September 12th, 2009
12:31 PM ET
12 years ago

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.”

Filed under: President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. johnrj08

    As long as the moderates in the Republican Party pander to its right-wing base, the GOP will never win another national election. The party makes a big mistake in assuming that its plan to delegitimize President Obama is working beyond the extremists in its own ranks. The campaign to sabotage health care reform has been transparent. Pawlenty's quotes are going to come back to haunt him in any future campaign.

    September 12, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Roger

    It seems obviously logical to me to just fix the things that are wrong with the best health care in the world for about $30 billion, instead of turning it completely upsidedown for $1 trillion.

    I guess the Dems either can't see the obvious, or they actually do want to wreck another fifth of the U.S. economy and the best healthcare in the world.

    September 12, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Jeff

    Partisan bickering, name calling, "misleading statements" from both sides. The American People deserve more than this ridiculous display. President Obama (hereafter know as The Great Divider) is behaving like a spoiled chiild. Is this the Hope & Change ya'll voted for??

    September 12, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. nola

    Oh My what some people want do to get attention. These Repub that want to run for President in 2012 are falling all over each other trying to get the extreme conservates to vote them in office. First Palin now this guy wants some attention.

    I think that they would get a whole lot more attention if they would address the issues facing everyone in a more positive way. Present ideas that will help instead of pouring gas on a bunch of hate fill individuals.

    September 12, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Any health care bill passed, especially with a public option, will affect end-of-life decisions because not enough productive persons will be paying ENOUGH into funds for everybody to have complete coverage: too many citizens produce nothing. Obama himself suggested pain medication instead of surgery. The pills will go to the end-of-life patients, many of whom will have paid taxes for decades only to be denied surgery so an unproductive younger person can get contraceptives or baby care.
    Yes, the bill will affect end-of-life decisions, so it is not a lie to say that it will.
    It is the Democrats who lie.

    September 12, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Mike R

    "The President’s government-run health care plan would increase costs, increase taxes, increase the deficit and reduce health care choice and quality."

    Common sense and previous evidence shows otherwise. If it can work in Europe and other civilized countries, it can work here. Simple as that.

    September 12, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Ladont

    "slow down and do health care reform the right way."
    The right way? As in take 8 years, like the past administration did, and do nothing?

    September 12, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Carl Justus

    Pawlenty and Sarah Palin are two of the far right lead spokenmans to lie about what will be in the health plan.

    They are only trying to make Obama look bad when what we need is for the congress to come together and hash out a viable plan to keep the insurance companies HONEST and get all Americans insured.

    September 12, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Jerry La Bathe

    It's to bad that the Gov. can't come back to Mn. and take care of our problems in this state instead of talking about things he is told to by his bosses.

    September 12, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Justen

    I am outraged that the dems would impune this mans charachter by calling him a liar! They should be ashamed at this abomidable behavior!

    All left wing liberals are hypocrites.

    September 12, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Jerry

    The republican party could care less about Healthcare. There objective is have obama fail at any cost. They have repeatedly stated that. It wouldn't matter if the Healthcare bill was perfect, they would still oppose. Republican party is a party is trying to ruin obama which in turn will hurt the American people. They should stop thinking about themselves and the 2012 election and get some work done. That is the best way for the republican party to get back on track, WORK and stop trying to cut throats to get back into the majority.

    September 12, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. John

    All of you people harping about other instances of people being called liar, don't seem to have the word CONTEXT in your vocabulary.

    The reason why Wilson had to apologize is because he disrespected the Office of the President of the United States by slandering him during a televised address to congress. The rules of decorum apply, and just because he wanted to appease his tea-gagging followers does not give him an excuse for this premeditated outburst. Even his fellow republicans agree with that and compelled him to apologize.

    Pawlenty pretends to be taking part in a civil debate but then he go around calling genuine concern for the health of our citizens a 'joke'. How can you expect people to believe you are part a civil solution when you offer nothing but name calling and misinformation.

    September 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Paul

    Pawlenty is the worst governor my state has ever had; and remember, we had a former pro wrestler in that office! I HOPE he runs for president in 2012– so the big boys in the media will expose his lousy governorship here the past 6 years...well, I guess we should only count his first term– he hasn't governed our state lately; he's been campaigning for president the last two years.

