(CNN) – To many political watchers, it has long appeared clear outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been running for president for months.
So it was no surprise that the Republican's upcoming book tour includes stops in several key campaign states - like Iowa and New Hampshire.
But not so fast, Pawlenty says. This tour is about promoting his new book, "Courage to Stand," not launching a bid for the Oval Office.
"Well I know everybody's trying to say that the book tour is about politics, but I think of the 30 or more days that I will be promoting the book across the country, I think only two days are in New Hampshire or Iowa," he told Minnesota Public Radio.
Pawlenty is actually scheduled to be in those states for four days later this month, according to the schedule released in December, and plans to appear at six separate events in the initial presidential proving grounds.
"The rest of them are in other places so," Pawlenty continued. "You know, there may be political stops that we do, but the primary purpose of the tour is to promote the book and to try to generate interest in the book."
But there are other key campaign states on the list, including Florida, Ohio, and Pawlenty's own Minnesota. In fact, the only non-swing state he plans to visit is Texas, with stops in Dallas and Houston. He kicks off the tour January 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
According to Pawlenty's PAC, the book is "about growing up in the gritty meat-packing town of South St. Paul, his political battles as governor of Minnesota, and his vision for a better America."
Of course, book releases and national tours have led to formal campaigns for many previous presidential candidates. Pawlenty finishes up his second term as governor in a matter of days and his announcement last year that he would not run for a third term as governor was the first serious indication that the so-called "Sam's Club" Republican was considering a bid for his party's presidential nomination.
Courage to Stand will be released January 11.