PRESS RELEASE from
Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2011
Pawlenty Announces Formation of Presidential
MINNEAPOLIS -- Governor Tim Pawlenty announced today he is forming an
exploratory committee to run for President of the United States and
filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to create the
Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee.
The Governor made his announcement in a video posted on Facebook. He is
the first presidential candidate in history to launch his campaign on
the social network. Watch the announcement at www.Facebook.com/TimPawlenty
"We have a great country, but we're headed in the wrong direction. We
need a real debate with President Obama, so the American people can
decide how to get this country back on track," Governor Pawlenty
said. "I will unite the Republican Party around my optimistic vision.
We need to make the tough decisions to reform and renew the American
dream. I am looking forward to making my case."
Following the announcement, Governor Pawlenty's exploratory committee
launched a new website at www.TimPawlenty.com
. The new website
features PawlentyAction, which empowers supporters to organize and
Earlier this year, Governor Pawlenty completed his second term as
governor of Minnesota. During his 8 years in office, he cut taxes and
spending and passed market-based health care and education
reforms. He was one of only four governors to receive an "A" grade for
fiscal responsibility from the Cato Institute.
Governor Pawlenty lives in Eagan, Minnesota, with his wife, Mary, and
two teenage daughters, Anna and Mara.
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Build up to
of Conference Call with Supporters, March 21, 2011
...good morning everybody and thanks
for taking the time to be on this call. And those of us
who are on this call are people who are friends and supporters of mine
and Mary's over many years, and this is the first group that we're
talking to today on an important day, but before I get to that news and
announcement, I want to just take a minute and express gratitude to
each of you. Some are family members on this call, others are
political supporters, others are just encouragers who have pulled
alongside disconnected from politics, but I want to personally and in a
heartfelt way thank each and every one of you for all the support,
encouragement, friendship and help that you've given to me, to Mary, to
our efforts in Minnesota over a long time. And I think
we've made a huge difference in that great state—now it's time to do
what we can to get this country moving in a better direction.
That's why I asked people to be on this call today to make this
announcement. We're filing the paperwork today to form an
exploratory committee to run for president of the United States.
This exploratory committee will be the next step in the process.
It's not the full announcement, but that will, assuming the exploratory
committee goes well, that will come soon enough. But this
committee will put a formal committee in place, a structure in place,
an organization in place to take these initial steps to run for
president of the United States.
Now we're doing this not because of a committee or legal steps or
compliance—[but] because this is the greatest nation that the world has
ever known, and it's in trouble, and it needs a new direction and it
needs new leadership.
With all due respect to President Obama, I think he's taken this
country in the wrong direction. We have a country that is great
a variety of reasons, but mostly because we're the freeest country the
world has ever known, and as he continues to push up government
spending, continues to have this expansive over-reaching burdensome
view of the role of government in people's lives and in markets in the
interaction between government and people, it suppresses and
discourages that freedom.
For those of us who see that, those of us who know that, it's important
that we all do what we can to push back and reclaim a better direction
a brighter future for America, and that's what I intend to do by
running for president and winning the presidency of this country if I
choose to run.
Of course we've got to be a number of other things, including we've got
to be secure. And we see in the news today and of course in
recent times the importance of America's role in the world as it
relates to security. And when we have President Sarkozy dictating
the pace and terms and conditions for security initiatives in the
world, we know that we've entered into a new era in terms of America's
place in leadership and vision for security around the world and that
concerns me greatly.
There's many, many other issues that we're going to have to tackle
including we need to be the smartest nation in the world, and that
means we're going to have to have government reform in all
levels. In terms of education reform we're going to have to have
not a government monopoly; we're going to have to have accountable,
high-performing, high-functioning, results-oriented school
systems. That's mostly a state and local issue, but so important
to the strategic future of our country. And then of course we
have this whole issue of just government spending and the willingness
and ability to take on government entitlement programs and government
programs from a spending perspective and a performance
perspective. They're just out of control. I did this in one
of the toughest environments politically in the country, in Minnesota,
and I'm confident I can do it for the country as a whole moving
So those are some of the themes that we're going to be talking about
going forward. Leadership matters, ideas matter; we're in a
competition against the other side, against a very different world view
or philosophy about the role and scope and size of government in
people's lives. We of course have a very different view. I
think ours is a better view, and I'm going to go out and sell that in
a, present that in a optimistic, hopeful, can-do constructive attitude,
not based on slogans or anything other than a record and an ability and
a confidence that we've demonstrated that we can bring forward for the
country as a whole...