Bachmann turns the tables on Pawlenty

posted at 11:20 am on July 25, 2011 by Tina Korbe

After weeks on the receiving end of a fellow candidate’s criticisms, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) yesterday turned the tables with the release of an e-mail comparing former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s record to that of President Barack Obama.

Bachmann’s press secretary yesterday evening sent out the following statement by e-mail blast:

Governor Pawlenty would have us believe that there is ‘very little difference’ between his positions and those of Michele Bachmann.

But in fact, there is very little difference between Governor Pawlenty’s past positions and Barack Obama’s positions on several critical issues facing Americans. On issues such as unconstitutional healthcare mandates, climate change regulations, and Wall Street bailouts, there’s very little daylight, indeed, between Governor Pawlenty’s record and the Obama administration’s policies.

And of course, President Obama would surely applaud Governor Pawlenty’s 2006 statement that the ‘era of small government is over,’ and that the government will have to be ‘more proactive and more aggressive.’

Governor Pawlenty has changed his positions in recent years, but he can’t run from his big government record as governor of Minnesota that left the state’s budget in a multi-billion dollar mess. That’s not executive experience we need.

As Michele Bachmann said earlier today, she ‘has a lifetime record of success and action in the real world. Real-world actions speak louder than his words as a career politician.’ And so the more Republican voters examine Michele Bachmann’s record and Governor Pawlenty’s record, the more they will see that there is a world of difference between the two.

Pawlenty spent the last week traveling through Iowa, attempting to make the case that Bachmann’s lack of executive experience resembles the record Obama brought to the presidency. His campaign chief Nick Ayers summed up the Pawlenty line of attack in an e-mail yesterday, writing:

I spent the week on the road with the Governor and Mrs. Pawlenty. We traveled nearly 700 miles through Iowa, stopped in 18 counties, slept in five different hotels, visited four Subway sandwich shops, and ended the week with one game of pick-up hockey in Des Moines (T.Paw even scored!). No matter where we went, Iowans were interested to learn about Governor Pawlenty’s values, experience, and vision for our country. It was clear his authenticity resonated with them. He successfully made the case, that in 2008, voters elected a member of Congress with no executive experience. We can’t afford the cost of inexperience any longer, and Iowans get are getting that.

But when Bachmann first fought back on the experience issue, the Pawlenty campaign responded by arguing no difference exists between Bachmann’s opinions and Pawlenty’s. On the surface, the strategy to isolate experience as the only difference between them was sound — but Bachmann refused to cooperate. The statement she released today should give Pawlenty pause. Does he really still want to fight this fight?

None of this helps the GOP, in general. It just makes both Bachmann and Pawlenty look petty and, should either of them end up the GOP nominee (admittedly, an unlikely proposition), gives the Obama campaign ammunition against them (“Why not pick the real deal? I’m not just like me … I am me.”). Most importantly, it distracts from the issues. Bachmann’s response outshines Pawlenty’s attack for the simple reason that it does bring the squabbling back to more solid footing. Where do the candidates stand with respect to unconstitutional health care mandates, climate change regulations and Wall Street bailouts? The candidates need to keep hammering the issues home.

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So I guess Michele and little Timmy went to the John McCain school of campaigning…

… All that is missing is “My friends…” and “I have deep respect for the President…”

Meanwhile, the jackalope in the White House continues his day to day assault on the United States of America…

… but we can’t campaign on THAT now, can we?

Seven Percent Solution on July 25, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Bachmann supporters are thin-skinned. Bachmann can take care of herself. Politics ain’t beanbag, folks. Plus I have it on good authority that comparing Bachmann to Obama in any fashion whatsoever is a smear. I’m going to go off in a huff about Bachmann “smearing” Pawlenty with this comparison.

**huff**

Ok, I’m back. Buckle up, kids, this is just the beginning. But its clear neither one of these two bozos can or will beat Romney. We need another option or we’ll be stuck with Mr. Goodhair.

alwaysfiredup on July 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

While Bachmann and Pawlenty fight like little children, Mitt Romney continues to go after Obama.

Who is the adult among the GOP 2012 candidates? Hmmm….

Conservative Samizdat on July 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Mitt go after Obama??…seriously?
Example/links please.

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM

None of this helps the GOP, in general. It just makes both Bachmann and Pawlenty look petty and, should either of them end up the GOP nominee (admittedly, an unlikely proposition), gives the Obama campaign ammunition against them (“Why not pick the real deal? I’m not just like me … … I am me.”).

totally disagree; Obama has a record now, does he really want to run on the “pick the real deal”. besides why not hit a sneaky little t-paw right back with facts to show what he truly is “R. I. N. O”..

conservatives, even the so-called ones they need to hit lies, half-trues, and bloviations with facts, facts, facts.. go to cnn, msnbc, cbs, nbc, abc, and the xyz’s and expound facts without giving any ground.

BLKandPRD on July 25, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Bachmann’s response outshines Pawlenty’s attack for the simple reason that it does bring the squabbling back to more solid footing.

OK, you’re obviously a Bachmann cheerleader; you’ve made that clear in every Bachmann post, Tina. There is no such “outshining” here.

Where do the candidates stand with respect to unconstitutional health care mandates, climate change regulations and Wall Street bailouts?

They’re both very similar. The difference is T-Paw’s impressive executive experience.

itsnotaboutme on July 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Mitt Romney continues to go after Obama.

Conservative Samizdat on July 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

As does T-Paw. A glimpse at the dozens of videos on his site & his YouTube channel will prove that.

itsnotaboutme on July 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM

It just makes both Bachmann and Pawlenty look petty

I don’t think it makes Bachmann look petty. pawlenty has taken several shots at Bachmann with little response back. She’s put him and his most recent politically opportunistic flip flops in his place.

I want someone to ask him about the spread of islam in minnesota, about islamic charter schools, airport footbaths and the flow of jihadists from minnesota to the middle east.

peacenprosperity on July 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

What “real world actions”? Speechifying is NOT action and that’s all Bachmann has to offer.

No more interns in the Oval Office. (pun not intended)

Common Sense on July 25, 2011 at 6:04 PM

They should be criticizing each other. They should be going at it hammer and tongs. That’s what the process is about, vetting our candidates, exposing their weaknesses and seeing how they mitigate them.

MJBrutus on July 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Getting real ugly early on.
Just wait until winter…

OmahaConservative on July 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Makes Palin and Perry look like political geniuses don’t it?

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

This.

Why waste time and energy when your opponents will implode on their own?

kim roy on July 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Getting real ugly early on.
Just wait until winter…

OmahaConservative on July 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Makes Palin and Perry look like political geniuses don’t it?

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

One more time: This.

Why waste time and energy when your opponents will implode on their own?

Place needs an edit button as sometimes preview is useless.

kim roy on July 25, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Ok, I’m back. Buckle up, kids, this is just the beginning. But its clear neither one of these two bozos can or will beat Romney. We need another option or we’ll be stuck with Mr. Goodhair.

alwaysfiredup on July 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Say, that reminds me…where is Mr. Plastic these days as the world is coming to a financial Armageddon?

One might argue that he is a…dare I say it…quitter!

Don L on July 26, 2011 at 7:53 AM

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