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Pawlenty Forming Exploratory Committee For Presidential Bid

March 23, 2011 by  

Pawlenty forming exploratory committee for Presidential bidFormer Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has become the first high-profile candidate to announce his intentions to run for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.

Pawlenty, a champion of Tea Party values, announced on March 21 that he is forming an exploratory committee for a Presidential bid. In a video released on his Facebook page, he advocated for job creation, limited government and reforms to entitlement programs such as Medicare.

"There is a brighter future for America," he said during the video "We need to encourage the dreamers and innovators, the small business owners, the hard workers."

According to The Boston Globe, Pawlenty has made frequent visits to Iowa since last summer, and he is scheduled to appear in the Hawkeye State again next week. His advisors are banking on a strong showing at the Iowa caucuses, the first major event in the nominating process, next February.

A Gallup Poll last month indicated that Pawlenty has a lot of work to do in order to raise his profile among American voters. Only 3 percent of respondents said that they would vote for the former leader of Minnesota, falling behind six other potential candidates for the Republican nomination. Former governors Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin were the top three favorites, according to the poll. 

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