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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Tim Pawlenty on Bachmann's planned State of the Union rebuttal: 'It's cool'

By Emi Kolawole

Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, weighed in Monday on Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) decision to deliver her own rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address.

"It's all good," Pawlenty said when asked about Bachmann's plans during an interview with CNN's Peter Hamby. "It's cool."

Bachmann's rebuttal will be delivered via the Tea Party Express Web site following the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Her speech will also be aired, in its entirety, on CNN.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will deliver the Republican Party's official rebuttal, which will be carried on major networks immediately after the president's speech.

On Saturday, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) took the top spot in a presidential straw poll of the 493 members of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. The straw poll asked committee members to choose from 20 potential White House contenders.

Asked about Bachmann's fifth-place finish in the straw poll, Pawlenty said:

She is a strong leader. ... I know her. I have got a cordial, good relationship with her. Obviously she has risen as a leader of the Tea Party nationally. So if she chooses to run for president, I think she could be strong candidate.

Bachmann has mentioned her interest in running for president, saying that she would like to "be a part of the conversation" for 2012:

(h/t CNN, GOP12)

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By Emi Kolawole  | January 25, 2011; 9:50 AM ET
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Bachmann is an ill-inform­ed rabble-rou­ser and as such is perfectly suited like Palin to be a Tea Party spokespers­on. The movement is based on channeling anger using half-truth­s and outright lies to achieve the political ends of their financial backers, the Koch brothers and the Murdochs of this world. People attracted by Bachmann (read Beck, Palin, Limbaugh) are uneducated and seeking a way to express their frustratio­ns, some as a result of economic hopelessne­ss, others simply because we have a black president.

These people are not going away as long as fewer get a decent education and the economic divide in this country continues to grow. These are exactly the same types who were attracted to national socialism and they represent a danger to this country. Pawlenty is a fool for supporting Bachmann. Clearlly not suited for national office.

Posted by: jeffl240 | January 26, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Was the person who wrote this there to report some facts or is this simply another faceless, groundless attack from a right-winger?

Really, people, join the real world and grace us with some facts, not some Limbaugh-ish fantasy. If you are going to say something like this barroom gibberish back it up. And while your at it give that advise to Boehner, McConnell and the rest of the right-wing propaganda machine.

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Obamas first act as President, literally within 5 minutes of taking office, he signed executive order #13489 that sealed his own records. What is this all about. We want Congress to examine these records and see why he sealed them.

Posted by: makom | January 25, 2011 10:22 AM

Posted by: PoliticalPrisoner2012 | January 25, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Pawlenty, you are as delusional as she is.

Posted by: PoliticalPrisoner2012 | January 25, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh. If the Republicans have two contrasting voices for every issue, the Democrats are going to have a very good time in November 2012.

Frankly, I have a tough time justifying even one "response" because every President's State of the Union is pure puffery, and in election seasons pure campaign rhetoric.

Posted by: tommariner | January 25, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Attn MAKOM: The spurious claims being circulated by the Birther fringe is that one of President Obama's first acts in office was to issue Executive Order 13489 (PDF), which they claim was intended to seal away his birth certificate, school records and other evidence that he is not a United States citizen or otherwise unqualified to be President.

However, this executive order is virtually the same as Executive Order 123283 (PDF), which President George W. Bush issued early in his presidency and which it replaced. That executive order is in turn virtually identical to its predecessor Executive Order 12667 which was issued by President Reagan. All of these orders deal specifically with the National Archive and its role in preserving presidential papers and records. The orders refer only to records generated by the office of the President during his administration which have been kept by the National Archive since that institution was created in 1934.

Posted by: jgc1103 | January 25, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It seems very curious to me why a great many of the posts are chastizing the Tea Party so viciously.

The Tea Party is not made up of "right wing religious zealonts" nor of "radical left wing socialist liberals."

The Tea Party is made up of 60% of ordinary Americans who are totally fed up with how their government has been, and is being run by both Republicans and Democrats.

The Tea Party has now changed the face of politics in D.C. and those members of both parties who have resided there for any length of time have gotten their 'marching orders.'

Stop the incessant spending, balance the budget, allow private industry to create jobs (government does not create jobs regardless of how more people they bring into the bureaucracy), lower taxes on individuals and business, reduce the fraud in Medicare and Social Security (that in itself could provide billions of dollars for productive means) and get immigration under control.

And I would urge all of you who continue to refer to Palin and Bachman as 'air headed scatterbrains' to keep in mind one of your own, Hillary Clinton, who made this statement during her debate with the Obama man: "Senator Obama does not have the experience to be president."

She was absolutely correct and will you libs call her an unqualifed 'air head?'

Lets just see how the next two years plays out. Obama now wishes to have 'civility and bipartisianship' after bludgeoning both Congress and the American people for the past two years with Pelosi and Reid.

His programs cost the Dems 63 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate and I have yet to read or hear him apologize to those 69 people who lost their jobs because they voted with him against the wishes of their constituency.

Obama is a hollow, shallow man whose sole purpose is self perpetuation - it is that simple and the quicker people realize it the better of we all will be.

Posted by: dharper2 | January 25, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The teabagging dingbat is the best thing to happen to Ryan since he started his ambitious plan to strip the people of their benefits while protecting the uber-wealthy by giving them tax breaks.

Compared to the nutball with the vacant stare, Ryan will look, well, somewhat sane.

Posted by: Casey1 | January 25, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Tea Partiers deserve respect? How about the right-wingers who shouted "Liar" at the President of the United States during his last internationally broadcast State of the Union address? The Tea Party and the Republican right have created an atmosphere of hatred and incivility without precedent in US history and they deserve no respect in return.

