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. sy

    Gov Pawlenty is another example of the GOP's lack of leadership and a party of right-wing extremists. There are no credible republican leaders and the current GOP politicians are unwilling to chastize the nutty fringe for their abhorant behavior and seem to be controlled by the lunatics on the far right. It is truly a disgrace to see a party so out of touch with America and trying to pursuade the ignorant followers to create havoc & destruction.

    September 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Billy from Minneapolis

    Pawlenty is a joke for a governor and would be a joke for a President. He claims that he's lowered taxes but when you look at what he's done, he's raised state fees and shifted the tax burden to local property owners. Don't forget the I-35W bridge collapsed while he was governor of Minnesota. Now, he spends all his time running around the country selling himself as a leader. Don't be fooled, Pawlenty is not a leader, he's an opportunist looking out for himself.

    September 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. pam

    This sounds like a lot of political sparring, however, the Republicans have not had much relevance in their rhetoric for quite some time and FINALLY people are noticing that fact. I think that ALL people who do NOT have health care (and those who feel abused by the current health care system) should rally for health care reform in every city across the US NOW!!!

    Pam in Oregon

    September 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Bassman

    The Democrats are wrong on the ideas so the use personal attacks. This will backfire. Pres. Obama says nearly 50% of us will lose our health insurance. Scare tactics? How sad.

    September 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Djak

    So the DNC releases an ad about a specific politician doing what Republicans have been doing all along; inciting discontent among the citizenry. And the RNC responds by releasing an ad attacking our presidents attempt to carry out his campaign promises. How typical can you get?

    September 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Garrett from MN

    OH yeah....

    For those of you that think Pawlenty would be a good leader.....he is not. He puts on a good show in seeming likeable, but its all a facade.

    The only way anything would get done is if the GOP had full government control. He seems like a nice guy and bi-partisan....but the truth is he is one of the most Partisan hacks out there. He reminds me of how Bush led........draw the party lines.......either you are with us or against us-sort of menatlity.

    He liked to wave his stupid veto pen around like he was some sort of super hero..........HE's the Decider.

    September 12, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Bld

    For some people, our health care system is the best in the world. Who are those people? Those people are health insurance company executives. We can't afford to have the wealthiest, most highly paid insurance company executives in the world.

    September 12, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Rita OHIO

    Doesn't this man ever stay in MN? I thought he had a full time job as Governor....oh that's right....he cares more about the republican party than the citizens of his state

    September 12, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Jack in Florida

    Ken from AZ said it the best......I whole heartedly agree!

    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 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Djak

    I think everyone needs to do some research and find out exactly how many insurance companies are donating heavily to politicians who do their best to kill this health reform bill. Money is changing hands here, I guarantee it.

    September 12, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. dj brown

    The republicans has once and for all lost the bid to put any credible GOP as presidential candidate[aside Gen. Colin Powel] by allowing the scum to open up his mouth in this on going debate!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Jeanette Lawrence

    I have read the bill, and see that Obama and the Democrats are the liars. I do not need anyone on TV or radio to interpret it for me.

    September 12, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Jamey

    It's true. Pawlenty is a major-league liar.

    September 12, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. John

    The biggest lies are coming from Obama, Pelosi and Reid. The sad part is the media complicity to perpetuate the lies. Check out the fine print of the pending legislation; they will put private insurers out of business and give extremely broad powers to a few that will allow illegals to have public healthcare and fund abortions. The claim the republicans have offered no solutions is total BS.

    September 12, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. jab

    why don't you left "loons" take a look at california. the state is broke, hospitals are closing due to the free health care and welfare this state offers to illegals and whoever else wants to freeload. you think it is so great to help others, well i say NO!! people must stand on their own and work for what they get. the constant "handout" is what sickens most americans and it is high time it stopped. just because i don't have three kids with three different women and don't pay for any of them doesn't mean i have to bust my hump to pay for it! but the libs tell these women its ok to sleep with who you want and they are just stupid enough to do it. plus the idiot catholics don't believe in birth control, which is the most irresponsible thing in society today. just wait till the freeloaders pile in your state. youll be sooorrry!!

