(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty hailed the tea party movement as "a great addition to the conservative coalition and the coalition for change in this country," in a new video released Tuesday morning by his political action committee.
Pawlenty, who is likely to seek the GOP presidential nomination, is clearly trying to build a strong bond with this grassroots movement, which has become an influential voice in the Republican Party. The former Minnesota governor addressed a major tea party gathering this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona and he featured clips of this speech in the video that is posted on his YouTube channel.
Pawlenty also used images of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln in the 1 minute, 15 second video where he offered this fawning praise of the tea party movement.
"Each generation needs a big change, a historical change in this country," Pawlenty said. "Usually starts with a group, that someone fresh, someone new. Starts out with a little bit of outsider status, but then over time they become the driving force for change. I think the tea party is a welcome, helpful, energetic, forward leaning organization."