Tim Geithner (Sec. of Treasury)
Fmr. Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.)
Gregory: John Boehner has given up on
a deal to raise the debt ceiling because
the GOP won’t raise any taxes
Geithner: this is a great moment for America
Gregory: it is?
Geithner: you betcha
Gregory: how can you still make a deal?
Geithner: we can agree to cut defense
Gregory: I like it
Geithner: Republicans should not walk
away from these promising discussions
to cut entitlements in exchange for
letting tax cuts expire
Gregory: what is Obama’s position?
Geithner: he’s willing to compromise
Gregory: Is a Grand Bargain is still possible?
Geithner: It sure is Fluffy
Gregory: would you give in on raising
taxes on rich people like me
Gregory: if we don’t raise taxes we would
have to slash programs for the most
vulnerable people in society
Gregory: Is the President willing to
cut Medicare please
Geithner: oh sure why not
Gregory: like how
Geithner: we would if we don’t add
burdens to the poor and middle class
Gregory: I’m middle class so that’s good
Geithner: Shared sacrifice would also apply to you
Gregory: oh noe
Geithner: Obama is working for the
largest possible deal
Gregory: who really cares about
raising the debt ceiling?
Geithner: By August we won’t be able
to borrow so we will have to pay our bills
with any cash lying under the White House cushions
Gregory: would that affect our credit rating
Geithner: last week I ordered a free copy
of our credit report and it looked really bad
Gregory: what’s our FICO score?
Geithner: If Congress doesn’t act poor
people will run out of food
Gregory: Look at this chart -
Obama crashed the economy
Geithner: that’s ridiculous Fluffers
Gregory: so you say
Geithner: the Great Recession was
worse than the Great Depression and
we’ve added 2 million jobs
Gregory: maybe but things are still bad
Geithner: yeah but Japan had an earthquake
Gregory: well natural disasters are
going to happen Tim
Geithner: tectonic shifts conspire against us
Gregory: Obama said the economy is
much worse than we thought
Geithner: the damm American people
lived beyond their means for years -
well the party is over
Gregory: you did stimulus, health care reform,
housing - where are the jobs?
Geithner: Fluffy the GOP drove the economy
off a cliff and Obama has put us back on
the edge of that cliff
Gregory: when do we back off the cliff
and live the high life again
Geithner: oh it will be painful for many
more years to come
Gregory: well thanks for coming Tim
[ break ]
Gregory: would you raise the debt ceiling
Pawlenty: Obama ruined America’s economy
Gregory: how so
Pawlenty: he should get government
off the backs of our job creators
Gregory: is that what caused the recession
Pawlenty: Obama caused the recession
with his stimulus
Gregory: I see
Pawlenty: he is suffocating America’s
Gregory: speaking of which your
startup campaign sucks
Pawlenty: when people learn I cut
taxes they will flock to my campaign
Gregory: you’re behind Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich
Pawlenty: when people finally get
to know me I will get to 5%
Gregory: you’ve been Iowa 75 times!
Pawlenty: I plan to meet every person
who lives in that state
Gregory: are you too dull and boring to be President
Pawlenty: I got fortitude - I vetoed lots of bills
and shut down the government I’m such an asshole
Gregory: you think that’s what
the American people want?
Pawlenty: America is sinking and now
is the time for Republicans to stand up
and fight for the policies that caused the recession!
Gregory: will you please bash Mitt Romney?
Pawlenty: fuck that foppish flip-flopping Mormon
Gregory: what makes you stand out
Pawlenty: I’m a true leader Fluffy
Gregory: how would you break
from the Republican party?
Pawlenty: I support the minimum wage
Gregory: Michele Bachmann is beating you
Pawlenty: see I’m different from her -
we’re both conservatives but I’m a former Governor
and she’s completely insane
Gregory: she said America has a gangster government
Pawlenty: well she’s right about that
Gregory: it seems inappropriate
Pawlenty: Obama’s elitist thugs are out of control!
Gregory: how would solve the debt ceiling problem?
Pawlenty: Obama tripled the deficit!
Gregory: so what’s your solution
Pawlenty: a Balanced Budget Amendment
Gregory: David Brooks says the GOP
has become a bunch of dangerous weird fanatics
Pawlenty: absurd - we are not 'weird'
Gregory: if you say so
Pawlenty: this country is sinking under terrible debts
Gregory: Obama offered $4 trillion in cuts
and you said no new taxes
Pawlenty: look any fair-minded person
knows state senator Obama caused a
recession in 2007
Gregory: so no new taxes?
Pawlenty: never ever not ever
Gregory: even if it would ruin America’s
Pawlenty: absolutely if Obama cares
about the debt well then he can just
give Republicans everything they want
Gregory: what abut Paul Ryan’s plan?
Pawlenty: I love it
Gregory: would you send ground
troops to Libya?
Pawlenty: I would not support that
but Obama has been very weak
in not going after Qaddafi
Gregory: you really think so
Pawlenty: Saint Reagan said Qaddafi has
American blood on his hands
Gregory: well if getting him is so important
why not send in ground troops?
Pawlenty: just lob a cruise missile at the fucker
Gregory: you love Lady Gaga -
do you think being gay is a choice?
Pawlenty: I hate gay people but
Lady Gaga is straight you know
Gregory: but do you think being gay is a choice?
Pawlenty: probably people wake up one day
and say ‘hey I think I’ll be gay’
Gregory: that’s stupid
Pawlenty: the scientists say it’s not genetic
- it may be behavioral
Gregory: I look forward to your concession
party next month
[ break ]
Gregory: you just saw Tim Pawlenty -
is his campaign over?
Todd: his chief rival is from Minnesota
but more charismatic
Gregory: well that’s not saying much
Gregory: Pawlenty said Bachmann has
never accomplished anything
Robinson: Bring it on Tim!
Gregory: Pawlenty also said America we
should default on the debt
Todd: the GOP presidential primary is
preventing a deal in Washington
Robinson: that’s not good
Gregory: what about Sarah Palin?
Todd: she’s crazy
Gregory: but fun
Robinson: if she were running for President
she’d be running for President
Todd: she’s the next Rush Limbaugh
Robinson: like we needed another one
Gregory: what should Obama say to
the Republicans at the White House today?
Robinson: he should aim high because
he can always say he tried to get a big deal done
Gregory: Obama gave in on Medicare
and still didn’t get a deal!
Todd: Boehner floated that deal and
got shot down by the loons in his own party
Gregory: that’s amazing
Robinson: Boehner and Cantor are
going to appear on The Marriage Ref
Todd: Does Obama really want a
deal or was all this strategic political theater?
Gregory: what the deal with Pawlenty’s
answer on whether being gay is a choice?
Todd: he’s got weird ideas and doesn’t
explain them well - so don’t count him out
for the GOP nomination!
Gregory: Geithner said if our credit
is downgraded it would catastrophic
Robinson: but it’s worth if we keep
tax cuts for the rich
Todd: Obama says people should
rent month to month what with the
Mayan apocalypse coming
Gregory: it’s going to be a fun campaign