Tim Pawlenty promises to cook dinner and mow lawns

AMES, Iowa — If you need your dinner cooked or lawn mowed, Tim Pawlenty might be your man.

During a Fox News-sponsored debate here Thursday night, the Republican presidential candidate jokingly offered to do some domestic chores for anyone who can find President Barack Obama’s positions on some of the “most pressing financial issues of our country.”

“Where is Barack Obama’s plan on social security reform? Medicare reform? Medicaid reform?” Pawlenty said. “In fact, I’ll offer a prize tonight to anybody in this auditorium or anyone watching on television, if you can find Barack Obama’s specific plan on any of those items, I will come to your house and cook you dinner.”

Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, also used the joke to land a punch against opponent Mitt Romney, the wealthy former governor of Massachusetts.

“Or if you prefer, I’ll come to your house and mow your lawn,” Pawlenty said. “But in case Mitt wins, I’m limiting it to one acre. One acre.”

Others participating in the Iowa debate were Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cheryl-Jessup/100000366944083 Cheryl Jessup

    Cain said he was just kidding about the three foot high electrical barb wire. I for one think it’s a dam good idea. After all we are trying to keep them out and this would make it a lot harder to get over that fence.

  • http://twitter.com/wordscolliding MJ

    I’ll take the mowing. Obama already included Medicare reform as part of the Health Care Reform Act:

    “The bill would bolster the existing Medicare prescription-drug benefit by addressing part of its “doughnut hole” problem.Right now, after a senior has spent $2,700 on drugs in a year, coverage stops until that same person has spent $6,154 on drugs, when it starts up again.Hence the “doughnut hole” nickname.Beginning in 2010, people who fall into this hole will get $250 from the government to help. Thereafter, according to the bill, the US will gradually increase the percentage of drug costs it pays within this gap. By 2020, the US will pay 75 percent of senior drug costs between $2,700 and $6,154.”

    • Anonymous

      I have a lime tree on that acre, he can suck those down too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2803037 Jack Simms

    Papps, great headline.  Hilarious.

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  • Humorless

    Attaboy, Luther!