Pawlenty, Bachmann take divergent path on the debt

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2011 - 8:12 PM

Pawlenty and Bachmann are among the leading voices arguing that the debt ceiling doesn't need to be increased.

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likeaplanJul. 27, 11 8:37 PM

Please take a moment to read Article I, Section VII of the United States of America Constitution

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mn_meJul. 27, 11 9:07 PM

Be sure to see what Ms Bachmann was focused on today: http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/126284623.html

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jkaplinJul. 27, 11 9:18 PM

Look at the way Pawlenty left the state when he left office. Do we really want these people making decisions for us? You can't just cut spending and if you are going to do that, then make sure that no one is asking for any pork in their bills. What scares me even more is these people think that it's ok to rob Paul to pay Peter. I hate to see how they handle their personal finances.

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oberschutzeJul. 27, 1110:23 PM

We need more republicans to stand with T Paw and M Bach. Massive cuts in entitlements and defense spending, no new taxes, and get us the hell outta Irag/Afghanitoilet.

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tammarakJul. 27, 1110:37 PM

This proves neither of these two are responsible enough to handle the the office.

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logician88Jul. 27, 1110:47 PM

Anyone who doesn't think the debt ceiling should be raised just doesn't understand anything about the economy. The Tea Party imbeciles are the US equivalent of the Taliban -- the tyrannical minority foisting their radical, fundamentalist dogma on the rest of the country. The only difference is that they will be using economic violence instead of physical violence. They should all be brought up on Treason charges if they force a default.

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mcdwhoJul. 27, 1110:52 PM

Seriously, the people of Minnesota voted for Bachmann. What is it in Minnesota, winters are too cold or something? What is it? You need to know that even in the land of crazy politicians, we, in Boston, do not understand your fixation with her. She came to Concord, New Hampshire and confused it with Concord, Massachusetts (the birthplace of the American Revolution). But that is OK, we understand! We didn't know you had two comedians/politicians in your State! Now, the joke is on you, she is getting paid by you to run around the country running for President. How's that conservatives! You wasted taxpayer money by electing this person. The Republicans have great choices for 2012, Bachmann, Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney, our do-nothing former Governor! Good luck defeating an incumbent! All I can say is after 2012 and the Republicans lose seats in Congress because you chose to elect Bachmann as the Republicans' future, you will have set the Republican back a decade! Get use to it. You've helped to elect President Obama for another term.

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akhmn1Jul. 28, 1112:04 AM

The statements of T-Paw and Bachmann show that the are uniquely unqualified to lead this great country. It is one thing to oppose on principle whether taxes should be raised; it is an entirely different matter to bring the entire world economy to the brink of disaster because of foolishness. Since Friday, the Dow has lost 400 points. What do these people have to see before they see that this sort of irresponsible behavior can lead to economic collapse. Does the economy really have to look something like Hogwarts after Voldemort invaded it for these buffoons to get it?

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inlandseaJul. 28, 1112:09 AM

I don't trust or believe in T-Paw, but unlike Bachmann, I thought he--at least--had the brains and training to understand the folly of default. Bachmann is a hopeless case. When economists, ratings agencies, and bankers from across the political spectrum line up to lay out the grim scenario of default, I think it's irresponsible for T-Partiers to play chicken with our jobs, our 401-Ks, our interest rates, etc. Compromise!

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SeaSharkJul. 28, 11 1:58 AM

Minnesota presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty: No, the debt ceiling doesn't need to be raised to solve the default crisis and prevent a stock market collapse despite urgent warnings to the contrary by astute financial experts. I'm the financial genius who left a $5 billion dollar deficit for my successor Gov. Dayton so I know all about big numbers and I'm sure everything will be fine. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty: No, don't say the 35W Bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River on my watch; I thought everything was fine.

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