Washington (CNN) – Former Minnesota Gov. and probable 2012 Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty returns to South Carolina Wednesday, his first visit since last June to the state that traditionally holds the first southern primary in the race for the White House.
Pawlenty's scheduled to address a luncheon at the Aiken Republican Club, as well as holding private meetings in the state. A Pawlenty aide tells CNN that he expects that the former two-term governor, in his comments in Aiken, will talk about need to return to common-sense principles including the importance of faith, balancing the budget, and promoting strong national defense. The themes are similar to what Pawlenty talked about in his speech last month in Washington, DC at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Pawlenty has made repeated appearances in the presidential kickoff states of Iowa and New Hampshire in recent months, but he has not visited the Palmetto State since last June, when he attended fundraisers for the South Carolina Republican Party and then-House candidate Mick Mulvaney.
As for when he'll announce a decision on a run for the White House, Pawlenty told Minnesota Public Radio at the beginning of the month that he would make a decision "sometime in the next 45 days or less."
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