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. SCAtheist

    Everybody, please vote for this lunatic in the primaries. I am for sure.

    July 25, 2011 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  2. Terry

    After the recent events in Norway, these right wing extremists like Bachmann are starting to scare me. Preaching hate and disdain for those on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security is fueling the hate inside the minds of home grown terrorists. I miss Ronald Reagan. The GOP has become the party of hate, and that is really scary.

    July 25, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  3. Barking Alien

    Bachmann has the maket cornered on crazy. Her remarks show a lack of understanding and comprehension of issues. She is a RINO (Republican in noxious organization)

    July 25, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  4. Stephen

    They're different sides of the same counterfeit coin.

    July 25, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  5. Eli

    Bachmann is against "bigger and more intrusive government", unless, of course, it furthers her conservative agenda of DOMA and other intrusions into the private lives of citizens of whom she disapproves. And she has no problem with being one of the pigs munching at the government trough, sucking up $137,000 in Medicare funds to finance her husband's "pray away the gay" "therapy" center and other hundrds of thousands of dollars in Federal farm subsidies. Oink, oink, Michelle!

    July 25, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  6. Louisiana Man

    Bachman is typical GOP dragon breath-'Big Government has to go' she and her blow heart cronies bellow-
    EXCEPT in her case. Contrary to her rallying against entitlements in Medicaid, her 'small business clinic' accepts this as payment to cure the 'barbarian gays'
    and she also accepts the quite generous farm subsidies from BIG GOVERNMENT. H Y P O C R I T E!!!

    July 25, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes let's support Bachmann's idea of reducing the debt by following the Tea Party's demands: cut spending, but not from military, Medicare, or Social Security (most Tea Party members are retirees collecting SS and Medicare) while cutting taxes for everyone. It is all part of the overarching economic theory called 'we fail even at third-grade arithmetic.'

    July 25, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. Chrisg

    100 years from now, children will be looking into the mirrors of darkened bathrooms and saying Michele Bachmann's name 3 times.

    July 25, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  9. edpeters101

    The pot calling the kettle black. Know what, they're both right!!!

    July 25, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. Robert

    This is going to be so much fun. Sarah, please run. What a circus!

    July 25, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  11. La, La, La

    This is pure entertainment. What ego this woman must have that she thinks she can be President.

    July 25, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  12. Dale

    She is a far-right wingbat with extreme views that are impervious to logic, argument, scientific data or changing circumstances. So she represents the Republican party well.

    July 25, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  13. Bubba

    I just love to see the Grand Old Party reduced to these squabbling factions, with pipsqueaks like these as front-runners while more competent politicians run and hide. It's an easy win for Obama and a plain admission that they don't want the White House.

    July 25, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  14. Whammybar

    Excuse me, the unemployment problem and the deficit problem were a result of George Bush's administration. The bailouts were started before President Obama took office. Facts people, not half truth accusations.
    Pawlenty is correct about Bachmann. He did leave his state in a mess but his correct about her.
    The debt would have been created no matter who took office anfter Bush. Or, massive, massive depression would have set in. choose your poison!

    July 25, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  15. FlipFloppingConservatives

    What about Mitt Romney and RomneyCare? ObamaCare was modeled after the successful Massachusetts program. It really should be called ObamneyCare.

    July 25, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  16. Jay

    Actions do speak louder than words. That is why I will be voting for a true Tea Party Candidate, not a hypocrite in 2012. You see, while Bachman enjoys the love of the Media, she also takes full advantage of every government program that she can in her home life. So right after she is grandstanding and telling the media what programs she is cutting, she runs down to the bank to cash her government checks from the programs that she is milking. If you can't walk the walk, then just get out!

    Ron Paul is a true conservative. He and his family have gone to great lengths to avoid getting entangled in such programs. His kids didn't even take government loans to pay for their college. Ron himself opts out of the lucrative pension program offered to him as a Congressman. On top of all of this, he works to cut Government spending, and he doesn't put himself above the cuts. That is why he returns a healthy portion of his Congressional office budget each year. Wake up People! There is at least one candidate who talks the talk, and walks the walk. His name is Ron Paul.

    Ron Paul 2012 -No other candidate even comes close to the real deal.-

    July 25, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz VA

    The fact of the matter is that Bachmann and T-Paw are not presidential material. Take it how you want it. One wants to run on executive experience and failed miserably at that when he was governor and the other is just plain nuts.

    July 25, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. Tio Pete

    Why doesn't she go after the front runner, Mitt Romney? He flip flopped on supporting Obama Care – not to mention gay marriage. Pawwwlease...Mitt's much closer to Obama the Democrat than Pawlenty.

    July 25, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  19. maggie

    Three things:

    1. I think that the Tea Party my way or the highway behavior in Congress over the debt ceiling will dissuade many but its most ardent followers who might have ever had any interest in this bunch of yahoos; much as one might agree with them, no one group exists in a bubble and that is simply reality;

    2. The increasing acceptance of things like gay marriage is demonstrating that whether you agree with certain things or not personally, the American people as a whole are not interested in repressive ideas;

    3. Bachmann has nothing to say to TP about his performance in his state given the fact that Minnesota just came out of a devastating shut down for fiscal reasons;

    4. TARP turned out to be a good thing afterall.

    July 25, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. Anthony from Maryland

    Let Bachman keep talking! When she is in a real debate with her fellow Republicans they are going to have her for lunch and show the electorate just how unqualified she is to run and she will drop out. Trust me, this train is about to derail. Just give it time......

    July 25, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Sortakinda

    Some say Bachmann has a wooden head. The migraines are from termite activity.

    July 25, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Don

    On the surface she's slightly more intelligent than Palin, WAY more delusional than here and she would be a complete abortion for the country as president. Anyone who believes they can pray away homosexuality and then charges people for it should not be considered a legitimate candidate for the Presidency.

    July 25, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Publius Novus

    Bachmann and her Tea Party fellow travelers are definitely from another planet. They are stuck in the 18th century, and have already forgotten the history of the last five years. Bachmann is proud of the fact that she fought against TARP. Recall that the day after the House rejected Sec. Paulson's first attempt to save Wall Street and the system from its own excesses, the Dow Jones dropped only 778 points in a day. Bachmann is so ignorant of the U.S. and financial systems that she does not understand that in the hours before TARP passed into law, the U.S. and the world were speeding toward the second Great Depression, perhaps the second Dark Age. Bernanke, Geithner, Paulson, and most of Wall Street's masters of the universe were convinced that the financial system was on the verge of utter collapse. I am no fan of any of those folks, but I have to believe they know just a tad more about the financial systems than Bachmann and her mob of ungrateful Social Security recipients.

    As for the era of small government being over, even a stopped clock is right 730 times a year. Pawlenty–for once–spoke the truth. Small government was over when the business trust was invented in the late 19th century. Large government is indeed less than desireable and does restrict our personal freedoms. Nevertheless, big government is necessary as a counterweight to big business–the immoral world of multi-national megacorporations with no loyalty to God or country.

    July 25, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. MadinCT

    "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."

    No Michelle. What you and the other Tea Party dolts and dingalings have brought to Congress are the voices of imaginary friends rolling around in your vacuous crania. May I suggest your husband's approach to pray away the crazy!

    July 25, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. ART

    Yes actiions do speak louder than words but Michelle your crazy words are gonna come back and haunt you. You have spewed such hateful lies and wraped them up in your right wing xenaphobic religious nonsense that it is hard to take anything you says seriously.

    July 25, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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