August 31st, 2010
04:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Candidate attacked over taxing beer and bacon

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Rep. Michele Bachmann is out with a new ad on Tuesday criticizing her opponent for a vote to tax beer and bacon."](CNN) - Talk about playing to the audience.

A new television commercial in Minnesota from Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann's campaign targets her Democratic challenger for voting to raise taxes on corn dogs, deep fried bacon and beer, popular cuisine at just about any state fair in the Midwest. The ad's release comes as many in the state are paying a visit to the annual Minnesota State Fair, which this year kicked off on August 26 and runs through Labor Day (September 6).

"It's state fair time and you don't want to hear about politics," says a character in the ad named Jim the Election Guy. "But while you're at the fair, you should know that Tarryl Clark here voted to raise taxes on your corn dog, and your deep fried bacon, and your beer. So if you see Tarryl Clark, while you're at the fair, just ask her: What's up with voting to tax my beer?"

Clark is the Minnesota state senator who won the Democratic nomination in the state's sixth congressional district. Her campaign fired back at Bachmann.

"With no record of accomplishment to run on, Michele Bachmann is back on the air with yet another attack ad," said Clark campaign manager Zach Rodvold in a statement. "Contrary to Bachmann's claims – Tarryl consistently fights to hold the line on taxes for over 95 percent of Minnesotans, and voted for deep cuts to the state budget totaling 10 percent in the last two years alone. Unlike Michele Bachmann, Tarryl voted for balanced budgets each of the last four years."

The commercial is the second of the general election campaign from Bachmann, a two term congresswoman who is a favorite of many conservatives and Tea Party activists.

"This is an example of all politics is local, and it does not get anymore local than a corn dog and beer tax," says Evan Tracey, CMAG President and CNN's consultant on political TV ad spending.

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Filed under: 2010 • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Jeff Wilson's War

    "Don't Tax My Deep-Fried Bacon" pretty neatly sums up the profound idiocy of the Tea Party movement in America.

    August 31, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. Shelly

    How dare they tax corn dogs, bacon and beer?
    Of course, Americans are not going to die prematurely from terrorism but we are going to die sooner from the terrible food we eat. And so let us all give many thanks to Michelle Bachmann in accelerating the decline of our health and increasing our stupidity rapidly.

    August 31, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Louisiana Man

    Reminder to everyone who do not belong in the top 2% of the income bracket-

    You did not get a tax break for the past ten yrs-

    But Bachmann, Limpboy, Beck, Hannity, Orielly, CEO's, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, bank execs, wealthy business men, Rockerfellas, and so on-

    And surprise, they want this blasphemy continued!!!

    Never mind that it added gazillions to our budget and hang the rest of us who pay a DISPROPORTIONATE more in taxes than these wealthy stalwarts of society do.

    Plus they get a tax break on their dividends from the stock market -not to mention the existing loopholes their buddies in congress have secured for them in the past.

    August 31, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Peter E

    Ironic... considering that excise taxes on alcohol were historically initiated by republicans.

    August 31, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Here are some of the things taxes pay for: military, fire department, police, public roads, clean water, emergency health care, medicare, social security, just to name a few. The military, medicare, social security, and the interest on the national debt together make up over 90% of the regular federal budget. (or so it was until Bush Jr. had the bright idea to bail out corrupt banks)

    But I'm sure a privatized, for-profit military, or fire department, or police would do a much better job. I'm sure we would be much better off if our safety was dependent upon how much profit a private corporation can make on us. Oh, and I'm sure we'd be better off with toll-roads everywhere instead of public roads.

    Oh, and one more thing taxes pay for: cleaning up the mess made by drunk drivers!

    August 31, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Peter s

    When this woman was an attorney she was for tax before she was against it!! she represented both sides thats how hypocritical she can be!! she is a hyena in sheep skin!!!!

    August 31, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. JonDie

    "Foods" that contribute to our soaring health care costs SHOULD be taxed.

    August 31, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. JR

    Yep state fair time in Minnesota and Bachmann the huckster is starting her freak side show.

    August 31, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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