Tim Pawlenty: Bachmann’s ‘Record Of Accomplishment In Congress Is Non-Existent’

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is eager to add some excitement back to his campaign, and this morning on Meet the Press he may have found just the ticket: going on the attack. In Pawlenty’s crosshairs was fellow presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who Pawlenty dismissed as having no successes in Congress that would make her more worthy than him of being elected President.

Pawlenty unleashed (and for him, yes this is unleashed):

“I like Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve campaigned for her. I respect her. But her record of accomplishment in Congress is non-existent, it’s non-existent. And so we’re not looking for folks who just have speech capabilities. We’re looking for people who can lead a large enterprise in a public setting and drive it to conclusion. I’ve done that, she hasn’t.”

David Gregory also wondered whether Pawlenty thinks some of Bachmann’s extreme statements, like describing President Obama’s administration as a “gangster government,” reflected a “temperament not suitable for the Presidency.” Yet Pawlenty wasn’t willing to throw Bachmann too far under the bus, instead suggesting that some of his own language has been similar, since he too thinks the Obama administration is “incompetent,” “failed” and “out of control.” Although it’s a bit odd that if Pawlenty is now willing to go after some of his Republican competitors, why he wasn’t more eager to take on current top dog Mitt Romney instead?

Watch the clip from NBC below:

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