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Republican Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlently responds to a question about his possible candidacy for President in 2012. Pawlenty explains his intention to wait until 2011 to announce his plans, and speculates on when former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may enter the race.
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Minnesota Gov. and presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty discussed a wide range of topics with reporters at a Monitor Breakfast on Monday. Pawlenty, who recently visited Iraq and Afghanistan, commented on the Obama administration’s military strategy, specifically in Afghanistan. He said there should not be a set a timetable for withdrawal and that more troops were still needed in Afghanistan. Pawlenty also discussed health care, financial reform, the deficit commission, the tea party movement, the changing tone of the Republican Party, and the timeframe for his decision to run for president in 2012.
Timothy James “Tim” Pawlenty is the 39th and current Governor of Minnesota. In the Minnesota gubernatorial election of 2002 he was elected governor and was inaugurated on January 6, 2003. He was re-elected in 2006 with 46% of the vote. On June 2, 2009, Pawlenty announced that he would not seek re-election in 2010.