Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has officially announced that he is running for the GOP Presidential nomination.
Pawlenty, a Tea Party favorite, released a YouTube video on May 22 declaring his intentions to vie for the nation’s highest office. He was slated to reiterate his announcement on May 23 through television appearances and during a town hall event in Des Moines, Iowa.
“We need a President who understands our problems are deep and has the courage to face them,” Pawlenty said in the video, which was emailed to his supporters. “President Obama doesn’t. I do.”
According to IowaPolitics.com, Pawlenty has visited Iowa — a key battleground State in the Republican primary process — 14 times since November 2008, which is more than any other potential GOP candidate.
The Washington Post reported that Pawlenty has hired Eric Woolson as his campaign manager in Iowa. In 2008, Woolson led former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s winning campaign in the Hawkeye State.
During an appearance on NBC’s Today Show on May 23, Pawlenty admitted that his campaign will not raise as much money as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, but he added that fund-raising will not elect a candidate.