Tim Pawlenty: Bachmann hasn’t accomplished much in Congress

Tim Pawlenty jabbed fellow Minnesota Republican and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann for having a light record of accomplishment in Congress.

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

He continued: “We’re not looking for folks who just have a speech capability.”

In an interview with The Daily Caller afterward, Pawlenty elaborated on his critiques.

“I think it’s self-explanatory,” he said. “Everybody brings strengths to the table. My strength is I’ve had executive leadership with accomplishments and results as it relates to cutting taxes or reducing spending … as it relates to Congresswoman Bachmann’s record in Congress, the same can’t be said.”

“I’m not running for comedian chief, I’m not running for entertainer in chief,” he told “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory.

(Pawlenty: I’m a lover and fighter)

“I’ve got the record of toughness better than anyone else in this race,” Pawlenty said. “My goodness. I was the first governor in Minnesota’s history to shut down the government. I set a record for vetoes. I took more money out of the budget using executive authority than all the governors combines in my state.”

Pawlenty acknowledged he has to do well at the Ames Straw Poll next month in Iowa, but downplayed just how well he has to do.

“We need to show improvement,” Pawlenty told TheDC. “We’re in sixth place in the Des Moines Register poll, so we need to show improvement as we come to the straw poll and I’m confident we will.”

UPDATE: Bachmann responds, citing her outspoken opposition to cap-and-trade, bailouts and Obamacare as accomplishments.

“This is an election about the future of our nation — one where voters will have to decide who is best equipped to lead our nation by looking at our records, as well as our vision for the nation,” she said. “Instead of negativity, I want to focus on my accomplishments.”

  • SheerPolitics

    Please get back on your meds!

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  • Kurtis D. Davis

    Come on Tim, really! You need to get used to the idea of a President, armed with nuclear weapons, and fully subject to “hot flashes”. And with repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”, we might as well add use of mind altering prescription drugs, as manage menopause.

    Whatsa’ matter Tim—something got you bothered?

  • opaobie

    Hey, Timmy, in case you didn’t notice, Nancy Pelosi and the ULTRA LIBERAL Democrats ran the House, and NO Republican and very few Democrats not in lockstep with Pelosi and her oligarchy got anything accomplished. Pretty pathetic attack — from a safe distance — on “the girl” when you didn’t have the guts to take on “the boy”, Romney, when you had a face to face opportunity. Maybe if you focused on OBAMA and his flaws and failures and disastrous policies or even the RINOs in the primaries, you might make some progress with CONSERVATIVES.

    • SheerPolitics

      You beat me to it–I thought the same thing. Well said. Obviously the RINOs are protecting each other and attacking the true conservatives. We CAN NOT allow another John McCain candidate to be the nominee or we will have 4 more years of Obama. And that would be a disaster.

  • daveka2011

    OK, so when Pawlenty had a chance in the last debate to legitimately go after Romney, he cowers behind his podium, but now he go’s after Michele. This is really rich stuff here. Tim Pawlenty is looking like a coward right about now.

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    Well,Mr Pawlenty can say anything he wants in an attempt to undermine Congresswoman Bachmann. And if not accomplsish, not too many things means – she did not write THE OVER 2000 PAGES MONSTER OBAMA-CARE – then , very well she did not do all that paper-work.

    However, if we take into consideration (not going into a number of details) how Bachmann did – and still doing – giving information and alertness to the american people in so many ways,… the energizing of the TEA PARTY MOVEMENT so we the people can have clear picture of reality we all are in,… her battles in Washington in pro of the american public;…then we can conclude that MsBachmann is a heck of a public server, second to nothing,a real true-core patrioit, defender of this country.

    Take it or lave it,…but if anyone out there is interested and want to do his/her homework, then you will know for sure.

    Daniel Cabrera

  • kolaboy

    Uh, Tim – your voice is too high and your name is too silly. Be a good lad, and you may rate a Secretary of the Interior gig.