Tim Pawlenty CPAC debt ceiling talk at odds with John Boehner

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Tim Pawlenty at CPAC today doubled down with the Michele Bachmann wing of the Republican party by insisting that, "We should not -- we should not -- raise the debt ceiling."

Like Bachmann, he wants to hang the nation's deficit around Barack Obama's neck. And the line got a round of applause from the conservative crowd.

But his position puts him squarely at odds not just with Obama, but also with GOP House Speaker John Boehner, who calls such talk a recipe for financial disaster.

Here's Boehner talking recently to Fox News:

FOX NEWS: Do you agree with administration officials and other economists that defaulting on the full faith and credit of the United States would be a financial disaster?

BOEHNER: That would be a financial disaster not only for our country, but for the worldwide economy. Remember, the American people on Election Day said we want to cut spending and we want to create jobs. You can't create jobs if you default on the federal debt.

And here's neocon leader Bill Kristol dismissing Bachmann as "silly" for the same reason:

Having recently praised Michele Bachmann, and remaining a fan in general, I think it appropriate to register disappointment at her embrace of a silly position. On several conservative websites, you'll find a web ad featuring her and promoting a petition: "Tell Congress, 'Don't Raise the Debt Ceiling.'"

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This is irresponsible. I've seen no plausible plan that would enable us to go "cold turkey" (to use her term) fast enough or dramatically enough that we could reduce the deficit to zero in a few months-which is what would be required if Congress were not to authorize an increase in the debt ceiling.

Never mind that. Here's Pawlenty today:

Related:

Michele Bachmann's debt limit dream is a nightmare, Boehner says

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Tim's a liberal at heart. A phony, just the rest of the liberals. Did anyone catch the chameleon like metamorphosis of democrats during the last election cycle? Anyone noticing the chameleon like metamorphosis of Tim?

Perhaps Tim should come out and say something like: You don't need GOD anymore, you have us democrats. Nancy Pelosi 2006 Would the conservatives look the other way like the dems did?

jim
jim

Kirk are you a comedian or what?

mindboggeling
mindboggeling

Pawlenty is just trying to align himself with bachmann in hopes of winning over some of the tea partiers. I doubt if he even knows what he believes anymore. He is one of those politicians who will say anything to stay in the race. He also criticized Obama for apologizing for our country and thinks we should be tougher on our enemies. Which translate to lets bomb somebody!

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