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 With Mitch Daniels out of the race, Tim Pawlenty is going to get a closer look. He launches today.

 One day before he was set to officially kick off his presidential campaign with a round of Monday morning network television interviews and an appearance in Iowa, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty posted a video on his website in which he announced his candidacy and sought to draw a clear contrast with President Obama.

"Tomorrow, my first campaign stop will be in Iowa. And that's where I'm going to begin a campaign that tells the American people the truth. I'm Tim Pawlenty, and I'm running for president of the United States," Pawlenty says in the video.

"Our country's in big trouble. We have far too much debt, too much government spending, and too few jobs," he adds. "We need a president who understands that our problems are deep and who has the courage to face them. President Obama doesn't. I do."


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