August 31st, 2010
04:16 PM ET
11 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. Buster

    The tax is just another way to pay for the ONE IN SIX PEOPLE ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE.

    August 31, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. rjolay

    Hey Minnesota... does having Michele Bachmann as your rep make you proud, or is she an embarassment? Its your rep, so the rest of us can butt out.. right? By the way, would you be proud if she were to give a speech , lets say, about cooling down the negative rhetoric in this country, or what average workers should do for healthcare? Are we really all in this together?

    August 31, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. michaelam

    Please give some serious thought before you vote this November and remember which party nearly drove our country over a cliff. Remember which party possesses three of the craziest women on the planet...Pailin, Bachmann, and Foxx...

    Republicans=deregulation=collapsed economy
    Republicans=outsourced jobs=high unemployment
    Republicans=wars=numerous body bags=orphaned children
    Republicans=deregulation=salmonella tainted eggs
    Republicans=deregulation=massive oil spill=worst environmental disaster ever
    Republicans=deregulation=mine explosion=more body bags
    Republicans +Tea Potty=Theocracy
    Republicans +Tea Potty +Theocracy=disaster, ruin, and third world status!

    A vote for any and all Republicans/Tea Potty is the quickest trip back to the Dark Ages!

    August 31, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What's up with voting to tax my beer?"


    It's simple:

    The Democrats want you to make SOBER decisions.

    The Rethuglikkklans want to keep you DRUNK, FAT, and STUPID.

    Your choice Minnesota.

    August 31, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Jason

    For a state where 25.5% of the population is obese (then again that seems to be the average for the country), it's probably for the best.

    August 31, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Kevin

    I certainly hope Minnesotans are smart enough to realize Bachman is notorious for twisting realty into delicious State Fair pretzels. Just like Joe the plumber's story wasn't the truth in 2008 either.

    August 31, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Liberals are poison

    Dear libbies,
    You can run but you can't hide. Exposing your tax, spend, and borrow philosophy has you scurrying like roaches in the daylight. The $15 per week tax cut to 95% of Americans just isn't cutting it since 47% of you slugs don't even pay ANY income taxes. The top 5% of American taxpayers covers 95% of all tax revenues. Your meal ticket
    just got revoked. Maybe you can get a "real" job and get off the government's dole. Call Michele Bachmann anything you want; at least she was a successful tax attorney before she got involved with politics. Oh and BTW, she has raised 5 children without a government welfare check or food stamps. Can't say the same for the
    same libturds that post on CNN.

    August 31, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Man, the shear volume of stupid Bachman produces every time she opens her mouth is truly truly amazing. She's like a nutjobbery faucet with the spigot broken.

    August 31, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Bob

    Great ad! The government shouldn't be taxing to try and change social behavior! Personal responsibility should be involved, not the government!

    August 31, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    This coming from someone who probably doesn't it. It's like the movie Alien anything bimbo #2 might eat will come out through her chest.
    Really, is this the best she can come up with against her opponent. Maybe asking her why she wants the teabaggers the start a revolution might begin some communication from this bimbo.

    August 31, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. stejo

    Why is that "Liberals are poison" person so mean?

    August 31, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Jay

    The Clark folks should create an ad that shows all the wealthy friends of Bachmann enjoying the free money they got from Pawlenty and other GOP groups, when they cut their taxes- hoping that they would create jobs for many– The only jobs they created are for people not in this country and they enjoyed the cash they recived from those tax cuts.

    GOP stands for Get on People who does not have frineds in the high places.

    August 31, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Bob

    Half of Americans are supporting the other half who don't pay federal income taxes. Instead of cutting spending and getting these social welfare programs under control, the liberals want to tax every thing they can. One in six Americans is receiving government assistance. They'll tax vices first and say it's for the public good. What gives the feds the right to try and tell us what's best?!

    August 31, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. malabar

    judging frm the comments on here, i'd say michele hit that 1 out of the park 😉 it never ceases to amaze me how hateful and prejudiced the left is. bunch of raging misogynysts in full display. hate on, plz. shine a light on all ur darkness 4 every1 to see. cada cabeza es un mundo. ur world must b ugly as hell

    August 31, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Oh and BTW, she has raised 5 children without a government welfare check or food stamps."

    I'm pretty sure that receiving a government paycheck for being elected to Congress, never doing anything of any worthwhile importance, obstructing everything you possibly can while your party is not in power and generating mountains of fearmongering, misnformation campaign demagoguery...I'm pretty sure that's just about the equivalent of getting welfare.

    BTW, you do realize that 61% of social assistance reicipients are white, tha vast majority of whom are in rural areas in red states, don't you? Yeah, guess which party-line they toe like good little tribesmen?

