etc. Certainly Bachmann don't have any. And Pawlenty left Minnesota broke, in big debt and he wants to now be President, where is his brains.

    July 24, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. James

    It's so funny that she thinks she even has a chance. What is funnier is that their are repubs that actually think so too. Easy win for Obama.

    July 24, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. Mike

    This woman is a loon and her presence in the race will only serve to further pull our country apart, she has no interest other then her own in mind.

    July 24, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. 1977

    That's it keep it up. I love when they fight among themselves. It just shows how ridiculous these republicans really can be. Oh by the way dereck wain bush is the cause of this crisis we are under still and with no help from you republicans. Your both two face and liars.

    July 24, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Maggie May

    I find it hilarious that anyone could take her seriously. She's a disgrace. Railing about 'Big Government' while her husband's 'Pray Away The Gay' clinic rakes in $137,000 in Medicaid funding. I hope she is the nominee. Much like I hoped Palin was. The only reason they even make the news is that they're the latest newsworthy playthings. They aren't serious candidates. Everyone with a brain knows this.

    July 24, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. TimD

    Oh Michele, thank you for being my new Sarah Palin. When I see your face or stories I just have to read them despite myself. Although I probably help you laugh your way to the bank, you are just so absurd it does provide me quite a bit of entertainment. A special thanks to your own, personal response to the State of the Union address - that will be hard to top.

    July 24, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. 1977

    you poor repubs have nothing to offer the US so you try and destroy it instead of trying to fix it. Your stupid pledges how totally pathetic racist can you be. If Obama looks bad enough he won't be elected again. YOU FOOLS. You would rather destroy than help rebuild after both reagan and bush screwed this country. Please PULL YOUR HEADS out of the bible. It doesn't belong here. SEPERATION RIGHT? You repubs are some kind of christians rather destroy a person instead of help

    July 24, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Diehard GOP

    I have been a card-carrying Republican for 40+ years. But Michele Bachmann – are you kidding me people? Seriously, is this the best our party can do? My hope and suspicion is that the real string-pullers of the party are putting Bachmann and her craziness out there only for contrast purposes so that a truly viable candidate with less polarizing and irresponsible ideas will be able to generate the needed momentum against Obama. But who will that candidate be? It's going to be a tough slog.

    July 24, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. crtical thinker

    Bachmann appeals to the 50% of the population that have IQ's less than 100 which is dangerous for the U.S. because their votes count the same as the 50% that have IQ's above 100.

    July 24, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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