Bachmann links Pawlenty to Obama
July 24th, 2011
04:16 PM ET
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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. ThinkAgain

    It's not the size of government, it's the efficiency.

    For example, giving multi-billion-dollar subsidies to industries that don't need it (oil) is inefficient and if eliminated, would save, well multi-billions of dollars.

    Allowing corporations that make billions in profits to not pay taxes is inefficient; again, close the loopholes and save that money.

    Lowering tax rates for individuals and corporations when it does not result in job creation here in the US (in fact, it results in job loss here and job creation overseas), is inefficient and should be stopped immediately.

    Exempting people from paying FICA if they make over $106,000 when they collect Social Security, regardless of how many millions and billions they are worth is inefficient; raise the FICA income limit to $250,000 and that will result in a more solvent, robust Social Security program.

    Understanding these simple things is apparently too much for the likes of Bachmann and Pawlenty.

    July 24, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    A Real Patriot: I think you mean 2010.

    I agree with your post, BTW.

    July 24, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Alina77

    Poor girl, so lost.

    July 24, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Silence Dogood

    Derek, check your polls, where Obama leads Bachmann by 15 pts. In the meantime good luck to narrowing and purifying your party until it represents the equivalent of a golf membership.

    July 24, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. jb

    Dereck, please! Bachmann has NO chance of the nomination or being elected.

    July 24, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Zious

    What do republicans expect. This is only the beginning. There will be more dirty linens that will be washed and by all the candidates once the season gets going. Bachmann has definitely more support than Pawlenty. In spite of all his efforts there's not more than 2% of republicans who support him. He was fine until he started his Tea Party non-sense and lost his way just like Herman Cain. Once Perry get's in it will be even exciting.

    July 24, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Gary Wolf

    I am a lawyer from Minnesota and a former lieutenant commander in the Navy. I am not a liberal or a democrat. Listen, folks. Bachmann is ... NUTS! She is so off the beam it is spooky. We know this in Minnesota. Those of you not from Minnesota who have not yet caught on to this are not paying attention. Can we stop wasting out time on these side shows? Pawlenty, Perry and Romey are viable. Bachmann, Palin and the rest are a waste of time. We don't have time to waste on freak shows.

    July 24, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. paul

    Michelle isn't it apparent to you that Tim Pawlenty is a self centered Nerd Geek, who belongs in academia instead of politics You go tell him what an idiot he is.

    July 24, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Pat

    The only redistribution President we have had is little Bushie. He distributed all the wealth to the oil companies and corportions. Sounds like little Michelle is on the same path.

    July 24, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. K3Citizen

    It is people like Bachmann and Pawlenty that will ensure Obama is around for four more years.

    July 24, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. samsmee

    this is the part I LOVE! Now the republicans are going to tell the world how much each of them suk!!!!

    July 24, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Elphaba

    Tim... Michele... Keep up the good fight! You will both go down in a fit of self distruction. With a few more Republican flameouts sure to come, maybe a viable Repuiblican will finally take a lead and give the Independants, Moderate Republicans and maybe even some Centrist Dempcrats someone to get excited about.

    July 24, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. TerryV

    Bachmann just shows how low the standards of this country have sunk. She spouts the rhetoric of the Tea Baggers, while living the life of the very rich, and yet the fools in the Tea Party fail to see her hypocrisy. What a country. Abe Lincoln and Harry Truman would have had no chance in this day and age.

    July 24, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. JR

    Bachmann says, "(she) is very proud of her record of service in Washington and Minnesota", what service, getting federal subsidies for herself and family?

    July 24, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    She's worse than he is - by far. And he's worse than anybody ever deserved.

    Feel sorry for Minnesota – they have to feel the shame of knowing they were ignorant to vote for BOTH of them. Pity.

    July 24, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are times that that governement must be proactive. That is when it comes to protection of the public and the environment. Without that, there is no way for the citizenry to have faith that the government is there to keep businesses in check from running amok and doing what ever they want.

    July 24, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Mike In MO

    Yes, Michelle, actions do indeed speak louder than words. So, by all means, please recite for us any meaningful legislation you've gotten passed. But thank you so much for railing against CFLs as "government intrusion." Lemme guess how many of your ilk had NOTHING to say when unleaded gas came along. That was government intrusion, wasn't it? And thank you for taking only five months to get Congress to acknowledge your state's 150th anniversary–weeks afterward. And for repeatedly introducing bills, especially those that can directly benefit you. Geez, you can't even get a post office named after a hero. All I can see is you throwing red meat to people who seem unwilling to use their God-given ability to think for themselves. You're perfect for each other, and if you didn't represent such a backward district, you'd be the answer to a trivia question.

    July 24, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. kd

    It's fun watching these two destroy each other. The Dems can just sit back and enjoy.

    July 24, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Sam

    Seriously...what makes her think that she is presidential material and has the quality and experience to run the what is the largest economy in the world? These are the kind of challenging times when even the most qualified and experienced of people are going to struggle to bring change and turn around the economy and the country. I am an undecided voter and eventually hope(??) to find the right person to vote for, but when I see that a party is supporting and even allowing people like this one and wasting money and time on her, I just find myself asking "seriously...??"

    July 24, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. Frank

    Her main point is that she was against everything? Other than converting gays and teaching creationism, exactly what is she proposing to improve the economy, create jobs and similar things of benefit to all Americans? That would include the elderly, working poor and all of our citizens.

    July 24, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Ron

    The blood-letting has started....

    July 24, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Reggie from LA

    Michelle Bachmann is a "camp meetin" political evangelist. She knows what to say to get folks fired up. "Hate Obamaaa"!!!
    "Other candidates act like Obamaaa"!!! They should be so lucky. Hey GOP lawmakers, she'll be kicking you in your butts and the other things too. You won't be able to manager her like Palin. Look into those eyes fellas. If you can't see it comin', oh well. Bachmann has a view of American prosperity and we won't all make HER list...well, except for maybe, Derek Wain. BTW, she IS the closest thing to a she-devil that most of us will have encountered in our times.

    July 24, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Rich

    Putting aside the tired Obama analogies of evil, anarchy and taxing, this is the first item in which I agree with Bachmann. Having lived under the Pawlenty regime's redistribution of taxes to make it appear as though he reduced taxes in Minnesota, Minnesotans know his slight-of-hand. He cut a large amount of state funding to local governments, causing local governments to have to make up the difference in enormous property tax increases. He knew this would happen. My property taxes increased from $800 to $2800 in 4 years under Pawlenty. Of course, Pawlenty implied local governments didn't have to raise taxes (we're still choking on that one). Just like paying your credit card bill with another credit card, Pawlenty put on the face of being effective. One of the worst governors ever for financial managment. We call people like him "liars". At least we know where Bachmann stands: hates gays and thinks they can be converted, hates taxes and thinks firemen will work for praise, hates spending and wants to arm an unpaid military with hand to hand combat manuals. By the way, if Bachmann and her husband believe gays can be converted to hetrosexuality, they must also believe They could be converted to homosexuality. Who wants someone that malleable and unsure of themselves in the White House?

    July 24, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. me

    One word: Irrelevant.

    July 24, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. TEA Bagger

    Sorry but as more and more facts surface surrounding Bachmann, it looks like SHE is more like Obama. She's just another Community Organizer with NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE, who mooches off of the taxpayer with her healthcare benefits, her farm subsidies, and he medicare/medicaid payments.


    July 24, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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