    August 31, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    Buster August 31st, 2010 4:58 pm ET
    "The tax is just another way to pay for the ONE IN SIX PEOPLE ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE."

    Yeah, every single one of them is a lazy freeloader, right? And there's a great job out there waiting for them if they'd just put down the cheetos and get off the couch? Man, you neoclowns just don't get it, do you? Have a nice day!

    August 31, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    Bob August 31st, 2010 5:17 pm ET
    "Half of Americans are supporting the other half who don't pay federal income taxes...."

    Yeah, darn those lazy investment bankers, they need to get a real job. Have a nice day!

    August 31, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ "Liberals are poison" well, pal, you need to look at Reagan, Bush I & Bush II when it comes to ...........spending! These 3 stooges TRIPLED the U.S. deficit.......... but I did not hear any Con, complaining!

    BTW Bush borrowed trillions from China to start the Bush Wars, how come y'all did not complain about Bush?

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    August 31, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. gt

    that add will hit home....

    August 31, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. PaulinABQ

    "..too much time outdoors..."

    Sorry 'bout that...

    August 31, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. LimbaughPalinBeckism Ideology Honor God Be AntiGoverment Radical


    U think a Tea-Party Republiklan doesnt want to TAX?...yeah, you must be at the critical stage of dementia believing this LimbaughPalinBeckism ideology!

    Ok buddy, Tea-Party Republiklans are only GOOD for spending, not TAXING........spend trillions of dollars for 2 unjust wars, spend trillions more to Halliburton to rebuild Iraq, spend another trillion for tax cuts for the wealthy, spend many more trillions to bail out the corporate fat cats in WALL ST (yep, GW Dubya did it!); spend another trillion giving free IRS checks to Tax payers (yep, GW Dubya did it in 07'/08'!)....yep, let's spend...NO PAYBACK, NO TAXES, NO GOVT, NO SOCIAL SECURITY, NO DEPT. OF EDUCATION, NO ENERGY, NO HIGWAYS, NO AIRPORTS, NO NOTHING....JUST MAKE AMERICA ANOTHER AFGHANISTAN OR SOMALIA!!!

    August 31, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "The top 5% of American taxpayers covers 95% of all tax revenues."

    I guess they don't teach math skills where you come from. When 5% are earning billions upon billions while the rest of the people are earnign diddley and average middle-class salaries remain the same for several decades (which they have), then that's how the math works, genius. Just some rough math to illustrate how this happens, so you can stop relying on your nonsensical misinterpretation of the raw numbers:

    Take 100 people. 1 person (1%) earns $10,000,000 and gets taxed at 40% = $4,000,000 in taxes.

    The other 99 people earn an average middle-class salary of $35,000 ($3,465,000) and get taxed at 35% = $1,212,750 in taxes.

    Total taxes – $5,212,750 of which 1% paid 77%. See how easy it is for the percentages to become skewed towards the rich 1%?

    Now, inflate all that to consider that there are people in this country making BILLIONS. And, for kicks, start figuring in that the EFFECTIVE TAX RATE paid by billionaires is frequently LOWER than the effective tax rate paid by middle-classers due to all the was in which they can get deductions and shelter their income.

    August 31, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Big Mig

    Man, I'm from California. Deep fat fried bacon? What the heck is that?

    August 31, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Ponder this.,....

    There's crazy running rampant,
    and wild across the land.
    The teapots are a-brewing
    with Brewer's desert sand.

    It's not as if the cause is new
    or was never on the mind.
    It's just, there's this black President
    you know, "he's not our kind".

    "We need to keep our country pure",
    to quote the "patriots".
    "Let's keep them out", "Let's boot them out",
    for we're the "hatriots".

    The President has borne the blame
    for each and every play,
    -from Wall Street to the Health Care Plan,
    while the others, just say "Nay".

    They've stirred the pot, and riled the base,
    with outrageous, outright lies,
    And now, they seem to glory in
    success that hatred buys.

    But, listen closely, through the noise,
    and hear the sound of good.
    So, Dems, hold strong and keep the faith
    and rally as you should.

    November's wind can bring the change
    we know will be hard-fought.
    And sanity will show again,
    that elections can't be bought.

    No matter how the right will wail,
    of this, and that, and other
    Remember well that Hope and Change
    depends on one another.

    August 31, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. steven harnack

    Ask Bachmann about the quarter of a million dollar her family gets in government subsidies each year for growing nothing. That's not welfare is it? No , it's outright theft. Farm subsidies for millionaire farmers , enacted by millionaire congressmen.

    August 31, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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