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. PaulinABQ

    Let's try this one more time.

    Michelle Bachmann must have spent way too much time outdoors up there in the Great White North, as it's clear that her brain has frozen over.

    August 31, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. JOHN

    Since taxes are so bad, lets abolish taxes completely. The Feds will collect nothing, the state will collect nothing, local government will collect nothing. That will cause us to have a budget surplus of trillions of dollars every year. my understanding is that the less tax that we pay the better off the country will be so lets abolish taxes totally.


    August 31, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Victor Loplame

    You didn't put out the fire fast enough! Gimme back my matches!

    August 31, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. carlos

    evil woman, that covers a lot......

    August 31, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I hope Shelly eats TONS of these great foods!

    August 31, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Briana the Designer

    If Bachmann knows they don't want to hear about politics, why does she continue talking about it?

    August 31, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Alfred

    Bachmann is a lunatic.

    August 31, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    The people of her district have got to be the dumbest in the country to keep voting for her,and I thought the swedes had brains.

    August 31, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Chaos

    Well, at least the deep fried bacon crowd will die off soon.

    August 31, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Rush Goebbels

    Wheres crazy boy today?Hes not on here spewing his hate,must be on the run in Tennessee.

    August 31, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Sandy

    MN's Palin! I wouldn't be too proud of that either.

    August 31, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Tj

    She is crazy there goes her drink and the pork she always ask for.

    August 31, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Thanks Michele because there aren't nearly enough fat, drunk people in the country.

    August 31, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. YY

    I think Tarryl will be ok. Now if it was a tax on the cheese curds... different story.

    August 31, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Raising taxes is what Democrats do. As Reagan said, the philosophy seems to be "If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

    August 31, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    See illegally used the Fair trademark.

    August 31, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. harold

    Its just plain funny7.. Fraulein Bachmann.. complaining about her bacon and beer being taxed or proposed taxes.. all the while she has the guile to tell Americans all over the USA that they .. can just go to the Emergency room.. when they do not have Health Insurance....they will take care of you.. She says nothing about the cost .. the billing..or whatever.. thats your problem.. All the while she worries about her Bacon and just loves her USA government gold plated Health Insurance she has and of course lovely retirement program.. So Ms. Bachmann how about it.. what does it cost to take your advice and just take our un-insured ills to the ....... Emergency room........Huh?

    August 31, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Almost half of all Americans pay no federal income tax.

    Almost half of all Americans support the Democratic Party in "generic ballot" polls.

    I.e., people who vote Democratic are basically free-loaders who want to force total strangers to pay their bills, and justify their snivelling thievery using the ridiculous excuse that "rich" people are, ipso facto, greedy.

    Who's greedy?

    You can't get much more petty, vindictive, or grasping than a Democrat.

    August 31, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. montag

    If taxes on corn dogs, fried bacon, and beer is the main concern of Minnesotans, than they deserve Bachmann.

    Somehow, though, I think Minnesotans are much better than that.

    August 31, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Challenging Ignorance

    Taxes... how else will we pay for the unnecessary (extremely ill-advised and illegal) trillion dollar war that Bush\Chenny Co (i.e. Haliburton) started and will never be able to finish? How else will we pay for the unrestrained, reprehensable banking and market practices enabled by Bush Co?

    By the way GOP – we didn't win the #$@ war! We exited a war that will be waged for another century. Your revisionist, fantasy way to frame yourself is beyond annoying.

    And Ms Balkman is the perfect rep for you – yikes!

    August 31, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Marty, FL

    Gee, an illegal trademark infringement of the Fair logo:
    Some "lawmaker" Bachmann turned out to be....absurdity as usual.

    August 31, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    what do you expect from someone with no ideas ... a policy postion ... not in our life time with Bachman ... she lives in an unreal world ... offers nothing construcitve .... and lies to support her criticism of others ... she wants to take America back ... from who ... people who voted Republicans out of office ... and give to who ? ... Karl Rove ? ... just asking

    August 31, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. D. Bunker

    One possible explanation for the ad is that Bachmann is psychotic.

    August 31, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. LacrosseSon

    Dear voters of Minnesota:
    Don't listen to my mom, she doesn't know what she's talking about. She conveniently forgets that tax & spend democrats have controlled Congress since 2006. Come November, we're going to force these buzzards out. Maybe then my mom can spend less time on message boards and more time driving me to lacrosse practice.

    August 31, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Hugo

    We are so over regulated on everything that we do now it is beyond belief. Our local City has now come up with a tax on stormwater, that is rain...Hard to believe we are now taxed on rain... What next, air? Time for a good old fashioned voter 2012 RAT killing America, deregulate these libtard bastards out of existence! It may hurt some of the public servants for the short term, you may have to vote against your own paycheck, but for the good of our Nation and our prosperity, VOTE THEM TO HELL!

    Bachmann is an outstanding American, standing up for our civil liberties, anyone that can get under the libtards skin the way she and Palin do must be doing something right!

    August 31, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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