Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Saturday in Marshalltown the hour is late for change in the nation and believes the time is right for new leadership after what he called broken promises by the president.
"Barack Obama broke almost every major promise he made to the people in the United States of America when he was running in 2008," Pawlenty said. "He stood before people and said, if elected, he would cut budget deficit in half during the first four years. As you well know, he made the deficit exponentially worse."
While there was no doubt that Obama also promised health care reform, Pawlenty said the way in which he went about achieving that reform was very different than what he had promised. Obama, as a candidate, promised to work with Republicans to come up with a solution that worked for everyone.
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Former Minnesota Governor and current GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty greets local resident Otto Brandt in Marshalltown Saturday. Pawlenty spoke about his background and said President Barack Obama has broken many promises since being elected.
Instead, what was produced is something Pawlenty termed as one of the most partisan pieces of legislation in history.
"President Obama's plan is going to make health care more expensive, not less expensive," he said.
Pawlenty said he would favor a system that rewarded individuals and providers for achieving results, which should help lower the cost of health care overall.
The Republican presidential candidate fielded a number of questions from local residents, including some related to fiscal management and the value of the dollar. Pawlenty said he would not be in favor of increasing the nation's debt ceiling and said the international community has started to take notice of the fiscal mismanagement in the United States.
"The last thing we need to do in the United States of America is give Barack Obama more money to waste in Washington, D.C.," Pawlenty said. "But one of the reasons they [the International Monetary Fund] are talking about moving away the dollar as the only reserve currency in the world is they are not satisfied with our management of it."
Pawlenty criticized the recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board to prohibit Boeing from moving a production line to South Carolina.
"That is another warning light on the dashboard that this country is in big trouble," he said.
During the first part of his speech, Pawlenty focused on his background, sharing how his mother died of cancer as a teenager and how his father lost his job not long after that. Despite the hard times, his family persevered and eventually sent him to college.
"I've had the chance to live the American dream, which is if you work hard, and take advantage of the opportunities, and use the resources in front of you, anybody can succeed," he said.