Top Obama adviser knocks Pawlenty
June 9th, 2011
03:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Top Obama adviser knocks Pawlenty

Washington (CNN) - Top Obama adviser David Axelrod hit Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty over his "Google Test" strategy to help the economic recovery in America, tying his economic plans to those of former President George W. Bush.

"What he should Google is 'job growth for the last decade,'" Axelrod told the Huffington Post in an article published Thursday. "What he should Google is 'what happened to income for the last decade,' when in many ways the policies that he prescribed were the governing theory."

Pawlenty outlined his plan to spur economic growth through tax reform and spending cuts during a speech Tuesday in Chicago, the site of the president's reelection campaign. His proposals included lower tax rates, a temporary spending freeze and a "Google Test" aimed at encouraging private enterprise.

"If you can find a good or service on the internet, then the federal government probably doesn't need to be doing it," Pawlenty said.

He referenced the government printing office, Amtrak and Fannie and Freddie. Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant later said he is open to ending government funding for those programs.

Axelrod, who stepped down as White House senior adviser earlier this year to reprise his role as chief strategist and top political adviser for the 2012 reelection campaign, also used the test to jab Pawlenty's record as governor of Minnesota.

"Then he should also Google 'budget deficits in the state of Minnesota.' And what he'll find is, when he left, he left a projected deficit of $6.2 billion, which doesn't exactly qualify him as an expert on fiscal responsibility," Axelrod said.

Team Pawlenty pushed back Thursday against those critical of the governor's record, which he continually touts in campaign stops. In response to Axelrod's comments, Pawlenty's spokesman knocked Obama's record.

"President Obama's team is content with anemic growth and trillion dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see," Conant told CNN. "Frankly, we're not going to be lectured by somebody who helped rack up trillions in new debt and accepts pathetic economic growth as the best America can do."

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
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  1. LegendRx

    That did it . . . it's on now (as I recline in my easy chair eating pop corn)

    June 9, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Democrat Swamp Inspector - Help Wanted, Now Hiring, Overtime Possibilities

    Since Axelrod and Obama can't point to any success whatsover they throw these lies out to deflect from their abysmal failure. George Bush presided over 52 straight months of job growth and low unemployment. Google THAT libtards.

    June 9, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. ja

    folk like tim was mute while bush was in office so tim stfu, you watch two wars start, one on a lie, you watch a budget surplus be flush down the toilet, all of the enlighten go back into your holes

    June 9, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Google this. " Pawlenty Deficit Minnesota "

    June 9, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Tim Pawlenty looking for VP

    He knew that he can’t win the primary

    June 9, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    I have to give Axlerod credit: that pic above shows that he has the most fantastic, world-class speaking fist form in the planet. Not even Obama can pull a speaking fist that glorious. Shines like the sun it does.

    June 9, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Bill

    @ Democrat Swamp Inspector

    That 52 Straight Months of job growth and low unemployment you're talking about? It's called a bubble. And it popped. Idiot.

    June 9, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    I goolged private investigators so no FBI, security guards, no police, no secret service, private security force, no more military, private tutors, no more public school teachers, private schools, no more public schools, private health care providers, no more Medicare, shall I continue? This is the lamest thing he has said yet and that's saying something.

    June 9, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    Ax, it is the GOP and tea bagging crowd, they only think in black and white, NO gray, ok?

    Simple minds need simple explanations.

    June 9, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Intruth23

    Only a fool would vote back in a republican. The last economic disaster which was the worst since the great depression cause by republicans (Google what most econimist say) will be a cake walk compared to the next one that hits. If republicans have their way they will institute the same policies that created the last bust! Only this time we will go over the cliff and there will be NO recovery. At least under Obama and Dems we have chance at recover even if it is slow and unveven. if they are not weak and give in to republican demands.

    June 9, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Look at Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and other Republican governors around the country, they lied to the people to get elected and now they are punishing the same people who put them there. REPLUBLICANS ARE LIARS.

    June 9, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    I did google "job growth 2000-2010" and per the Washington Post:

    "Job growth was essentially zero, as modest job creation from 2003 to 2007 wasn't enough to make up for two recessions in the decade."

    If this isn't proof enough that the Republican's economic policies are PROVEN FAILURES, then I don't know what is.

    June 9, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Michael

    Pawlenty says A Lot of Stupid Things But When He Says President Obama is Champion Of "Class Warfare"
    I Say this:

    His Party (GOP) Was Responsible For More Jobs Being Outsourced (During the Bush Administration) than Any Time In History ! ! !

    Hence, Now NO or Very Tiny Middle Class Is Left and ITs Getting Smaller By The Minute.

    Now Because of His Party, The Rich are Even More Hated By The Poor And Poor Are Even More Hated By The Rich ! ! ! (Now THATS CLASS WARFARE).

    Xhanks Republicans ! ! !

    And Especially You, Pawlenty For Trying To Keep This Nasty Social Issue (Of Your Own Parties Making) So Much On The Down Low.

    Dont Believe Me ???

    Let me Tell You How this Did Happen During the Bush Years: Bush the great Decider and the Republicans squandered A large part of this countries wealth with:

    1) His war that cost a trillion dollars (Iraq) Looking for WMD that was based on the Scantiest of Hersey Evidence that Just added to Our Debt.

    2) His prescription benefits that He said we could afford but really Couldn't Just added to the Debt

    3) His tax cuts for the rich that He Said we could afford but really Couldn't Just Added to the Debt (
    4) HIs Letting 2/3 of largest corporations that make 10s to 100s of Billions pay no taxes thru outsourcing &there be no Consequences for the Country(No just bigest economic Collapse since the Great Depression

    Why wer'ent the Republican screaming Bloody Murder when Bush was layng the seeds to Trillions of

    Dollars of budget deficits? Remember Cheney "Deficits dont matter" (Lie)

    I'll Tell You Why??? Because Republicans Only Care about their Greedy selves & to hell with everyone else! ! !

    And how will we pay for this now? With YOUR social security \ medicare money, of course!

    And huge national debts for our children and grand children as for as the eyes can see.

    Wake up've been had!

    The Great Decider Decided all right. He decided to scr@w us and this country !!!

    Keep electing Repuglicans into the White house and you will get the same results !

    June 9, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs Have Declared Class War on America!

    DSI, you need to turn of Fakes News and get your facts straight. Bush led perhaps the most anemic recovery in the history of America. You can cherrypick facts all you want (just like the rest of the Right Wing Noise Machine), but the big picture is quite simple: Bush and the Greedy Old Pigs raped America financially and, as sane people understand, it is extremely difficult to repair the damage they did. Especially when (a) they (and their apologists like you) deny they did any harm and (b) they refuse to assist in remedying the harm they swear didn't occur.

    June 9, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Don't vote by party line affiliations.

    I am very, very optimistic. I see a world where every human adds to the ecological well being of the planet rather than taking away from it. Where economies are based on partnership, all contribute and no one gets left behind because we all realize that no one succeeds unless we all do...

    June 9, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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