NH Dems on Pawlenty's Visit: More Questions Than 'Hard Truths'

As Pawlenty Makes First New Hampshire Visit Since Announcing His Campaign, Questions Remain About His Positions

Will Pawlenty Tell Us "Hard Truths" or Tired Talking Points? 

Milford, N.H. - When Tim Pawlenty visits New Hampshire today for his first campaign visit to the first in the nation state, will he tell us the "hard truths" or just repeat tired talking points? Granite Staters are looking for answers.


Will Pawlenty finally tell us where he stands on the Ryan scheme to end Medicare as we know it? Today is day four of Pawlenty dodging this issue that is on everyone's minds. Slate describes his dodge yesterday in Washington, DC: "A more dangerous question was next: In the wake of NY-26, what did Pawlenty make of the Ryan plan? This elicited the safe, smart, tapioca answer that Pawlenty's been giving for weeks.  'In general,' he said, 'I think the direction of it is positive, but I'm going to have my own plan.' Issue, dodged." 

But Milford's residents may not let Pawlenty off so easy. An editorial in The Cabinet Press (covers Milford) from late April on this issue closed with this (emphasis added):
"It's simple: They [politicians] believe we won't pay attention, and the press is failing to see the reality of Ryan's proposal and buying into words like 'reform,' so Congress is left alone to pull the wool over our eyes. Don't let it happen."

Will Pawlenty tell us if he still thinks the Recovery Act funds are "misdirected, mistargeted, misprioritized" as he makes a campaign stop at a business that benefits from a nearly $1 million Recovery Act grant? Does Pawlenty still think the Recovery Act was a "Ponzi scheme?" TheLobbyNH reports, "
 As Minnesota's governor in December 2008, Pawlenty said the federal government was broke and that spending stimulus money as the Congress did was a 'very elaborate Ponzi scheme' that was 'reckless and irresponsible.' But Pawlenty will tour Cirtronics, which was a benefactor of contracts from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."

"Tim Pawlenty's 'hard truths' campaign has more flip-flops, distortions and questions than truths," said Holly Shulman, communications director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "If Pawlenty was President would he sign the Ryan budget that ends Medicare into law? That is the question of voters in Milford, New Hampshire as it was the question in New York's 26th congressional district and is all across the country."