Pawlenty hits Bachmann over ‘non-existent’ record
July 10th, 2011
01:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty hits Bachmann over ‘non-existent’ record

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty went after fellow Minnesotan and White House hopeful Michele Bachmann over what he called her “non-existent” Congressional record Sunday.

In his sharpest comments to date, Pawlenty said his history as governor of Minnesota makes him more qualified than the congresswoman to be president.

“I like Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve campaigned for her. I respect her, but her record of accomplishment in Congress is non-existent,” Pawlenty said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Although the two-term former governor has contrasted their records before, this was his most direct shot at Bachmann.

“We’re not looking for folks who just have speech capabilities,” Pawlenty said. “We’re looking for who can lead a large enterprise in a public setting and drive it to conclusion. I have done that; she hasn’t.”

Bachmann responded to the comments Sunday, saying the 2012 election should focus on the future of the U.S. "instead of negativity."

"I want to focus on my accomplishments," Bachmann said in a statement. "People can count on me as a fighter; I am proud of my record of fighting with resolve, and without apology, for our free markets, for sane fiscal policies, and in opposition to the advancement of the big government left."

Pawlenty has painted himself as the serious, results-oriented candidate, even adopting the campaign slogan “results, not rhetoric.”

But he recognized his campaign needs to show “significant progress” in the next 60 days, especially given his low standing in polls of Iowa voters.

“I’m confident in the Iowa straw poll that we will” demonstrate improvement, Pawlenty said of the high stakes survey of potential 2012 candidates. “As my record in Minnesota gets out, I think we’ll have a campaign that’s going to be prevailing not just in the straw poll, but in the Iowa caucuses and beyond.”

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. BENJI

    He should also add she is nuts and would set back the US years with her racist, nutty views.

    July 10, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Bob

    But Bachmann beats DULLenty in charisma which you need for people to like you..

    July 10, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. I was fooled by Republican's in 2010 , I will never vote for the lying weasels again !

    Good ! Now after he finishes his attack on her , he can then start blasting his own awful record ! They are both a joke and they are wasting their time !

    July 10, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. JohnRJohnson

    Michele Bachmann is impervious to these kinds of political attacks. People aren't supporting her because of her experience or record of performance in Congress. They're supporting her because she's a homophobic creationist who hates Barack Obama. That's her platform. Pawlenty just makes himself look even more stupid when he goes after her politics.

    July 10, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. normajean

    The office of president does not benefit if the winning candidate has only a "gift of gab " and is very good looking.. It helps,, but what is needed is education, background in serving the public, prerferably in a political office,basic knowledge of history and a solid knowledge of the countrys problems.We also have a lack of need for made up comments on every subject as if they were true. ..So far the Republican line up is sadly lacking in many of these qualifications.There is a lot of hot air being displayed , a lot of promises that would not be kept and a lot of maneuvers to show up after the election to the detriment of the nation ,not unlike what some of the newly elected governors have pulled on their respective states. THESE WE CAN NOT AFFORD!!! This is a call for all voters to take the time to KNOW for whom they are voting. The information is out there.! You MUST take the time to study it !!!! Your family is depending on you to do the right thing!!!!!

    July 10, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Andy

    Great. 2 idiots calling each other incapable of leading the US. Knew that before I read this article. Why is this news?

    July 10, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. jimatmadison

    "I don't think any governor has left behind a worse financial mess than he has," former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson (R) said of fellow former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).

    Hey, Pawlenty said he had a record. Turns out it was a really, really, really bad record. But it's a record.

    July 10, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These Republicans are a "hot mess", to say Bachmann's record is non-existent is a deep contrast to 1/2 term and uneducated Palin whom they felt was qualified to be VP. I'm just saying.

    July 10, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. grinninglibber

    You are looking at the next dropout

    July 10, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Richard T.

    They are both blind to their own out=of=reality ambitions and self promoting lies.

    July 10, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. fofo

    I love it when two idiots call each other idiot.

    July 10, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. c.lamb

    want to know about the july issue of rolling stone...interesting...

    July 10, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    The Pawlenty v. Bachmann dustup is only an opening act. The real battle royal will be Palin v. Bachmann. These two ladies have the fiery rhetoric to match their personalities.

    July 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. James

    So.....if u campaign 4 her, then back track, what does that make u????? u must have lied to us about her qualifications in the past, how do we know ur not lying about urs now???

    July 10, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. tony

    You don't need any qualifications or experience to take on the job of bankrupting America twice in 16 years and re-introducing slavery for women and the 80% of the population who need a credit card.

    July 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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