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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Iowa Independent: How long before Pawlenty moves south?

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce today that he will not seek reelection to a third term, clearing the way for a 2012 presidential campaign that many observers think is already in the works. Pawlenty, who survived the 2006 campaign cycle as most statewide Republicans around him were losing, presented himself to general election voters as a moderate, independent-thinking politician. (Progressives in Minnesota argue that the real reason he won that year was that the Democratic gubernatorial ticket was gaffe-prone and unappealing to voters.) He won twice without garnering 50 percent of the vote. Though Pawlenty's prospects of winning reelection in 2010 were looking up as Minnesota's legislative session ended this year, he still plans to unilaterally cut a billion dollars from his state's budget, and that will make enemies locally.

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