MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says House GOP leaders’ latest deficit-reduction plan doesn’t go far enough.

Pawlenty says in a statement Tuesday that he favors the plan that would cut spending, cap it and require Congress to pass a constitutional balanced budget amendment.

But the former Minnesota governor says the latest proposal by House Speaker John Boehner “does not accomplish that.”

Pawlenty calls the debt limit “a line in the sand where Republicans can force the tough decisions to fix our nation’s finances.” And he says taxpayers “cannot afford for us to back down now.”

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is vying with Pawlenty for the Republican presidential nomination. Bachmann is telling Iowans that she will vote against any measure in Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

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Comments (25)
  1. TJ says:

    Here is how we ended up in this mess…………….. The economic meltdown was not as complicated as folks think. Just two things caused it.

    1) Clinton introduced and passed legislation allowing the creation of derivatives and credit swaps. These instruments were previously illegal since after the great depression. Why? They caused the great depression!!!

    2) When Bush took office he was advised that Fannie and Freddie were backing tons of high-risk mortgages. He introduces legislation to form an oversight agency whose sole goal was to reduce the risk. The democrats shot it down. Two years later he introduced it again. The democrats shot it down again. Barney Frank was outraged saying “these agencies were rock solid”!!!


    1. O-done-a says:

      You’re right but ya lean a little too far to the right on the scales of truth. Clinton did pave the way for the crisis with his wall street antics and his desire to have more minorities in the home ownership realm—but ol’ Georgie ran like hell with it encouraging everyone to get a house and threw even more goodies at wall street. Can’t blame either of ’em. The rest of the world was BEGGING for American debt and couldn’t get enough (or fast enough) to satisfy the global yearn.

      1. O-done-a says:

        I want a candidate with the motto: “Buy back America” or “Cha-ching on the Chinese” or better yet….one that hops around the country, all arson like, and burns down all the surplus homes that keep us in this glut. A candidate that says to hell with the debt ceiling and will just call up the Fed, ask for the delivery of all U.S owned treasuries–then burns them so that the national debt disappears in a puff of smoke. Then burns down the Fed building after that! I want a candidate with real iron balls that can take this thing head on. And, I want a compromising congress that works for the people and not for politics. I digress—It ain’t you Timmy.

      2. dan says:

        Hate to encourage anyone from buying a home! Bush had nothing to do with the availability of programs for borrowers. Take a look at who was over seeing Freddie and Fannie (hint: Barney Frank) and how many times the GOP asked for additional oversight but were told Freddie and Fannie were just fine. Thanks Barney!

    2. Waste says:

      TJ, you ht the nail on the head. People, listen to this, it was not a recession it was a correction.

      The economy, taxes, etc. Will not rebound. They will just grow slowly from here if we keep our spending under control.

      That is why raising the debt ceiling won’t help. Cry all you want washington, we do not need another stimulus.

    3. littletingod says:

      Riiiiiiight! And Bush’s 2 wars costing $1.5 trillion, his unfunded Medicare Part D, his No Child Left Behind, his tax cuts (while he started 2 wars) didn’t contribute a thing to the recession.

      1. Leroy says:

        You bet, and how much did obamy spend in two years?

        Yeah right, Bush spent like a wild man, sooooo, so does obamy? Does that make obamy a better leader than Bush?

      2. dan says:

        Looks like Obama has nearly doubled the National Debt in less than 2 years. Something like $6 Trillion dollars. Any you are worried about 2 wars only costing 1.5?

    4. Bill says:

      Reagan drove this country farther into debt than all past presidents preceding him COMBINED!! Don’t you dare blame the dems for causing this mess. Reagan also imposed taxes on unemployment and doubled self employment taxes on people like Joe The (scab tax dodging) Plumber. Clinton provided a job for every American who wanted to work and made the deficit go down. Bush and Cheney then drove this country into bankruptcy. “Sadaam Hussein lay down your weapons of mass destruction”. Haliburton no bid contract. “Mission Accomplished.” Gather your facts before you go shooting off your mouth!!

      1. dan says:

        Clinton provided a job for everyone that wanted to work? Nice statement. Did you bother to see what the unemployment rate was during Clintons term? You cant collect unemployment unless you are actively seeking employment.

    5. lee says:


      1. TJ says:

        Spoken like a true enlightened Socialist….HA!

  2. Murph says:

    And therefore Pawlenty didn’t mean to try to kill frail and weak Minnesotans with his illegal food supplement take away.So in the event one or more them would have died.Pawlenty would have gone scott free and bygones would be bygones.As luck would have it and a judge moved quickly to prevent it.Pawlenty did not get his ‘Death Panel” decision ok’d.So now he wants to be POTUS.Yet no news blurbs about his district court conviction.You think this political system isn’t rigged? Why no truth allowed agains’t Pawlenty then?

  3. John says:

    kevin, let’s get together for some lovin’.

  4. GOPSUX says:

    T J is a typical righty who doesn’t know shat, so he makes up shat as he goes. Legislation can only be introduced in Congress. The Executive office has no legislative powers. But righty kooks don’t know shat about the constitution. Oh well, better luck next time.

  5. Kevin says:

    He needs to walk to the light…..

  6. littletingod says:

    Hmmmmm. Wasn’t Pawlenty the governor that walked away from his state leaving it with a $6 billion deficit?

  7. littletingod says:

    Does anyone know how many balanced budgets Pawlenty had while he was governor?

  8. Please find a pig farm in Iowa and move there says:

    Pawlenty shut your mouth. No one in Minnesota cares what your views are. We already know Mr Fee’s

  9. Chris says:

    Well said Tim P

  10. Steve says:

    Don’t back down republicans. We can’t afford the liberal spendfest that has been going on.
    And shame on Bush for being a high spending republican. It set up Obama to be an even bigger spender.

  11. Can win so cut down your fellow Republicans says:

    Yawn, Your boring Tim. Go lay down in the pig barn tonight

  12. Jose says:

    Steve, Steve, Steve – get your facts from somewhere else than Faux News. A large part of the jump in the debt under President Obama was that he finally put the Bush wars debt on the books. I’m sure your check book balance would look a lot better if you never registered the checks you wrote. Bush kept the war debt off the books. Obama added back on so we have a real picture of the catastrophe that was Bush 43. TART was Bush. Auto bail outs have been paid back. Recent stories said we lost $1.3 Billion in the Chrysler deal -this was lost interest from the principal being paid back years sooner than the original agreement. The same way your mortgage holder would list lost interest if you payed your mortgage off 5 years early.

    Wake up Steve – the Republicans are playing you like a fiddle and your strings are squealing. There is life beyond Rupert.

    1. dan says:


      Its TARP not TART. This was enacted by Bush but the majority of funds were distributed by Obama. Here is the problem, TARP stands for Troubled Asset Relief Program. The idea was to purchase bad loans from banks to shore up their financials and avoid a run on banks. The problem is that Obama took this as an open checkbook and spent the money on bailing out everyone and using the TARP money for everthing but purchasing troubled assets.

  13. Angus says:

    The Republicans are The Chosen People who are free of doing anything wrong, including original sin. Just ask them, they will tell you about it. I remember Clinton turning over a surplus to Little George Bush and the Bushie Boys who got us into illegal, unethical, and immoral wars, lied to the citizens, our friends, and the world. Here, Democrats, we have created a total mess and we are going to blame you. Now the conservatives can’t get an agreement among themselves other than “Protect the Rich” cuz we are ripping off the middle class and the poor for our benefit. But we are all good Christians.

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