Tim Pawlenty says Obama is 'like a manure spreader in a windstorm'
Tim Pawlenty, clearly frustrated with his mediocre results in early polling, came out swinging Friday in Iowa with barbs at President Obama.
"Anyone can stand up here and flap their jaw and give a speech," the former Minnesota governor said Friday in a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to a crowd of about 70.
"We've had Obama with all his soaring rhetoric, with all this nonsense, he's like a manure spreader in a windstorm. It stinks. It's flying all over the place and it's not pretty," the GOP presidential hopeful complained.
Earlier Friday in Waterloo, Pawlenty theorized that Obama's "whole worldview is to grow the government, and take things out of the private sector and put it into the government."
Unfortunately, that statement doesn't jibe with a this chart that argues that the Obama administration has actually killed about 500,000 government jobs since he took office.
With unemployment numbers now at 9.2%, up for the third straight month, perhaps Pawlenty should simply focus on what cannot be denied: Employment numbers are neither growing in the private nor public sector. Just like the former governor's popularity numbers.
Pawlenty placed a disappointing sixth in a recent Des Moines Register poll of GOP presidential contenders. Only 6% of those polled said they would vote for him for president. The 50-year-old trailed Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul, respectively.
On Wednesday, the first day of his three-day swing in Iowa, Pawlenty also took aim at Obama, calling the president an unqualified and clueless man who tricked the country into electing him.
“When we elect somebody president who’s a former community organizer, who was in the Senate just long enough to have a cup of coffee and never ran anything, never did anything and we put him in the Oval Office and wonder why it’s not working –- it’s not working because he duped the country into thinking he’s a reasonable candidate,” Pawlenty said. “Turns out he’s a dangerous liberal who has no real experience running anything. No mystery why it isn’t working; he doesn’t have a clue.”
-- Tony Pierce
Andrew Malcolm is on assignment.
Photo: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty greets supporters before a town hall meeting at his campaign headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa. Credit: Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press