by Charles Lemos, Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 09:17:21 PM EDT
Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota spoke on Friday night to the conservative Values Voter Summit hosted by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council in Washington DC delivering a partisan attack on the policies of the Obama Administration.
The story in the New York Times:
After warming up by discussing his record back home and the importance of faith and values, Mr. Pawlenty, a Republican in his second term as governor, struck at the Democrats' attempts to overhaul the health care system.
"This proposal needs to get killed," Mr. Pawlenty said. "It is a bad idea."
"With all due respect, Mr. President, if we're out of money, stop spending it," he also said.
Mr. Pawlenty also referenced -- and seemed far from upset about -- a new campaign from the Democratic National Committee that he was the first target of. The campaign is titled "Call `Em Out," a reference to Mr. Obama's vow during his address to Congress last week.
The Minnesota governor elicited a standing ovation by retorting, "I'll respond by calling out the president back tonight."
Earlier in the speech, Mr. Pawlenty had stressed his pro-life bona fides, an important topic in a conference sponsored by, among others, the socially conservative Family Research Council.
And he touted his record in Minnesota, where he said he turned a "left-of-center state into a fiscally responsible state."
If that can be done in a state that produced well-known liberals like Hubert H. Humphrey and Walter Mondale, he said, it can be done anywhere.
At a time when his official public events as governor have been few and far between, Governor Pawlenty has been stumping across the country, speaking to GOP audiences and offering the party's critique of Democrats on TV talk shows. Tonight, he all but announced his candidacy for President.