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March 21st, 2011

Pawlenty Makes it Official

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty officially launched a presidential exploratory campaign yesterday.  Pawlenty made the announcement on his Facebook pages and released the following video.

Pawlenty also held a Tele-Town Hall in Iowa last night to discuss his announcement with Iowans.  He also sent out the following fundraising email.

As you may have heard, today I took a big step toward running for the presidency in 2012 by announcing the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.

This step allows me to travel the country as a candidate meeting people like you and speaking about my positive, growth-oriented vision for our country. 

I know many Americans are worried about our country’s future. But I also know there are brighter days ahead if we commit to a pro-growth economic agenda, stop out of control spending, and tackle the entitlements programs that are saddling our ability to compete in the world.

For the last 8 years, I got things done as governor of Minnesota: Standing up to public employees unions, cutting spending and rejecting tax increases. It wasn’t easy, but these fiscally responsible policies helped my state be a leader in economic growth and job creation.

I know what it takes to defeat the liberal establishment and stop out-of-control spending because I’ve done it. We need to do that in America, and that’s one of the big reasons I launched this committee today.

I’m confident this campaign will succeed, but my wife Mary and I are realistic about the hard work and long road ahead. Many of my likely primary opponents have run for national office before and are already household names. And President Obama is already raising money for his billion-dollar re-election campaign.

That’s why I’m asking you to donate to my campaign today, on Day 1. When we win, Mary and I want to know you supported us since the very beginning.

If you share my optimism in America and conviction that we can succeed, I hope you will make a financial contribution to my exploratory committee today at While you are there be sure to check out the other ways to get involved.

Thank you for your consideration, past support and may God bless you.


Tim Pawlenty

P.S. We can take back America – but I need your help. Many of our likely opponents have run before and are already household names, but I believe voters are ready for a fresh face with a proven conservative record of results. A donation of $25, $50 or $100 will ensure our campaign gets off to a strong start.

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