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. Cybersport

    People who call our health care system the best in the world just don't get it. There are are a lot of people who don't have access to basic services because of cost and because insurance companies are looking for ways not to provide coverage.

    The time has come to see that all Americans have affordable access to basic health-care services.

    September 12, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. MN independent

    There no longer appears to be any difference between the mainstream Republican party and the right-wing crazies. Among many other formerly mainstream Republicans, Tim Pawlenty has joined the crazies. Reminds me very much of John McCain and how he sold out his values and character for a chance at the brass ring.

    September 12, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. ccc

    GOP is dead and i dont know why so many people want to be republican

    September 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Helen

    In my opinion the Republicans are a Cult. Yes, that is what they are. Just Google "Republican Cult" and get an eyeful. The Republicans can't get over their losing the election and they would support any illerate human who has the audacity to lie in order to put down President Obama and cause his failure. I thought John McCain was smarter than to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate. Look what it cost him. Yes, I was planning to vote for him until he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. The Republicans are nothing but a Cult, that will do anything to get power.

    September 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. jab

    for those of you who trust the government to run health care, just take a look at social security. i have been and continue to pay $600 a month out of my check and will probably never see it or the full amount. the government has been robbing that piggy bank for years and now they want us to cover the tab even further. they keep raising the retirement age so most people will not even collect what they paid in all their lives. they refuse to fix the problem and have been fighting it for years. now you want to put your very health care in these peoples hands? what happens when problems start to develop with the healthcare system run by the government? how much red tape and years will it take to fix it? at least insurance companies will be in it for the money, which means it will always be there. there are issues for sure, but the government can't run anything efficiently. most doctors do not want this plan because they will take so long to get paid. plus imagine the corruption and overbilling etc. change may be good for some things, but this is not one of them.

    September 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Marge, Texas

    It is about time the Democrats started showing some backbone. Health care is the most important problem....not only because millions of citizens are losing their insurance since the financial meltdown, but because of the $375 million the health care lobby was given to oppose health care for everyone. That is more than a million dollars a congressman if only 1/2 of the are on the "take" (535 Congressman). On top of this Rick Sanchez reported on a Republican who on an opened mike was talking about having sex with a lobbyist. How many times have we caught our politicians in lobby money and sex scandals. I believe when the lobbyists are caught having sex with polititians they are bribing....then health care lobby is defining complete amoral behavior . What is "right" about our current health care? Why are Americans letting our health care dollars being spent on bribing our politicians and paying for call girls? The corporations are not only amoral, but it is against the law in all 50 states except maybe Nevada.

    September 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. as

    EVERYONE who disagrees with Obamacare is a liar.

    September 12, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. George Washington

    Yall doing a great job serving the American People. It is great that you can work so harmoniously with the main goal in mind, that being the benefit of the americans you serve. But really you sound like twoyearolds with this whining and liar name calling.

    September 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. efree

    Rush Limbaugh is their leader. Rush hangs in the background, because he was getting too much heat. Now he pushed Psycho "Beck" out front. Glen Becks' mother and brother committed suicide. Beck is not 'acting crazy, he is crazy. Who would listen to a time bomb nut case ? Other phycho nut cases. Hey Beck, your mom is calling you. Maybe Beck will do the right thing. Mom and brother are calling. The outrage over Obama speaking to the kids was insane. Southern crackers don't want their kids getting a good education. The kids would be smarter than the parents. Southern crackers don't read, use the internet, research, make their own decisions. Bush and Beck tells them what to do. Both are addicts. Alcohol, coke, and oxycontin. They hate Obamas' skin color. The President did a smack down. You know bitter white men did not like Obama getting in their shi% the other night. Obama is too cool. Ratings up too. Thanks Wilson. hehe

    September 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Chris

    It is both funny and sad that the Right Wing blames Obama for their attacks against him and moreover dividing this country. LIke its all his fault that they are a bunch of narrow-minded, intolerant bigots! I mean the man can't even give a simple speech to children on the importance of education and hard work withouth the Right screaming "Brainwashing!" and "HItler Youth!" This is the same kind of twisted logic used by abusive husbands. After all, the wife is entirely to blame that she's getting beaten by him.

    September 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |

    Remember that this is the guy that let the senator election drag on and own. he knew franken won, but went along with coleman. he has shown his true colors. he is one of the party of no and the party of obstruction. any thing to bring obama down and they do not care if they bring america down with him. we saw that under bush who took a budget surplus and gave it to his one percent buddies. then ran up the biggest debt ever. but you did not hear one word from the republicans when that happened.

    September 12, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. mike l

    Minnesotans aren't fooled by rhetoric? Aren't they they ones who put michelle bachman into Congress and Jesse Ventura in the governor's mansion? Sounds like they are fooled a lot.

    September 12, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. James In Atlanta

    Here again we see the GOP doing all it can to keep health care reform from hapening. They resort to lies and myths to scare the people to keep things the same.

    The problem is that the USA pays more per person for health care than any other developed country but ranks 37th in the world in quality of health care provided. Solution provide a health care plan ran by the people, for the people that is not run for profit and greed. This is not socialism just good business sence.

    Health insurance companies do not provide health care; health care professionals do and they do not care who pays them just as long as they get paid for services rendered. Insurance companies make vast amounts of money by denighing services needed by patients and not paying the health care professionals in full for services rendered.

    The way I see it Insurance companies are a parasite on the health care system that remove resources that could be spent on health care instead of going to corporate officers bonuses and to pay for lavish buildings, furnishings and retreats at the expence of the nations well being.

    James In Atlanta

    September 12, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. John

    When will anyone actually have a "Health Care Debate"...? You know, the kind with truth and facts?

