Perhaps the most heated exchanges of tonight’s Fox News debate happened 20 minutes into the show, and, shockingly enough, it involved some sharp barbs from typically placid Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty. Moderator Chris Wallace, perhaps noting that Iowa was Pawlenty’s to lose to Rep. Michele Bachmann, turned the two against each other, resulting in an exchange where Rep. Bachmann called Pawlenty “a lot like President Obama,” only to have her “record of misstating and making false statements” thrown back at her.
Coming off a light-hearted moment where Pawlenty promised any American who could show him a specific economic program proposed by President Barack Obama, Wallace then turned to him to ask whether he had questioned Rep. Bachmann’s record. He noted that he had absolutely nothing to add to the migraine story and never commented on it, but “her record of accomplishments and results is nonexistent.” That was about where any amicable discussion ended.
Rep. Bachmann took with zeal to slamming Pawlenty, noting that he “implemented Cap and Trade” in Minnesota and once declared, “the age of small government is over.” “That sounds to me a lot like Barack Obama.” Wallace noted, likely accurately, that comparing another candidate to the President was “the worst thing you can say.” Rep. Bachmann didn’t back down, repeating every single claim she had tossed at him immediately before and repeating, poignantly, “that sounds like Barack Obama.” To that, Pawlenty retorted that Rep. Bachmann’s railing against small government “gave us more government” and her fight against Obamacare failed. What’s more, “she has a record of misstating and making false statements,” and her claim that he had been in the governorship like Obama was “just another one.”
The segment via Fox News below:
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