(CNN) – As Tim Pawlenty comes close to deciding on a run for the Republican presidential nomination, the former Minnesota governor says he isn't worried about going up against President Barack Obama.
"Right now, his approval ratings aren't that stellar," Pawlenty said in an interview Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal. "They fluctuate around 50 percent or below. That's not exactly a daunting credential."
Pawlenty added that the president's reelection bid was hampered by bad policy decisions.
"I don't think President Obama is deserving of reelection," Pawlenty said. "I think he's taken the country in a direction that's wrong for America. I don't like that he's often apologizes for America."
Pawlenty said Tuesday that he'll make his decision on whether to run for the nomination "sometime in the next 45 days or less," according to Minnesota Public Radio
Pawlenty told the Wall Street Journal that the field of potential candidates for the nomination provided voters with a wide range of choices.
"I think there'll be a good number of people who get in," he said. "I don't know if that number will be four, five, eight or nine. But there will certainly be a wide variety of choices for people to look at and choose from."