    All of these fake rallys against healthcare are organized and funded by GIANT INSURANCE COMPANIES who do NOTHING to help people live healthier.

    When will all the poor fools duped by these machines realize that healthcare companies, with a PURE PROFIT MOTIVE are the ones with the "DEATH PANELS". It is the insurance companies that decided who does and does not get coverage. There are a million stories, books, movies about deinied coverage, pre-existing conditions, loop-holes and other scams that led to people's unwarranted or pre-mature death. See how often that happens with For-Profit insurance companies compared to MediCare, where no one is denied.

    WAKE UP America. You are being tricked again by the robber-barons. Sadly, the people that are hard-working, middle class folks are the ones duped into attending these rallys. It would be far more honest if multi-millionaires were protesting. At least we could respect why they don't care about health-care reform and/or a benevolent government – they don't need any help. But instead, it's always the sheep-like middle class that get tricked by the big Corporations. And these same people are the ones who will get denied coverage as soon as they have a major health problem... So sad.

    Where are the Woodward's and Bernstein's of this generation to fight this fight!!!

    September 12, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Allen, GA

    The Obama Administration and the DNC tries to demonize anyone who does not agree with them and their policies. Their idea of bipartisanship is either you agree with them are one is not bipartisan. Well, I have grown more than tired of their tactics. It is time to protest and stand up against their Chicago tactics. People are being pushed to the brink. They need to know when to stop if not then from what I am watching and hearing it may radically change this country.

    September 12, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. taisha

    Listening to these republicans are like listening to a whining child. OMG can they just be quiet and listen!!! They just don't get it. No matter what Obama says they will never agree with him even when it makes sense for the country they claim they love so much. This is all about his race and if people cannot see through that they are just in denial. Get over it republicans "yes you have a black president and yes he is smarter then you"

    September 12, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. MN independent

    To Paul re former governor Jesse Ventura. A lot of folks liked Jesse Ventura. While you may not have always agreed with his position, Jesse didn't hesitate to clearly let you know where he stood and why. That was a refreshing change from politics as usual.

    September 12, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Jane/Seattle

    Fear-Anger-Attack-The Unholy Triangle of Fear leading to violence. Many of us into non-violence just see it all as Blow for Blow from the bickering pair, family, mates, country, all up to WAR. Why won't these people who lie to us daily ever come to Cooperation rather than the seeds of Hate Competition? We all know the answers. They are found in the Results and Causes.

    September 12, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Tom from Minneapolis

    Plain and simple. The GOP has become a party of crazed screaming extremist. Unreasonable and rude to even the President of the United States, it is time for a more centrist party to take their place. The GOP has become a lying spirit dividing the very soul of America. They put their worship of capitalism before the country and it's people. They have become the "Evil Empire."On the bright side, they motivated me to choose a side and fight against them. That I have done with fervor. Yell louder GOP and I'll fight against you harder and my friends and community beside me. You have forgotten the people and act without humility and repentance. You have sold your souls. The GOP doesn't even allow my 3rd District Congressman to vote his conscience. They discipline him if he does and it isn't what they want. There is a Judge and He measures the full balance scale, not just the extremist side. My advice to the Republican Congressmen of Minnesota: Form a new party, you don't want to be any part of what the GOP and the IR are doing.

    September 12, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Ryan

    Where are the honest republicans? Where are the republicans that will argue this debate on facts and figures rather than lies? I cannot believe that the republicans have become this. The vast majority of republicans care nothing about America, this is obvious. Where are the courageous republicans that will stand up and tell your party to get back to moving this country forward? Are you all sheep?

    Where are the republicans of honor?

    September 12, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Jane/Seattle

    Bravo, Ken/Arizona. Well said! Good on you. Together we all hold the parts of this puzzle of combined knowledge for the true change this world needs so much. Peace, Jane

    September 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Brian

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

    This isn't Christianity and it isn't patriotism.

    September 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. mike l

    jeff, how can you say President Obama is behaving like a spoiled child? Is he the one shouting "liar?" Is he the one making up lies about death panels and indoctrination camps? Is he the one saying "No" to everything? Is he the one calling people "communist and socialist and nazi? because he disagrees with them. The hope and change we all voted for was with the belief that the republicans would act like mature adults, not like little children who don't get their way.

    September 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Rob E. Lee- Alexandria,VA

    NO, you are wrong Demoncrats. President B.O. is a Liar.

    He wants to provide free healthcare to the illegal immigrants.

    We need new leadership in the country.

    Bravo to you Gov. Pawlenty.

    September 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. maximus

    Praise to the Republicans

    The eyes of the fools are looking upward to the sky. They see clouds, the stars, the moon, the sun, and flying birds and airplanes. They see lightening, the forming storm, the direction of the wind, the rain coming, and snow falling. There’s nothing up there to, reform, to improve, to maintain or relocate. That is why they sit on their behinds from sunrise to sunset doing nothing, feeling cozy and lazy. That is why they think the world is ok as it is; no change is needed. That is why they are called conservative; to keep things convenient to them, and that is why they get mad at those who say changes are overdue.

    Praise to the Democrats

    The eyes of the wise ones are looking downward. They see broken roads, dirty streets, flooded zones, arid lands and splitting grounds that need maintenance. They see ill, hungry, angry, homeless, and uneducated people that need assistance. They see crisis, violence, crimes, frauds, exploitation, and oppression that need extinction. They see differences, discrepancies, unfairness, and mentalities that need medication. So they see many issues with the world that need reform, improvement, maintenance, and relocation. That is why they stand on their feet from sunrise to moonset working hard, feeling worry and responsible. That’s why they think the world is not ok as it is; changes are needed

    September 12, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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