Posted by: jeffl240 | January 25, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have such a "problem with women", especially strong-willed women.
Look at their response to: Hillary, Palin,
now Bachmann.
Or are they just intimidated by these women, so they attack anyone they're intimidated by?
I look forward to hearing Paul Ryan's respoonse, however, I have a lot of respect for him and I think he understands
this country, the economy and the whole
budgeting process better than Obama Ever will!

Posted by: ohioan | January 25, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have such a "problem with women", especially strong-willed women.
Look at their response to: Hillary, Palin,
now Bachmann.
Or are they just intimidated by these women, so they attack anyone they're intimidated by?
I look forward to hearing Paul Ryan's respoonse, however, I have a lot of respect for him and I think he understands
this country, the economy and the whole
budgeting process better than Obama Ever will!

Posted by: ohioan | January 25, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann is another loud-mouthed over-confident ignorant fool who doesn't know what she doesn't know. She typifies the Tea Party like her sister T-P'er Sarah Palin. Sound and Fury signifying nothing. Pawlenty just proves he is not presidential material by supporting this ninny.

Posted by: jeffl240 | January 25, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I have no use for Michele Bachmann or the Tea Party but why shouldn't she, or some representative of the Tea Party, be allowed to give a respectful rebuttal?
Posted by: Lefty
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She's allowed but it is highly doubtful that her rebuttal will be respectful or sane.
Posted by: Sandydayl | January 25, 2011 11:45 AM
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We shall see. And if not, then we can criticize. We, too, should show a little respect.

Posted by: Lefty_ | January 25, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I have no use for Michele Bachmann or the Tea Party but why shouldn't she, or some representative of the Tea Party, be allowed to give a respectful rebuttal?

Posted by: Lefty
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She's allowed but it is highly doubtful that her rebuttal will be respectful or sane.

Posted by: Sandydayl | January 25, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I have no use for Michele Bachmann or the Tea Party but why shouldn't she, or some representative of the Tea Party, be allowed to give a respectful rebuttal?

Posted by: Lefty_ | January 25, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Will Bachmann discuss the internment camps she claims are being built? The death panels? Her claim to support the Constitution and then her refusal to submit her census form (Article 1, Section 2). The woman is a dangerous idiot. Amazing that she could be elected from Minnesota when she is obviously more at home in Alabama.

Posted by: roscym1 | January 25, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Predictable. She will just declare a few outrageous facts to back her insane rhetoric and then call for Obama's "repeal." As a fellow attorney, I'm ashamed of this person's lack of touch with reality.

Posted by: kmh1 | January 25, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Obamas first act as President, literally within 5 minutes of taking office, he signed executive order #13489 that sealed his own records. What is this all about. We want Congress to examine these records and see why he sealed them.

Posted by: makom
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And your comment has to do with this story how? As demonstrated by jgc1103, your ignorance is insulting. This country faces some very serious problems and you're concerned about his high school grades and personal papers? You want Congress to examine them and then do what? Explain to you why he got a C- in high school math? Or are we back to the birther discussion again. Good grief. Get a hold of yourself.

Posted by: kmh1 | January 25, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to me to hear what this lady from Minnesota has to say in response to the SOTU speech. There are just so many ways that she can insert her foot into her mouth; but all of the permutations possible cannot even begin to cover the actual number. It's looney tunes time with Michelle B.

Posted by: MikeV2 | January 25, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Please WaPo: keep these two wack-jobs
off of your pages -- there are many
more important people and things
to waste print on.

Posted by: Sirius2 | January 25, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Nice try Tim but your jealousy is palpable. You wish you had half the nutcase tea party zealots as excited about you as they are about this Palin clone.

It's going to be fun watching the GOP tear itself apart in the Great Wingnut Purity Test of 2012. Pull up a chair, get some popcorn and watch Mitt Romney perform circus contortionist acts explaining how RomneyCare is TOTALLY DIFFERENT than Obamacare. Watch any of the GOP hopefuls dance around the questions of "exactly WHAT would you cut" and then watch their poll numbers go down. Marvel at Sarah Palin (if she runs) as she tries to tell reporters how her incendiary rhetoric will "bring Americans together".

Seats are going fast. Get yours today!

Posted by: B2O2 | January 25, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The spurious claims being circulated by the Birther fringe is that one of President Obama's first acts in office was to issue Executive Order 13489 (PDF), which they claim was intended to seal away his birth certificate, school records and other evidence that he is not a United States citizen or otherwise unqualified to be President.

However, this executive order is virtually the same as Executive Order 123283 (PDF), which President George W. Bush issued early in his presidency and which it replaced. That executive order is in turn virtually identical to its predecessor Executive Order 12667 which was issued by President Reagan. All of these orders deal specifically with the National Archive and its role in preserving presidential papers and records. The orders refer only to records generated by the office of the President during his administration which have been kept by the National Archive since that institution was created in 1934.

Posted by: jgc1103 | January 25, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

They all seal the records. Why do you care? Do you want to compare your high school grades to his?

Posted by: maverick5 | January 25, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I like right wing imagination displayed above but the President's authority does not extend to issuing an Executive Order to seal all of his own records. He has the same privacy rights and controls over his records that the rest of us have. Since you right wingers are so obsessed while you are at it would you please get George Bush's birth certificate, grades, police records and military records. I would still like to see those. Oh, you might as well get Clinton's too because they were not released either.

Posted by: withersb | January 25, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Who?

Posted by: mjwies11 | January 25, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Bachmann and Palin are just about the same candidate. If anything, Bachmann is more caustic. That's not something people are looking for in a President. Why anyone thinks either of them would make a strong candidate is beyond me.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 25, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Obamas first act as President, literally within 5 minutes of taking office, he signed executive order #13489 that sealed his own records. What is this all about. We want Congress to examine these records and see why he sealed them.

Posted by: makom | January 25, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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