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. Gemini Girl

    I agree with "A Real Patriot." If we open the door a crack, the Tea Potty will sneak right in! We can't let them. And to Derek Wain, Chris Matthews does not admire Michelle Bachmann, he thinks she is downright crazy, just like most of Americans do. And what poll shows that the voters back Bachmann? There is no such poll. Most people feel she is a lunatic. She lies even more than Palin does! Michelle pretending that her family is seven generations in Iowa, when they actually landed in Kansas & I think Wisconsin first. And then all kids that she supposedly fostered? That was more than 10 years ago, and some of them she only had for three days! When more people find out that she is downright nutty – she thinks that is okay for us to not raise the debt ceiling and that is okay for us to default – then she will be history & she won't have to pull out, she will be forced out.

    July 24, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Geo

    Does anyone who actually believe this woman could win a presidential election. Her popularity in polls will fall as people get to know her – the Palin syndrome. The Republicans seem determined to paint themselves into a corner. What appeals to the Tea Party, far right crowd has less appeal to the general public. And anyone who has a chance at bringing in indepedents is an anathema to the party purists.

    The Right seems caught in an alternative universe held together by the glue of shared idealogy, the True Believer mind set, where a few have the inside track to truth and everyone else is stupid, demented, pathetic, or worse, the enemy. In a healthier political climate we should have a strong conservative and strong liberal party system where compromises and deals could be hammered out.

    July 24, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. azmary

    When she speaks against an intrusive government I guess she is against DOMA and the Patriot act, two very intrusive programs in my opinion.

    July 24, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. af

    Bachman will say anything to get elected, sorry for you, Please, Badman tell the american people how much profit you make from tax payers on the back of your 23 foster care children.
    Tell the American people that you use the foster care money for your own groceries shopping. That is a chame, telle us! yes tell us.

    July 24, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. Jheron

    Actually Ms. BAchmann, I believe the record unemployment was caused by the housing bubble bursting which President Bush was warned about all the way back in 2004...and the fact that corperations are sitting on 1.6 trillion dollars that they are refusing to invest back into the American economy.

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

    The point is that big government is the only solution that will work. Do you think private sector people will take care of the elderly and those disadvantaged for cheap? This concept will not happen so its best to focus on how to make government more efficient than this myth about smaller government.

    July 24, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. roland

    Why is Pawlenty healthcare plan Market Base and Obama's is not. Second just because your stance today is different doesn't mean you didn't say or believe that in the past. Unless you had some revelation or an Apostle Paul moment I would say that Pawlenty is just signing the party line to get elected. We need a president like Obama that is willing to stand up even to his own party to get something done for Americans. I don't see him getting much credit for it. I don't see any other president getting as much out of the Republicans as Obama has.

    July 24, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Squigman

    No one with half a brain would link either, with any person or living being and the ability to think. Both are empty headed, as empty headed as hell will allow.

    July 24, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Cute lib

    I wonder if god told her how to respond to Pawlenty?

    July 24, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. DannyCali

    Now the truth is come out with the GOP.

    July 24, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Joshua Ludd

    No, dear... saving our banking and auto industries and reforming health care were not wastes of money. Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.. under the Republicans, however, were wastes of money and ran us into record deficits. Where was Bachmann then? Oh yeah... calling for investigations of people for being "Unamerican" for expressing dissent or simply being Democrats.

    July 24, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. vikingslost

    Gees, it's about time, the gloves are coming off. These Republicans are typical mouthpieces for Gawd knows what. It has been a relatively slow send off so far and hopefully we will see less and less of the glowing accolades the Republican candidates throw at each other. We want a good rumble and we expect nothing less. Take care.

    July 24, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    How can anyone take GOPers seriously when they have the continued audacity to blame Obama for the current unemployment rate and the budget deficit. This level of make-believe is astounding to me.

    July 25, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  14. Ezo

    It's hard to take anyone seriously when they have the gull to blame Obama for the current fiscal problems of the world. They're either flat out liars or obscenely stupid.

