Tim Pawlenty to Declare 2012 Bid

Announcement to come Monday, aide says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 10:42 AM CDT
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks to reporters following a Tea Party tax day rally April 15, 2011 outside the Statehouse in Concord, New Hampshire.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Tim Pawlenty will make the obvious official on Monday: He is indeed running for president. An aide tells Politico that Pawlenty will announce his bid alongside his wife at a town hall in Des Moines. Pawlenty was the first candidate to launch an exploratory committee two months ago, making his bid more or less a sure thing.

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