Pawlenty says Bachmann has no accomplishments

Rachel Rose Hartman
July 11, 2011

Tim Pawlenty isn't backing off criticism he lobbed at fellow presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, suggesting she has no record to speak of.

The former governor on MSNBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday was asked to comment on fellow Minnesotan Bachmann, who served as a state senator prior to her 2006 election to Congress. Unlike recent attempts by his campaign to back out of remarks deemed disrespectful to his home-state rival, Pawlenty let loose this weekend.

"Her record in Congress is nonexistent," Pawlenty said. He later explained that his service as governor afforded him experience as an executive leader captaining a "large enterprise." He insisted that Bachmann lacks that sort of background, and suggested she has little more than "speech capabilities" to offer the American public.

You can watch Pawlenty's complete remarks below:

Bachmann responded to the comments via a statement touting her efforts against cap-and-trade and Obamacare. "People can count on me as a fighter; I am proud of my record of fighting with resolve, and without apology, for our free markets, for sane fiscal policies, and in opposition to the advancement of the big-government left," Bachmann said in the statement.

Last week, Pawlenty's camp was busy trying to make nice with Bachmann after top advisor Vin Weber suggested Bachmann's "sex appeal" was responsible for her fast-growing support. (Weber later apologized.)

But Pawlenty isn't backing off his latest criticism.

When asked Monday on "Fox and Friends" to address his "Meet the Press" statements about the congresswoman, Pawlenty was eager to promote his new line of attack, supplying more illustrations to point up what he considers his superior qualifications to lead the country, such as balancing budgets, cutting taxes and expanding market-based health care coverage.

Pawlenty said Bachmann gives "great remarks and great speeches, but in terms of results and accomplishments-- non-existent."

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