Tim Pawlenty Makes it Officially Unofficial

Bookmark and Share With the promise to, Tim Pawlenty has officially become an unofficial candidate for the Republican presidential after filing the papers that opened up his own presidential exploratory committee.

In a nearly two minute video announcement Pawlenty evokes the names of Lincoln and Reagan and offers an inspirational, sound bite based message that essentially tries to convince voters that he understands their pain and shares their pain. He uses the circumstances that he once saw in his state of Minnesota as the source of his ability to relate to the tough times that Americans are going through. But with great optimism, Tim Pawlenty goes on to argue that with him at the helm, it will once again be morning in America, as he delivers to the federal government, much of what he delivered to Minnesota state government.

The roll out of Pawlentys exploratory committee is not likely to change anything. It has long been understood that he will be running, so it is not as if someone who has been thinking about running is now have second thoughts because of Pawlentys likely candidacy. But Governor Pawlentys move closer to the announcement of an official candidacy could begin to prompt others to start readying for similar announcements of their own. An early start that lacks the fog that can be created by his future opponents, Pawlenty could gain an edge by defining himself to voters before others have the chance to define him for them.

The introduction of Pawlentys exploratory committee was made live on Facebookandnot filled with any dramatic fanfare but it did fulfill its purpose by having all most major media outlet in the nation report the news. That is after all the main purpose behind such announcements. And you can bet that whatever hoopla this announcement lacked, will not be missing when he makes it official and launches his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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