Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says if Rep. Michele Bachmann wants to call herself a congressional leader, she has to be held accountable for acts of Congress that went against her principles.
“Congresswoman Bachmann wants to assign herself the label of leader — if you assign yourself a label of leader, you’ve got to be accountable for the results, and so as we got on that back and forth [in the debate] she said she fought and was a voice — well, if you’re going to be president of the United States you’ve got to be more than a voice,” Pawlenty told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, after Thursday’s Iowa GOP debate.
“You’re going to be a leader on fighting against Obamacare — we got Obamacare. If you're going to be a leader against things like more spending — well, we’ve got more spending. The point is that you can’t be someone who gives speeches — you’ve got to produce the results,” he said. “If you’re going to be our nominee, if you’re going to be effectively combating Obama in the campaign , and if you’re going to be president of the United States — so bottom line is if you look at her record in Congress, she didn’t have that.”
Hannity noted that Bachmann brought up that when Pawlenty was governor he supported the cap and trade of carbon emissions and asked him if he regretted the action.
“But she brought it up inaccurately — again, she said I imposed it in Minnesota — no, I didn’t.” Pawlenty said. “We had legislation that studied it — we considered it, but well before it ever got imposed or even close to imposed I rejected it and came out against it several years ago — so again, she’s aloof with facts.”
Hannity asked Pawlenty whether it bothered him that during the debate Bachmann compared his policies to those of President Barack Obama.
“Look, you know, when I was governor and she was in Congress, she used to say nice things about me,” Pawlenty said. “So now we’re competing and of course, the rhetoric has changed — but that is politics.”
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