    September 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. hankers

    Coleman says "the Democrats are desperately trying to shift attention away from their extraordinarily unpopular health care plan" but if you look at the funds raised by the "liar" incident, there was 50% more money raised by the Dem choise. I think there is a difference between the majority and the loud minority which just sounds like a majority.

    September 12, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Chris

    The Right Wing have descended into idealogical zealotry. Where any viewpoint that does not adhere to a strict hardcore conservative stance in considered tainted and suspect. Where merely labelling something as "Liberal" is somehow enough to prove it wicked and wrong. The Republicans have – to quote Robert Jackson – the "fanatical conviction that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds: that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous."

    September 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Chris

    ..."increase costs, increase taxes, increase the deficit and reduce health care choice and quality.”

    The RCN don't listen. None of this reflects Obama's plan. Just recycling their rhetoric over and over.

    September 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Shannon

    As far as I can see. I haven't heard any republican tell the truth. Its sad. I have republican friends and they are discusted with there partys actions and how any congressman or senator is cleaning to dumb people in this country.

    September 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Ken, Arizona

    The problem with those on the right is that they rely on what they are told by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, et al rather than read and reason for themselves. They have so distorted the current efforts to reform health care, and these sheep have bought into it. The sad fact is that those who have bought into it are the very ones most adversely effected by the current private run health care system. Yes, the government has its problems, but I trust it more than I trust the private sector.

    Perhaps someone should have given those on the right the speech that President Obama gave to school children this week... stay in school, study hard, TRY to learn. In other words, get an education so you can think for yourself.

    September 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. MJ

    Have you ever known anyone who has been denied Health Care at a Public Hospital? Doesn't matter if they are legal or illegal. Guess who pays for the illegal ... We Do.

    Health Reform is a must. Complete overhaul and a Government Plan is very scary. Can't we take the time to get it right?

    September 12, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Talal Soufanati

    Republicans argue that health care plane “will cause a long waiting list for needed treatment”.
    What I understand from their argument is that. Many Americans are indeed in need for Medical care.
    If the bill passes, those nuisances will be able to see a doctor when they or their children get sick. Inconveniences pardon for the Republicans and the self-centered. What a disgrace.

    September 12, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. bella

    What's good for the goose is indeed good for gander! This is a good, honest Ad! I wonder if the GOP expected the karma of Joe Wilson to be coming back into their face in a couple of days??? Great job, DNC! Keep up the good work!!

    September 12, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. NC Obama Supporter

    To Chris in NY: I agree with you and have already started my boycott. I live near SC and will never spend a penny there again. After Joe Wilson disrepected President Obama the other night we need to hit them where it hurts: their wallet. Some of these politicans need to spend time helping their states. In SC there are third world conditions in some areas: no indoor plumbing, people coming to our emergency rooms without health care. SC dropping off homeless people in our state, student dropout rate. One county in SC has a 20% or above unemployment rate. I wish CNN would really investigate the living conditions of some of these states where the politicans are against everything that could help their citizens.

    September 12, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Lb001

    It doesn't work anywhere. I have family that live in a Government-Run HealthCare System. When a family member gets sick. There are no local doctors to take care of them. They have to travel on their own about 4 hrs each way to go to a Hospital. Once there if admitted, there are no basic need items like sheets for the bed, soap,food. You must bring your own.Once diagnosed they call my family in the USA and ask us for the medicine prescribed, which they can't get there. Because the supply is exausted.
    Is this what we want for our Country. It's like living in the Dark Ages.
    NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. hankers

    Jake Johannssen September 12th, 2009 10:56 am ET "Why did not the Democrats approve the amendments that were proposed to stop illegals from getting Ins or Abortion?" >>>>>>> I don't know. You tell me.
    "DNC better worry a little more about Palin – she in in 2012 as I think she's running as an Independent.">>>>>> That would be perfect. Split the RW vote down the middle and give the Dems a hands-down victory by a landslide. Stupid is as stupid does! THINK!

    September 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. dan

    Where were the republicans the last 8 yrs on healthcare?Maybe it wasnt in there best interest to bring it up.The demos should ram it down there troats.Republicans are all about leaving things be as long as there pockets get lined with cash.

    September 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10