July 6th, 2010
05:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Pawlenty heading back to Iowa

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/06/art.pawlenty.0706t.gi.jpg caption=" Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is heading back to Iowa later this month."](CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's heading back to Iowa later this month to campaign for fellow Republicans. For the possible 2012 White House hopeful, it's the third trip in the past year to the state whose caucuses kick off the presidential primary season.

Palwenty spokesman Alex Conant confirms to CNN that beginning on July 31, Pawlenty is lined up for three days of campaign events in eastern Iowa, lending a helping hand to several legislative candidates in hopes of regaining GOP control of the state legislature.

"Governor Pawlenty is working hard to help conservatives around the country win this fall. We have great opportunities in Iowa, and Governor Pawlenty is trying to build on that excitement through his new Iowa PAC and this upcoming trip to eastern Iowa," says Conant.

This weekend Pawlenty will be in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the battle for the White House. On Saturday, Pawlenty attends the Stafford County Republican Committee Annual Picnic during the day. And that evening he's headlining a private reception for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. Palwenty is in the region to attend annual National Governors Association meetings being held this weekend in Boston.

Pawlenty's announcement, last summer, that he would not run this year for a third term as governor was a tip off that he was considering a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Since then, Pawlenty has been very visible, speaking out against the Obama administration and appearing at a number of major Republican and conservative events. He also became vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association and announced a group of new advisers, several of whom advised Pawlenty's potential 2012 rival - former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney - during Romney's 2008 presidential bid.

Last October Pawlenty also set up Freedom First PAC, a federal political action committee, to help pay for travel across the country to assist and contribute to Republican candidates. The Minnesota governor has also set up PACs in other states, such as New Hampshire.

Most national surveys of the 2012 GOP nomination battle place Pawlenty in the single digits.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. DENNA

    Let's put Pawlenty on the unemployment line along with those people who can't get unemployment benefits because the Repubs don't want them to. In fact, since the Rethugs haven't done much real work in the past 18 months, why don't you all just quit your day jobs and do something you'll enjoy – like pulling the legs off of insects.

    July 6, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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