Pawlenty rolls up sleeves, aims jabs at Romney and Bachmann
Image has not been found. URL: http://images.americanindependent.com/2012-80.jpgFormer Minnesota governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, who has taken some heat in the past for his seeming unwillingness to criticize his Republican rivals, changed tack this week, openly attacking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
Pawlenty has trailed in polls in early voting states. He seems to be taking the gloves off since he openly criticized Bachmann this weekend. His spokesman took aim at Romney over the debt ceiling in a story published in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.
“The debt ceiling is a gut-check time for all Republicans on spending and size of government,” said Alex Conant, spokesman for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. “Apparently, Gov. Romney is still checking his gut to figure out where he should stand.”
On a Tuesday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Pawlenty reasserted his earlier criticisms of Bachmann.
“In all due respect, she just doesn’t have that kind of experience, and secondly her record in Congress I mentioned before, is, again, great remarks and great speeches, but in terms of results and accomplishments non-existent,” Pawlenty said on the show.
Pawlenty also packed in some swipes at Romney for the former Massachusetts governor’s healthcare reform efforts in that state.
“It’s not a stretch to say that we need somebody in the Oval Office who is going to be President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief, who has executive experience leading a large enterprise in a public setting,” he said. “[Someone who is] getting results and balancing budgets, cutting taxes, doing healthcare reform the right way, no mandates, no takeovers—not just talking about it, not just giving speeches at rallies.”