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. Nancy - Houston

    Conservatives are urging him to "slow down and do health care reform the right way." So they think the "right way" is their way! Hummm, not from what I am hearing right out of the horse's mouth.

    September 12, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Sian Rose

    The White House is giving Republicans all the leeway they need to cast doubt in the public's mind. What they have failed to do, even now, is get the public's perception of this entite matter. Get politicians involved at the local level. It's campaign season, get the information distributed at meetings, rallies and other public gathering. Have people tell their local politicians, Republicans and Democrats what they want by distributing healthcare surveys. Incorporate public opinion instead of bickering amongst each other. Use groups like the NAACP, labor unions, and AARP that are trusted by the public to initiate neighborhood gatherings where healthcare dsicussions can be held locally, and hopefully broadcast by the local media.

    September 12, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. SHIRLEY "61"

    Most people now accept that the only way for any repubs to keep their base going is to be as ridiculous as they are, thus bring on the former fairly intelligent Paw-Paw. He is saying all sorts of things that are just no true. They (GOP) no longer have any real, honest, or rational thoughts about the right things to do about anything in this country. It is astounding to believe that an entire political party has lost its collective minds, but they seem to have done just that. These people are really getting scarier by the moment, and I hope there is someone in their group that can come out and put some sort of reason and civility back into them. They are being led by hateful media people who all seem to be deeply disturbed as evidenced by their constant tirades and brain washing . I have never in my life seen such rude, crude behaviour on the part of Americans who have always in the past prided themselves on being the civilized examples for the free world. Their (GOP) building up of hatred against others who don't think as they do for the last decade or more, has caused this country to go backwards at an alarming rate. I have just got to believe that there is something that happens that will cause them to rethink that stupidity, and realize that we need all Americans to protect this country and save it for ourselves and our children.

    September 12, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Steve in PA

    Call him whatever you like, but if he was part of the reason the Bill was halted from being passed, then he deserves Thanks. If it was up to the President and the Democrats, this thing would have been rammed through without anyone reading it and they would be on their next Crisis by now.

    Heath Care reform is too big and too important to rush, but no one really seems to care, as long as something is done NOW.

    It's funny they are calling him a Liar, and Mr. Wilson a Liar, for calling Obama a Liar. Hate to say it, but someone is lying and someone is telling the truth. Who do you think it is? The President who last month said it was 47 million uninsured, then just this week said 30 million. I guess 17 million more people got insurance over night. Or the people who READ this bill and know what is in it?

    This President and his Agenda are not to be trusted. They are doing too much, too fast and no one is questioning them. The Stimulus was prime example of what not to do, yet they continue to rush because the President deems it a Crisis. Tell me why a Corrupt organization like Acorn is getting Billions of tax payer money to fund illegal activities? Why are you people not mad as #@$ about this? These people belong in Jail. If they were Republicans, they would be, right?

    September 12, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. CG

    Not sure this is not a bit over the top BUT , or course that is what the GOP does and I guess the DNC can fight fire with fire. After all they(the GOP) do not have a problem caling Dems and Obama liars even when it is inapproprorate. At least this is more in line with excepted politics.

    In listening to Pawlenty on interviews he does seem to be extreme on some of his views and epecially on health reform . And he does seem to be in the Palin camp which would make me very very afraid!

    September 12, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. etienne

    I would be interested in reviewing a list of those in government who are opposing health care reform and a list of those who are receiving funding support from the health insurance lobby. I'll bet there is considerable overlap.

    September 12, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. California Girl

    It's about time the Dems give the Republicans a taste of their own medicine!

    I have never been so proud to be a dem than I am now.....especially with President Obama in office. : )

    September 12, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. paul oregon

    gov. pawlenty is a member of the party of NO!! what more can you expect from the g.o.p.??? when there sole platform is fear mongering, only me attuide. and screw the working class mentally. one question to repub. how many are not going to get flue shot for h1n1 flue because the fed. gov. is involved with the program??????????

    September 12, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Eugene FRANK MD

    As a child I was taught, if I had nothing to say, don't. The majority of the Republican-right, have little to say creatively and a lot to say destructively. This approach, since the election of Obama, appears to be extremely sour grapes: having more to do with a democratically, majority- elected black president, (not Supreme court chosen or vote manipulation) than it has to do with ideological differences, which, if there are any, are obscured by racism, hatred, bigotry, destructive envy and murderous jealousy.

    September 12, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. SG

    I am so disappointed in my Governor. Speaking of the fictitious death panels and saying he might invoke the 10th amendament?!? What happened to the moderate, "Sam's Club" Republican? There are not and will never be death panels! If there were, Repubs would be required to reprot first.Why, on God's green Earth, would the Governor start talking about the 10th amendment? Minnesota is a very blue state. He may not be running for re-election but that doesn't mean he can do whatever the hell he wants. Hmm, does the fact the my employer, evil UnitedHealth Group, is HQd in Minnetonka have any sway over the Governor? Thank goodness if he does run in 2012, he can't add that crackpot loon Michele Bachmann to the ticket.

    September 12, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Leslie

    Once again, the DNC slams anyone who disagrees with Obama's health care plan. Pawlenty's criticism is valid and expresses the viewpoint of at least 52% of the American people, according to the latest polls. We don't want his health care plan, we don't need it, since there is no crisis, and we want to keep the best health care system in the world, which we already have. So, slam Obama's opponents if you must, but they have the right, just as his supporters do, to express their opinions as long as we have free speech in this country.

    September 12, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    You're right, Tim, we should slow down on universal healthcare. 65 years is not nearly enough time to debate the merits of the issue.

