September 12th, 2009
12:31 PM ET
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DNC paints Pawlenty as liar

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The DNC is out with a new ad painting Gov. Pawlenty as a 'liar.'"]
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Ahead of President Obama's visit to Minneapolis Saturday, the Democratic National Committee is out with a new attack ad painting Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as a politician attempting to appeal to the "extremists" in the Republican party.

"Tim Pawlenty is spreading lies about health reform," the nearly two-minute web ad charges.

The ad titled "Tim Pawlenty: In the extreme," is a compilation of interviews the Minnesota governor has given over the past few months in which he calls the President's health plan a "joke" and claims the bill "might affect end of life decisions."

Highlighting Pawlenty's recent campaign efforts for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, the ad accuses him of "campaigning for extremists."

Pawlenty, who was on Sen. John McCain's short list of vice presidential candidates, has also been rumored to be one of the leading Republican candidates running for president in 2012.

Friday, the Republican party of Minnesota released an ad calling President Obama's health care plan "risky," and urging him to "slow down and do health care reform the right way."

The President speaks in Minnesota Saturday at a health care reform rally that begins at 1230p CT/130p ET.

UPDATE: RNC Spokesman LeRoy Coleman released the following statement in response to the DNC ad:

“Once again, the Democrats are desperately trying to shift attention away from their extraordinarily unpopular health care plan – especially on a day when the President is bringing his traveling road show to Minnesota in an attempt to sell his floundering government-run health care proposal. Minnesotans, however, aren’t fooled by the rhetoric. The President’s government-run health care plan would increase costs, increase taxes, increase the deficit and reduce health care choice and quality.”

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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. scott

    Good Ad. True Ad. The GOP has nothing to offer except Fear and Anger. They lack any comprehension of an "inclusive" world view. This isn't Germany 1940's. But they act like something very scary from that time period

    September 12, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    People listening to the same lies 100 times ...this is how people get to beleive any crap from this type of rhetoric of the 20th century!

    September 12, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. steve

    Being an extremist is a ticket to win the 22% wing-nuttery in the New republican party of Joe "heckler" Wilson.
    Cut him some slack because his brain and thought process has been hijacked by Rush Limbaugh.

    September 12, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. CR

    The ad is just telling it like it is. No credibility left in the GOP.

    September 12, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Jennifer

    If he wants to be taken seriously as a contender for 2012, he needs to stop acting like Sarah Palin.

    September 12, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Josh

    By aligning himself with the Right Wing...err nuts, he loses my vote. I'm sick of the Republican Party coming off looking like idiot because of a few nuts that grab the media's attention. If the Republicans are serious about winning any elections they better understand that the loonies aren't going be the ones that put them in office.

    September 12, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Linda from Minnesota

    Tim Pawlenty calling President Obama a joke? Just the opposite. Tim needs to get his behind back in Minnesota, quit campaigning for his next gig and finish the job the voters of MN elected him to do. Tim Pawlenty allowed 13 people to die when the 35W bridge fell into the Mississippi River – he will not spend any money for bridges/road/health care. Tim Pawlenty just cut MinnesotaCare to the sickest and poorest in my state. Tim Pawlenty is the joke here.

    September 12, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. John

    Republicans should not be wasting time and money cultivating light weight politicians like Pawlenty. Extremists or far right wingers have no chance of winning. Nor would be the far left wingers stand a chance of winning. The extremists on both sides should never be allowed to stand as candidate for election. The Republican candidate that will stand a chance of winning must be a Centrist Judeo-Christian who has leadership experience in government and is a powerful orator like Reagan and Nixon.

    September 12, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Jody

    I live right across the border from the Twin Cities. We see stories about Pawlenty all the time and there is nothing about him that I would see making a good president. He decided to take all the power in his own hands and without telling them what he intended, he overrode the fiscal spending bill passed by the Minnesota representatives on a line by line basis. He eliminated programs and funding that he disagreed with. This is certainly not representation of the people, only representation of himself.

    September 12, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Val, ky

    The comments and statements from GOP members are just not credible anymore, because every time any one of them opens their mouth, it is either a lie or a distortion.

    They've also become pretty unreasonable, racist, and psychotic. Would never want them to run our country ever again.

    I think it's time for the Independence party to step up and assume the other mantle within in the two party system we have.

    September 12, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Samuel

    I watched this whole ad and it simply wasn't that shocking. What he said may be slightly false, but it certainly wasn't "In the extreme". If the Democratic party really thinks that this is in the extreme then they have a real problem with understanding where the American center is.

    And the video is too cut up. There are pieces where SENTENCES are cut from one interview and put consecutively, and this is makes it less persuasive than it could have been.

