Minnesota mud fight

Going into tonight’s debate the campaign narrative set the expectation that it would be a fight between the two politicians most familiar to Minnesotans. The battle between Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann certainly took up a significant portion of the debate.

In opening the debate Fox News’ Bret Baier asked that candidates drop their talking points and talk openly about the problems facing the country.


Bret Baier’s request to put aside talking points violated in first answer by Bachmann’s “one term president” stump speech applause lineless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Pawlenty and Bachmann mixed it up.

Pawlenty campaign workers stepped in and helped to articulate his message.


No question: if you want someone who’s got a record of ACHIEVING conservative results @timpawlenty is the clear choice. #iacaucus #gopdebateless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

  • Chris

    Eichten: Another political question. Does Congresswoman Bachmann speak for the mainstream of the Republican Party?

    Pawlenty: Well, I think Congresswoman Bachmann is somebody who’s a –

    Eichten: She’s been getting lots of attention –

    Pawlenty: Yeah.

    Eichten: – nationally for, for her positions.

    Pawlenty: Well, she, she gets a lot of attention because she’s passionate, she’s got strong views, she’s got, uh, very, um, I think [a] very persuasive way of presenting information in many respects. But I think she gets unfairly criticized. If you look at most of what she says, I think she does speak for, um, kind of the mainstream conservative movement.

    Midday April 13, 2009.