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

Candidate attacked over taxing beer and bacon

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/31/art.bachmannad.0831.youtube.jpg 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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The more Bachmann talks, the more money I send to Tarryl Clark.

    August 31, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. laurien

    I seriously don't know how Michelle Bachmann is not institutionalized in a psych ward. The woman is certifiably insane.

    August 31, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Video Guy

    I think it has something to do with mismanagement by the Governor.

    August 31, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. bobby

    so stupid!

    August 31, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Homer

    If you see a demorat, then you are looking at a tax and spend liberal. It did not use to be this way but now it is.

    August 31, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann needs to get a life and it sure isn't in politics. How about a job for Bachmann as a clown at the County Fair.

    August 31, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. lolo

    Tell me this lady is sane. She doesn't care about taking the money from her poor supportors who don't have a clue as to what she is all about. If she and her croonis had not put us in this mess we would not have to raise taxes on beer. I bet she does not even drink alcohol and has the nerve to complain. She and Ms. Palin both need to be committed to the nut house. They are using their poor constituents to get back the power for the republican party. Both are racist, yes I said it, hiding behind christianity. Karma is terrible and they will get theirs in due time. God remembers all transgressions. They are on the top of his list.

    August 31, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. ruty

    I think we should tax Bachmen every time she opens her mouth for spewing hatred. We could pay off our national debt with the money.

    August 31, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. David

    Some of these tools will try to tax anything.

    August 31, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. me

    Wow, way to protect the little piggies, Michele. Such a serious issue.
    Why don't you go on Hardball and give another enlightening interview. Show your true colors again.

    August 31, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. water bearer

    I think we should institute a "stupid tax" and Bachman should be taxed 500%!!!

    August 31, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Bachmann is a loon, plain and simple. I really can't understand how the people in MN elected her in the first place. We in NV have a similar loon, Angle, and we are not going to elect her, not even to be dog catcher. The crazy people really should be told to stay at home by voting for the other person.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 31, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    Homer August 31st, 2010 4:30 pm ET
    "If you see a demorat, then you are looking at a tax and spend liberal. It did not use to be this way but now it is."

    That's because you've been brainwashed by Fox "news" to think that anyone left of Ted Nugent is a socialist. You must be one of the not-too-bright "real Americans." Have a nice day!

    August 31, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Dave

    Homer – It may be that way now, because the Repub spend like drunken sailors for their weathy friends and place the country into massive decifits. Then the democrats come into office and have to tax to get out of the deficits. The problem with the Dems is that the also spend, they they spend on everyone, not just a select few

    August 31, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Nellie Bly

    The district in Minnesota with the highest unemployment rate also has the highest foreclosure rate. No Surprise there. It's also Michele Bachman's district. Again, no surprise there.

    August 31, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    To the dear people of Minnesota:

    Do YOU really want this hateful-vile-neurotic woman representing you?

    Bachmann is total certifiable.

    August 31, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Steve- Illinois

    "Tarryl consistently fights to hold the line on taxes for over 95 percent of Minnesotans,"

    Where do you suppose they came up with that line?
    Bachmann never had to vote on the budget, cause the Dems couldn't even come up with one!

    August 31, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Doraine Gordon

    This old crazy woman is always out stirring up trouble. She isn't helping her people. I can't see her being re-elected. She thinks she is going to be another Sarah Palin, just running around like she is someone important. She wants those big bucks like Palin is collecting. They remind me of Dumb nd Dumber!

    August 31, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    PS. Has everyone noticed the nut-cases the GOP has as candidates this year? Its scary!

    August 31, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Republican not buying it.

    Bachmann. Stupid is as stupid does.

    August 31, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. blue

    This woman is so far off that I don't believe that she could ever be sane again. She needs to be voted out of office to shut her up.

    August 31, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Reagan

    Well homer if you see a republican you see a borrow and spend conservative who now complains that the deficit he created is to big. This lady is a hate monger or mongrel would be better suited.

    August 31, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Stacey

    What a bunch of ignorant rednecks, led by Michelle Bachmann, of course!

    August 31, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Maybe the taxes were necessary because the inept governor of Minnesota, little Timmy, has driven the state to economic ruin. It is time that someone investigate Bachmann to see if she passed the 8th grade constitution test.

    August 31, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Bill in CA.

    Sounds to me like they a BOTH a couple of nut cakes...oh well, we have the same kind of clunkers out here in CA.!!!

    August 31, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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