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. hankers

    elliott September 12th, 2009 10:49 am ET "Pawlenty is telling the truth" >>>>>> very thoughtful and deep response. THINK!

    September 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. k.arthur hyer

    The Rebublican Health Plan? It's a cross between "I got mine" and survival of the fitest.

    September 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Edward lawler

    I still don't know what's going to be in the health plan. I listened to the Pres speak and he didn't say much. How much is it going to cost? What is going to happen to medicare? It's amazing whzt both parties are saying about the same program. I have experience with health care in Sweden and it really sucks.

    September 12, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Bob

    Pawlenty shows himself to be yet another GOP advocate of universal ignorance.

    September 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. J.C.

    I guess when you are the old person being given the pill, and when you have a life-threatening illness and can't get an appointment with a specialist, much less, a GP, and when gasoline goes to $400 a barrel and you can't afford to drive your car, and when electricity is rationed, and you can't afford to run your air conditioner, and when our country becomes a dictatorship instead of a democracy, maybe, just maybe some of the people who support this presidency will wake up and say, "Oh, my goodness, we bought the lie."

    September 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Grizzly

    The Repubs want to stall and slow down on Healthcare reform, but when Bush and Cheney wanted to invade Iraq, their war policy was not to be questioned.

    Anyone who did so was deemed an "appeasor" or "un-American," or had their CIA spouse (Valerie Plame) outed and put in danger.

    These right-wing nutjobs are nothing but lying, fear-mongering hypocrites.

    September 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. nurse

    Read the HR3200 bill then listen to obama then you will know who is the liar.

    September 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Dimslie

    The Dims are calling OTHER PEOPLE liars? That's a good one.

    September 12, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Steve in Kentucky

    Have you ever noticed this guy has sort of retarded-looking eyes? Sort of half-crossed?

    I think it's a reflection of what's going on behind them. Very little.

    September 12, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    I've had it with republicans. Intellectually bankrupt. Whatever happened to the intellectually reasonable, logical adults in that party?

    I have never seen the level of lying in politics as I do now. It is entirely the fault of CNN and gossip bloggy shows like it that valure attracting viewers over telling the truth.

    The fall of Journalism has killed the America. The fall of Journalism has damaged America far worse than world-wide terrorism.

    September 12, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. BJC

    Thank you Tim Pawlenty, only the thugs believe Obamanation and the thiefs in the Democrat party. Silent No More!!

    September 12, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Hmmm.....

    Everyone lies- the difference is we all rationalize the lies of the guy we like. Bottom line is we are all lied to fighting over which liar we want to make believe is telling the fictional truth. The result is that the liar with the biggest following wins and we all live by his lie.

    September 12, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. RON B.

    He is just another stupid right wing nut.

    September 12, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Patriot

    The Republican Party has been hijacked by lunatic extremists, and has become a national embarrassment.

    Birthers, Deathers, Tenthers, Gun-Toters, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter, Wilson-THIS is now the face of the Republican Party.

    Too bad Lincoln didn't let the South secede in 1861–if he had, we wouldn't have to put up with these right-wing whackos now.

    We can only hope these nut jobs will move to Texas, leave the Union, and let us Patriots get down to the real business of improving the lives of real Americans.

    September 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    So the argument I hear from republicans is that most people have health insurance and it will only get worse if the people who don't have health insurance start getting access to health care.

    In other words, if you are poor, it is ok to ration your health care. It's your fault for being poor and not being "responsible" enough to make more money.


    September 12, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Paula from MN

    I am a Minnesotan and hope that people who think Pawlenty is Presidential material should talk to people in our state who have experienced first hand the wake of his destructive governorship. He abdicated his role as governor months ago, just like another attention seeking high profile governor, the difference is Palin is no longer receiving a salary. We tax payers are paying for Pawlenty to jump start his presidential campaign and paying for him to pander to extremists by talking about blocking health care reform, invoking state sovereignty, supporting secession from the union and other nonsense. He should stay home and clean up the mess he created here. He refused to attend an economic summit last week with top economists, former governors who actually knew how to govern on behalf of the people (Republican Governors), etc. to try to resolve our state's economic crisis. Yea, he's presidential material alright ... Maybe Pawlenty, Palin, Bachman and the guy from Texas should start their own country right now and save our state and the nation from their malarky!

    September 12, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. steve fielder

    Taking current population demographics into account; no candidate for the Presidency can hope to win without taking at least 40% of the Hispanic vote. When supposed Republican moderates like Tim Pawlenty turn strongly rightward to appeal to the fundamentalist base of the Republican Party with its strong anti-immigrant / anti-Latino sentiments, they doom themselves as serious candidates in a nationwide general election.

    September 12, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. ib

    Kaine is over the DNC now and I don't believe anything that comes from them. I've had to put up with Kaine in Va. for the last four years and I'm so thankful he will be gone. Deeds will be as bad or worse if he is elected. The DNC under Kaine will say anything; do anything to get the far left demo's elected.

    September 12, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Grizzly

    How come there's all of this Republican alarm over healthcare reform, yet when Bush and Cheney were taking us to war in Iraq based on lies and deceit, they were not to be questioned?

    Anyone who objected was labeled an "appeasor" or "un-American," and CIA agent Valerie Plame was outed for her husband's open criticism of the Bush / Cheney war policy.

    These right-wing nuts are nothing but fear-mongering, lying hypocrites.

    September 12, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. suresh

    Mike R

    Which planet you live on? The Universal Health care is working fine in Europe. All those countries are ahead of us in their quality and affordability of health care. We are number 37 in the world. Well we do have high tech and high quality in our health care but the problem is not all our citizens can afford it. If you are one of the lucky ones, you are fine with the status quo. However, 47 million of Americans are not.. Do you think you have some moral responsibility for that? If not, there is nothing anybody can say will convince you that we need to reform our health care.

    September 12, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Dick_NH

    Pawlenty and Palin ~~ Are they competing with the dynamic duo from SC (Sanford & Wilson) to win the title of "most irrelevant" ?

    September 12, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. disgusted

    Well, I suppose you think that if you keep calling it government run health care the low intelligence voter will believe it. And it seems to be true. So stay classy GOP.

    September 12, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Dan

    Why do the republicans continue to act as if Obama is suggesting that government will be taking over ALL of healthcare when in fact the government-run program will be ONE OPTION for those who have no other recourse so that everyone can have something.

    They just DO NOT want all Americans covered. Period. Because they are in the pocket of the insurance companies, and those companies are afraid of losing customers to the government-run option.

    But Republicans are SUPPOSED to be for competition in the marketplace. So let the government-run option compete with the private companies. If the government-run option will be so mismanaged and bad, then there's nothing to fear from the competition is there?

    Republicans spew nothing but LIES and those stupid enough to believe them without giving it any critical thought get what the deserve.

    September 12, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Gus

    If the president lies, why shouldn't others be allowed the same priveledge?

    September 12, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Tony In Largo, Fl

    When is Pawlenti up for re-election? I want to start contributing now to the Democratic candidate who challenges him for office.

    September 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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