    September 12, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    It is extremely sad to see GOP extremists use phony arguments like "death panels" in the health care debate. End of life discussions between doctors and dying patients are essential in assuring comfort and dignity in the final days of life. Distortions and lies in the health care debate only hurts those who truly need compassionate and enlightened healthcare.

    September 12, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Jerry in Florida

    Do my fellow Democrats want to have it both ways? The embarrassing episodes seem to go on and on. We called President Bush a liar. It was OK. Now we are calling Governor Pawlenty a liar, not in a 30 second, or a one minute ad, but in a two-minute ad. And, of course, it’s OK. However, when someone calls President NObama or his flunkies liars, now that's un-American, that’s being unpatriotic; they are called "turf" (plastic, Pop-Up, Can’t Make Up My Mind Pelosi’s disparaging remarks regarding those opposing the possible bankrupting health care proposals.)

    America, stand tall, and speak loud and clear. And most of all, don't ever allow President NObama or his cronies and supporters to intimidate you.

    Your expressions are what may save our country yet.

    May the Lord Bless America and punish those who are bringing our once glorious nation basically to its knees.

    September 12, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Dean

    Saying any politician is a liar is about like saying rain is wet.
    In this country liars and politicians are synonymous.

    September 12, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. grant

    i live in mn. pawlenty is a joke. he'd be another bush throwing bipartisanship to the wind. obama is trying to get the republicans involved. they're simply stonewalling him in hopes that politically it will benefit the repubs in the next election cycle. if the republicans were "patriots" (remember that term for people who followed bush w/ no questions asked?), they'd be doing what's best for our country...which is working WITH the democrats.

    September 12, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. katiec

    Pawlenty is joining the rest of the GOP by saying, doing anything to get the headline, regardless of merit.
    How these politicans can so blatently lie, distort, spread fear and yet claim to be good Chrisitians is beyond me.
    I have never seen a political party stoop to the level the republicans have. With their quest to destroy our president, they will destroy what our country desperately needs and, perhaps, our survival.
    But they seem not to care with their party first, win at any cost, fear mongering and dishonesty that has taken an all time high.

    September 12, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Mark

    Another republican who will say anything or what "is necessary" to keep those campaign dollars coming in from insurance and pharmacutical companies.

    September 12, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Mark

    The DNC is scared to death of Pawlenty and Palin. The dems realize that Obama is going to be a one term president....

    September 12, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. elliott

    Pawlenty is telling the truth

    September 12, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Georgia

    Minnesotan's wouldn't re-elect Pawlenty anyway. They can't stand him because he vetoed the budget for bridge repair before the 35W bridge collapsed which caused fatalities and many injuries.

    He likes to hide his increasing of taxes as "fees" – another case of "voodoo economics"! That's all we need.

    If he can't even win his own state – how does he expect to be the next POTUS???

    Of course – the Republican's = Incompetence!

    September 12, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. hjhaney

    Friday, the Republican party of Minnesota released an ad calling President Obama's health care plan "risky," and urging him to "slow down.....

    Theodore Roosevelt first called for health care reform nearly a century ago. How much slower do you want to go. Any slower and we would be backing up.

    September 12, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Jake Johannssen

    DNC is worried about Pawlenty. It is Obama who has lied (I'm a former Demcrat and now Independent) as I've read two bills and studied them.
    Why did not the Democrats approve the amendments that were proposed to stop illegals from getting Ins or Abortion? If Obama is not lying he is dumb.
    Palwenty has been a good Mn governor and approved by Dems as well as he has a favorable rating. No, he's not perfect however he is not a liar.
    DNC better worry a little more about Palin – she in in 2012 as I think she's running as an Independent.
    Jake J

    September 12, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Jack CArlson

    Democrats use to be our Farmer Party – they are embarrassing now. Their lies are blatant. We moved to Independent as the Democrats for the most part don't respect life anymore. 2012 is going to be earthshaking. I wish Colin Powell would of run in 2008 – he's a grown man.
    Jack C

    September 12, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Chuck

    I thought that Jim Pawlenty represented the more moderate line of the Republican Party. Apparently, he has succumbed to the right wing fringe extemist disposition that we see at rallies and tea party-goers.

    Pawlenty has obviously taken himself out of the presidential race for 2012. Mitt Romney is the only one left that seems to make sense.

    September 12, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Patricia T.

    Pawlenty seems to be just what is wrong with the Republican party today. He has in the past sounded like a level-headed guy who got the job done, not buying into the extreme positions that we've been seeing, particularly surrounding President Obama and health care reform. Yet, here lately, here he is, sounding more like Bachmann and Palin than himself. When will sensible Republicans realize that they are selling their souls to appeal to a nut-infested base? I would think that disenchanted independents and moderates might consider him - except that he's now echoing the most divisive in his party. I don't get it.

    September 12, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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