    September 12, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. kgeukes Michigan

    What a lot of the Repubs fail to realize is that they too pay for the uninsured (Of course, unless they ARE the uninsured). Mr Pawless does not want to help his people or anyone else when in fact a lot of his people are the uninsured. We need a health care bill now!!!! It's been too long for most of us to be paying for the uninsured...He gets his healthcare bought and paid for by the people of Minnesota...If I lived there he would no longer be Gov.

    September 12, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Joe

    Now, here's a sad and scary situation. Pawlenty has the potential to be a rational moderate centrist who is thoughtful and can appeal to a majority of Americans. Instead he decides to side with the right wing crazies and suck up to the looniest of the extremists in his party. Apparently there is no other way to get nominated by the Republican party, and that says a lot about what a black hole the GOP has become.

    September 12, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Jeffrey in Michigan

    Slow down...don't rush into anything...make Obama fail at all costs including the dtriment of the American people...that's the GOP way. What a bunch of losers. News flash: We won.

    September 12, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Dave

    Listen to the liberals whine. It was perfectly OK for the Democratics to critique the last administration's plans but now that the shoe is on the other foot, listen to them cry.

    What is wrong with thinking a total redo of one sixth of our economy by the Congress, a group of self-centered elitists, might be risky and that the changes ought to be well considered rather than slammed through on political expediency?

    To paraphrase Patricia T; When will the moderate Democrats realize that they are selling their souls to appeal to a nut-infested liberal left wing?

    September 12, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Marty, FL

    Pawlenty is out of touch with his dishonest nonsense–supporting death panel lies, making outrageous allegations against a presidential speech for school kids, obstructing senatorial representation against his MN taxpayers, aligning with the far-right McDonnell, and enabling lunacy to fester amongst his followers. No thank you, Pawlenty.

    Americans deserve better from their leadership.

    September 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Gary

    A period in the past was known as the Minnesota Miracle when education was supported, tuition was affordable, business thrived, health care was important, infrastructure was maintained (including bridges), there was teamwork with the opposition, and the state budget was under control. Under Pawlenty, everything in Minnesota has deteriorated and his tenure as governor will be known as the Minnesota Disaster. Liar does not adequately describe Gov. Scarcity, aka Pawlenty.

    September 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Pat Federowicz

    I have not heard this man's speeches, but I am in shock as to how he figures the Health Care Reform bill will affect "end of life" decisions is beyond me. When a person comes to having to make "end of life" decisions he/she is usually looking at how they want to live out the remaining time they may have due to having been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Some opt to have more treatment even though they may have been warned it will not help. Others opt to enter a Hospice Program to receive quality care and palliative care and which also encompasses counseling for themseves and family members. Hospice Care focuses on quality of life that remains, not on quantity of time left. Hospice Care is covered by Medicare. Medicare which the Republican Party wanted Obama to get rid of. Perhaps this is why Gov. Pawlenty stated what he did about Health Care Reform affecting "end of life" decisions.

    September 12, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. jules sand-perkins

    They actually called him a liar?
    When are they going to apologize?

    September 12, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Roger in CA

    Pawlenty, and all the wingnuts on here seeking to derail health care reform are morally reprehensible cretins.

    I DON'T CARE if a relative handful of illegals somehow manage to get coverage!!! It is a small price to pay to achieve stable, affordable health care for hundreds of millions of Americans. And isn't it better to kill off the TB bacteria while it is still in the bodies of the illegals, before it gets into your kid's lungs??? (And, Mr. Wilson of S.C. and others: the bills already DO expressly prohibit coverage of illegals!)

    I DON'T CARE if a few abortions are paid for indirectly because some women's private insurance policies are subsidized by the Feds, and the policy happens to pay for elective abortions (though I've never seen such a thing)!! A complete red herring of an issue.

    We can't allow the perfect to be the enemy of the plenty good enough!

    September 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Gary

    A point about Pawlenty: He's no conservative. He proposed the Health Impact Fee, raising cig tax by a dollar, he signed into law such things as the Smoking Ban and the Primary Offense Seat Belt law. And yes, he, and a Democratic legislature did accounting shifts to postpone the inevitable tax increases and/or budget cuts. He is not what the GOP needs, and he has alienated his base.

    A point about the comments on the 35W bridge collapse: Pawlenty does not have the power to tax, the legislature does. If there's blame to be placed, it's on the Democrat contolled House and Senate, who would rather spend tax dollars on bike paths and green ways. Culprit in chief for the bridge collapse is Senate Tranportation Chair Steve Murphy, who pulls all the strings regarding transportation.

    Pawlenty – you can leave the political theater, now. You're not wanted.

    Gary from MN

    September 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Chris (NY)

    It's time for Progressives/Educated Americans to take a forceful stand against the various regressive forces the exist in the USA. Boycott any and all Republican/Libertarian/Conservative owned/operated businesses, organizations and institutions.

    September 12, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. John

    True great ad, this Pawlenty guy looks like a sleazy used car salesman peddling used cars from flood zones – can we trust him?

    September 12, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Steve

    I live in Minnesota and at one time thought Tim Pawlenty might be a decent guy. However, he has revealed he really is nothing more than a political opportunist and a sad hack. He's consciously chosen to feed the fear, anger and lie machine of the Republican right. He's been a terrible Governor here and has duly earned his reputation as "Governor Pothole" due to the absolutely horrific state of the Twin Cities' roads and highways and his lack of managing the state's infrastructure. His Palin-esque, pinhead statements belie an immaturity and will backfire on him if he mistakenly believes he as a prayer to be a serious Presidential candidate. If all the Republicans can proffer up is Pawlenty, then the Dems can start licking their chops 'cuz it looks like two terms for Obama.

    September 12, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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