    July 25, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  15. SB

    Some people think the image of Bachmann as a rabid religionist, a science illiterate, a gullible conspiracy theorist, a homophobic bigot represents an unfair 'caricature' of Bachmann, but it doesn't. These character flaws are demonstrable fact. Forget about her laundry list of gaffes and look closely at her laundry list of lies. Remember the president's trip to India? Bachmann was the one responsible for spreading the rumor that it would cost taxpayers $200 million per day. On another occasion Bachmann lied about social security borrowing from the general treasury. She lied about 'Obamacare' claiming that people wouldn't be able to purchase private health insurance after a certain date (this lie is ridiculous on two levels, firstly because the legislation states no such limitation, and secondly because there is no government alternative to the private insurance system under the new rules). She lied about constitutional rules regarding what type of information the census can request. She lied about how much oil the president authorized from the Strategic Oil Reserve (Bachmann said he authorized "all of the oil"; in truth the authorization was only for 4%)... and the list goes on. I don't know if Bachmann is just stupid or dishonest. But either way I know I don't want her as my president.

    July 25, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  16. A disgusted former Republican

    It is amazing how the tea baggers will back any whako extremist as long as they advocate eliminating medicare, social security, healthcare and increasing tax cuts for the wealthy.

    July 25, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  17. Pete from St Paul

    The fact that America does not elect congress persons for President; and never a female. Then again we elected Obama, so anything is now possible. Just that, the conservatives needs a male WASP to satisfy their comfort zone. Bush was running a 500 billion deficit at the time of the economic collapse. The wars and the Medicare Part D was off budget. Being the honest and pro-government Progressive Obama being; he absorbed the TARP, his stimulus, the wars and accounted properly for America's true economic measure. The ‘Just Say NO’ liars are proudly repeating over and over, Obama has tripled the deficit.

    July 25, 2011 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  18. Sparko

    Yeah, they're both do nothing losers from MN, both with pitiful records of so called accomplishments but at least T-Paw isn't nuts......

    July 25, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  19. krissmith777

    I don't see the point in her attacking Pawlenty like this, since he doesn't have a chance at winning the nomination. I don't think she'll get it either, but if she does, it's a sure way for me to vote for Obama, as much as I hate the thought of it.

    July 25, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  20. RG

    Oh boy, it's getting good now, The republicans are gonna tear each other up. They have nothing but obstructionism to run on.

    July 25, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  21. Mike

    It was the Republicans and their stupid policies that made this country crash. Their continued stupid idea was to let the crash happen. They are so full of lies that they don't even know what the truth is. I left that party because they have nothing to offer. All my Republican friends told gay jokes, racist jokes, were the most selfish bunch of people I have ever met, and greed fuels their passion. They make fun of the poor and blame them for all their problems. They complain that Obama hasn't done enough to fix their problem but, the truth is in THREE YEARS they have not offered one idea to bring jobs back. I'm sorry, cutting taxes on the wealthy and taking more from the middle class to pay for their un-funded wars is NOT a solution. All they care about is making sure the president is not elected again. In a time when this country needs all the help we can get to fix the problems all they offer is NOTHING BUT OBSTRUCTION! They will throw this country under the bus so they can put in place their dictator that will ruin this country forever. This is why I will never vote Republican again!!!!

    July 25, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  22. PulSamsara, Chicago

    Go Crazy Lady !

    We'd love to see you get the nomination !

    !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!!

    July 25, 2011 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  23. Changing a supreme court should not be a goal

    Pawlenty's spokesperson claims that he changed a supreme court from liberal to conservative? This is nothing to be proud of! It defies all ideas of checks and balances in our Constitution. The executive is obligated to appoint the best, most qualified justices, then let Congress ask their questions and vote. If Pawlenty, or anyone else, did that to the US Supreme Court, with the express goal of changing the court's liberal-conservative numbers, it would be the most unconstitutional thing they could do.

    July 25, 2011 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  24. Judywire

    Neither Bachmann, nor Pawlenty nor Obama will win the whitehouse in 2012.

    July 25, 2011 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  25. Claire

    Two losers fighting for the bottom.

    July 25, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
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