WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Tim Pawlenty says a spending deal that avoided a government shutdown should be rejected.

Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor who oversaw a state shutdown during his tenure, said Wednesday that the $38 billion in cuts agreed to in a last-minute compromise isn’t enough. He says that number isn’t accurate and the deal is “wholly unacceptable.”

Last week, Democrats and Republicans narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the government by agreeing on a spending plan for the rest of the current budget year, which ends Sept. 30. Final approval of that plan is expected this week.

Pawlenty has announced a presidential exploratory committee and is scheduled to speak at anti-tax events in Concord, N.H., and Boston on Friday.

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Comments (13)
  1. Barbara Daniels says:

    Pawlenty, leave it to you to say anything to make you seem like a favorable joice for the presidential election. You did more harm as govenor than you did good. People could not wait for you to leave office, and I consider Minnesota somewhat of a conservative state. Your decisions then also were based on your future efforts to get into the presidential arena. People can see through you, and I think people really should take a close look at hou your political mind swings in the wind depending on what goal your trying to personally achieve. I hope people take a look at your record, so they will truly know who you are like the people of Minnesota do.

    1. mito says:

      Thank you.thank you

  2. Michael Emerson says:

    Tim is an expert in inflicting pain on his state for forcing his view on the rest of the state. Leave the state with a glaring $5B deficit? No gift is too big for Tim. And of course, he probably forgot about his own Supreme Court appointees who concluded that his approach violated the constitution.

    I am tired of politicians who can criticize with impunity because they have no power to really make a difference. As long as someone else is responsible for making responsible decisions, they are free to harangue about how terrible the responsible parties are.

  3. Duane says:

    Right on Barbara

  4. Duane says:

    Pawlenty never talks about his states credit card he maxed out

  5. Snooky says:

    No one cares what Tim Pawlenty thinks, he doesn’t have the credentials to be taken seriously. Only an absolute and utter idiot would waste a vote on T-Paw, not only did he leave MN in shambles he’s so out of touch with reality it’s like he don’t know any better. His Presidential aspirations and arrogance irks me, maybe if we ignore him hopefully he’ll go away.

  6. Doug Turner says:

    well – hes right – this comprise bill is a bunch of smoke and mirrors and does little to address the trillions of wasteful OVER SPENDING of the Obama administration.

    Its the spending kids – not the lack of taxes…. The “progressives” have blown trillions and now hissy fit when someone suggests we need to correct things..

    And wow – who knew minnesopta is a conservative state – compared to what? bankrupt California?


  7. dude says:

    Spending $1.4 Trillion on two bush wars is the problem, not domestic spending.

    1. Doug Turner says:

      No – its the so called “entitlements” that are running us into the ground. wars do not help the budget – but they sure help kill the bad guys that would gladly slit your throat.

      The state, local and federal governments have enough money – its how they piss it away on feel good, do nothing projects – Only silly Polly-Annas think there is such a thing as “good government”……

      Wish we had a real leader in Washington and not the half baked former “activist” – full time golf playing – Obama – who is once again voting “present”


      1. Katie says:

        We HAVE a real leader in the Oval Office. YOU, however, just don’t like the path he’s leading us on. That’s your right, but I, for one, didn’t like the path of war that Bush led us into either! But he did, indeed, lead.

  8. Chrissy says:

    I am frankly disgusted by how this entire process has gone. I blame BOTH parties for this joke. They are each controlled by special interests and fueled by their own political careers so compromise is difficult at best. Seriously, they have had how long now to figure this out?

    If any of us in the private sector missed deadlines like this, we’d be fired. I encourage everyone to write to Amy, Al and your House Rep and give them a piece of your mind. Both parties need to meet in the middle and stop this back and forth.

  9. Murph says:

    As if a man you thinks poor,elderly, sick and disabled people are expendable has a clue to humanity and it’s basic values! Pawlenty for what? You’ve got to be kidding!

  10. Katie says:

    Pawlenty left Minnesota in shambles! His cuts were to the poor, elderly and disabled. And the raises (read: lower taxes) went to the rich. Typical Republican!

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