It started when Chris Wallace asked Tim Pawlenty whether he believes Michele Bachmann is unqualified to be president since he has argued that she has no record of accomplishments.
Pawlenty responded by saying that she’s a nice lady, she’s done wonderful things but she has no record of accomplishments or results. He followed up by citing a string of his own accomplishments.
Given the opportunity to respond, Bachmann went after Pawlenty’s record and questioned a number of things of his record and pretty much accused him of being a clone of Barack Obama. She then went off citing a number of things she has fought and championed against like increasing the debt ceiling, though she didn’t answer the question of what she has ever accomplished.
Pawlenty came back and accused her of being a liar. Then came the killler:
“She says that she’s fighting for these things. She fought for less government spending, we got a lot more. She led the effort against Obama Care, we got Obama Care. She led the effort against TARP, we got TARP. She said she’s got a titanium spine, it’s not her spine we’re worried about, it’s her record of results. If that’s your view of effective leadership with results, please stop because you’e killing us”.
Bachmann again responded by telling us how she led the charge against Pelosi, Reid and Obama in the Health Care and Debt ceiling debates.
Watch the full exchange:
I have seen a number of people going after Pawlenty for coming down really hard on Bachmann. But people seem to be missing the larger point.
For starters he is right. Bachmann really doesn’t have a record of accomplishments and even when given a number of opportunities she failed to point to anything she’s accomplished. In fact she keeps on repeating the things she didn’t accomplish.
But basically it comes down to this. Pawlenty made the case that Bachmann has no record of accomplishments and even on those things she claims she has fought for she didn’t get any results. In response Bachmann pretty much backed up what he said by citing a shopping list of things she fought for but never succeeded in accomplishing. One can argue that it was Bachmann who was acting like Obama, taking credit for things that never happened. Bottom line she didnt answer the question of what she actually ever accomplished.
As for Pawlenty; yes he was a governor with a record of accomplishments. But when Bachmann questioned some of his decisions, he came back on the attack but he too didn’t answer the question.
Both Pawlwnty and Bachmann were asked questions the American people want answers for. We want to know what Bachamnn has accomplished, evidently she has nothing to point to other than citing things she has had no success in accomplishing. We want to know how Pawlenty justifies the various questionable decisions he made as governor. Again he didn’t do that.
Watching two politicians from Minnesota going at each other might be good entertainment, but America isn’t looking for another inexperienced under accomplished actor, we’re looking for leadership. Something both these candidates lack. If you can’t answer a simple question you can’t expect us to trust you to handle the worlds most complex issues.
It’s time for the two of them to step aside and let the serious candidates, those with real records and accomplishments, get on with the serious business of solving the nations and the worlds problems.