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Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (AP Photos) Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (AP Photos)  

Shots fired: Bachmann hits fellow Minnesotan Pawlenty

Prospective Republican presidential candidate Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked former Minnesota governor and current presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, on The Laura Ingraham radio show Thursday, for his past “openness” to mandatory health insurance.

“I believe we should move toward universal coverage, everybody should be in a health plan of some sort,” Pawlenty said in 2006 at a Health Reform Summit along side newly announced presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “We have been studying very diligently the Massachusetts model and I am grateful for our friend from Massachusetts here, Governor Romney was an outstanding governor.”

Pawlenty is opposed to Obamacare. Nevertheless, Bachmann told Ingraham it is important to remember how candidates have positioned themselves through the years.

“I think that is why it is so important when people are looking at the candidates, they have got to know who we have been throughout our lives and our voting history,” Bachmann said. “I have worked tirelessly here in Washington to oppose Obamacare and I have made it known publicly that I will not rest until we repeal this bill.”

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Bachmann added that whoever succeeds Obama will need to fight both Republicans and Democrats to get the health care law repealed.

“One problem that the next president will have – and if I throw my name in, and if I become the next President of the United States – I will have to fight Republicans as well as Democrats in order to repeal Obamacare because a lot of people are listening to some special interest groups, insurance companies and other ones, who actually want the govt take over of health care,” she said. “So we are going to have to fight Republicans, special interests, and Democrats. It’s going to take all of us coming together. But I truly believe we can repeal Obamacare and I believe we will.”

According to Bachmann, Pawlenty’s past support of the universal mandate “will trouble the voters.”

Ingraham noted that people’s opinions over the years changed, recalling Reagan’s shift from pro-choice to pro-life.

Bachmann said it is more important that people have the right opinion from the outset.

“We need people who have enough foresight and common sense to know theses programs are not going to work,” she said. “I’m that kind of person I know enough I’ve opposed these programs because I can see where they are going to take the country. Lets not make these mistakes in the first place we don’t have time to do that.”

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  • Maudie in Mandeville

    She’s got my vote

  • otisgaines

    Currently, the cost of health care is rising at a much higher rate than inflation. Even if we were to implement your beloved single payer, at a certain point we can not afford to pay for every new treatment and technology that comes along if we want to have any semblance of an economy. If you dont have insurance you should check out “Penny Health Insurance” for information on how to get one.

  • whynot

    ‘…if I become the next President of the United States…’

    Please tell me why anyone on either side of the aisle would listen to what Michele Bachmann has to say on anything?

    • RoadtoFREEDOM

      Let’s not… do your own research and explain why no one should listen to her, which is your implied position.

      • whynot

        No, not implied, expressed.

        I cannot type 300 wpm so why don’t you just google ‘Bachmann quotes’ and just peruse the pearls of wisdom of the Congresswoman. This woman will be a true non-entity in the nominating process and well she should. Oh, she’ll give a rousing speech to get the natives going but she will have no political leverage. How can she? She’s not going to do anything in the primaries.

        I mean, you really have to ask?

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  • Realist4U

    I would vote for Laura for President, if she had only run….

  • StevenErtelt

    Some real facts here:

    Governor Pawlenty has always rejected the individual mandate http://bit.ly/jJasU6

    Pawlenty rejected Obamacare http://bit.ly/fVMRIn and advocate market reforms: http://bit.ly/jtfqBV

    Governor Pawlenty on the right way to do health care http://wapo.st/bmD1wK

  • Hank Kruse

    Michele Bachman has her own issues. She supported Ryan’s budget but backed off Medicare reform when she was pressed that seniors would pay more. She is not a serious candidate and her former chief-of-staff is supporting Tim Pawlenty

  • HamiltonJeffersonian

    “I believe we should move toward universal coverage, everybody should be in a health plan of some sort,” Pawlenty said in 2006

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    Wow, God forbid that should actually happen.

    • Hallmonitor

      Why can’t anybody on the left read THE WHOLE F(CK(NG THING??!!

      “”a worthy goal and one that we’re intrigued by and I think at least open to,” but suggested that the central health care problem was not forcing people to buy insurance but helping them afford it.”

      • GeniousIQ

        First, if I’m on the left then you’re insane. Second, if seeking universal coverage is wrong, you’re insane.

        • RoadtoFREEDOM

          Genious, your identity crisis springs from calling for universal coverage and then saying your not politically left. Unless of course, you advocate that universal coverage be achieved through the free market… which you aren’t.

          • jjsmithers

            Now, this is interesting.

            Genius (with an “o”) says that if he is on the left, you are the one who is insane.

            Then he says that if you think universal coverage is wrong (It is, unless everybody pays their own way), then you, again, are the one who is insane.

            He can’t spell genius, he doesn’t know whether he is a lefty or not, and he wants to take from the productive to give to the unproductive. Yet, you are the one who is insane.

            That’s how it works in the land of the Genius(With an “O”)IQ.

          • GeniousIQ

            jjsmithers

            Now, this is interesting.

            Genius (with an “o”) says that if he is on the left, you are the one who is insane.

            Then he says that if you think universal coverage is wrong (It is, unless everybody pays their own way), then you, again, are the one who is insane.

            He can’t spell genius, he doesn’t know whether he is a lefty or not, and he wants to take from the productive to give to the unproductive. Yet, you are the one who is insane.

            That’s how it works in the land of the Genius(With an “O”)IQ.
            —————-

            And apparently you can’t spell sarcasm.