Bachmann rips Tinklenberg, makes personal pitch in ads

I just saw one of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s latest ads (I’ll post video when I find it).

Here’s the ad narration:
(Video of old movies is framed with a “History of El” banner on the bottom. Old time piano music plays underneath the ad).

When El Tinklenberg ran the Department of Transportation, officials called up their cronies and offered them contracts, unbid contracts. The Star Trib said he broke the law and federal authorities called it tainted. And when El was mayor, he supported a plan to increase property taxes by a whopping 24%. El Tinklenberg in Congress? He’s just not up to the challenges of today.

Here’s the Star Tribune story that the ad is citing.

Bachmann’s second ad (sorry Video is choppy) had Bachmann sitting in a living room looking directly into the camera. Here’s the text.

“Once again, our nation is at a crossroads and it’s a time for choosing. We could embrace government as the answer to our problems or we can choose freedom and liberty. I may not always get my words right but I know that my heart is right because my heart is for you, for your children and for the blessings of liberty to remain for our great country.”

(Note: It was incorrectly reported that this as was an apology ad) .

Question of the Day: What do you think of the ads?

Update: Politico is reporting that the NRCC is raising money off of the Bachmann controversy.

  • Bill Prendergast

    Didn’t see her ad against Tinklenberg.

    Her “no apology” ad is a Checkers speech. Her affect and words give the viewer the impression that she’s the victim in this. A voter unfamiliar with her call for an investigation into the alleged anti-Americanism Congress–will have no idea what she is talking about.

    Which is probably the point. It’s also interesting that she makes the same insinuation about her opponents: that the choice now is *either* government *or* “freedom and liberty*–as if both together, are not possible in the United States.

    The notion that they are, is of course the basis of American democracy. But she is telling people they’re mutually exclusive–which is the kind of false choice presented on conservative talk radio, any day of the week. “The government *is* the enemy,” is the mantra, unless it’s a conservative Republican running for office.

  • Brian Hanf

    Just heard Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Radio ad against Tinklenberg. I think it will back fire, she had to use some pretty thinly veiled negatives in it. Would have sounded better if the “I am Michele Bachmann and I approve this message” was not at end of it.