    September 12, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Melanie

    don't we pay for all public officials health care through taxation. If the helath care reform doesn't pass with a public option I think we the people should ask all publicly elected officials to rescind their helath care...We need to protect them form that evil government spending...

    September 12, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. DeathPanels

    The liar is Obama the one month dump senator that was elected by the SRM.

    September 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What part of 'slow down and do health care the right way' is hateful or scary? Given the screwed up, pork filled stimulus bill (with AIG bonuses included), slowing down seems very reasonable. This is going to cost $1 triilion, so it HAS TO BE RIGHT. You Dems just want to spend spend spend. Well spend your money not mine.

    September 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Gerry

    As a Canadian I am amused and perplexed by all this name calling over an issue we solved since the 1970's, health care should be available to everyone. People are called communists and worse for supporting the idea that everyone should be able to afford equal medical treatment. Canada has a population of 35 million people and all have free medical treatment . The USA has a population of over 350 million and the richest country in the world and the only western country that does not supply their people with healthcare. Shame on you! Instead of insulting your president, you should be thankful that a politician is thinking of your health.

    September 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. DeathPanels

    The liar is Obama the one month dumb senator that was elected by the SRM.

    September 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Debby

    So its okay for the DNC to call Rep. liars but when the tables are turned they want to abonish people out of office. What a looney bunch of idiots the Dems. are.

    September 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)

    Just like the left to point at the far right! You lefties WILL NOT be taken seriously until you bounce Rangel out of his chairmanship! I suggest you stop pointing fingers at the right and start cleaning up your own mess for a start!
    BTW, the GOP has offered several deas but your loonies shot them down and will not consider them, so now you can stop wagging your forked tongues about the GOP having no ideas!
    As far as death panels go, of course they are not called death panels but expalin the need for a panel of "advisors" as a part of this health care. Does Social security, medicare or medicaid have "advisors"? Isn't that the responsibility of HHS (medicare/medicaid)?

    September 12, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. vrytix

    Yes, the Democrats won, so they can pass just about any legislation they want without Republican support.

    But, it's "moderate" Democrats, the Blue Dogs, who are dragging their feet and making a liberal health care reform plan more difficult to get through Congress.

    At the same time, it's simply a lie for the Left to claim that the Republicans don't want health care reform. There IS a Republican health care proposal.

    But, Obama has not invited Republicans to the White House to even discuss health care since April. Yet, he claims he wants a bipartisan plan.

    Finally, as for who is or isn't a liar, Obama said in his latest speech that 30 million people can't get health care insurance. Before, he repeatedly said the number was around 45 million. What accounts for the discrepancy?

    September 12, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. magella

    Roger September 12th, 2009 11:51 am ET
    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 upside down 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.
    Sorry, Roger–you're the one who can't see the obvious. Not by any measure do we have the "best healthcare in the world." People on both sides who have examined the issue–Republicans and Democrats, doctors and patients, pretty much everyone except highly compensated insurance company executives and people who can afford to pay cash for treatment at the Mayo Clinic–agree that the current system is broken. People with jobs and insurance are routinely being cut from policies or having their coverage reduced and going into bankruptcy as a result. The facts are out there–you might want to take a look at them.

    No, wait–that would require interest in understanding the problem rather than just spouting right-wing rhetoric as dictated to you by your leaders. Never mind.

    September 12, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. b in FL

    I just wish Pawlenty and these tea baggers would have been as vocal when so much money was being (& still is) thrown away in Iraq. President Obama is trying to fix the problems that have been ignored for so long & unfortunately it's going to take money to do it. If we saw these protests over the last 4 years they may be more credible! I saw a guy at the protest this morning talking about higher taxes again. I don't know where he's been or how much he makes but the middle class has gotten a tax CUT and I know I've been getting more in my paycheck. What's really up with these people??

    September 12, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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