Tim Pawlenty Announces Republican Candidacy for President
On the eve of his own planned campaign announcement, Tim Pawlenty released an Internet video declaring that he is running for president because he — unlike President Obama — has the courage to face America’s challenges.
In another slickly produced video that has become a hallmark of his campaign, Mr. Pawlenty, the former Republican governor of Minnesota, confirmed Sunday night that he would officially begin his bid for his party’s nomination in Iowa on Monday.
“That’s where I am going to begin a campaign that tells the American people the truth,” Mr. Pawlenty says in the two-minute video, mincing no words about his intentions. “I’m Tim Pawlenty, and I’m running for president of the United States.”
There has been little doubt in recent months that Mr. Pawlenty would take this step. Of all the potential Republican candidates, Mr. Pawlenty has been the least coy, assembling a campaign staff, traveling to states that hold early contests and commenting quickly on events of the day.
But for all his efforts, Mr. Pawlenty still faces a major challenge: he remains one of the least known faces in the Republican field, having almost no national profile on which to base a campaign.
In his video, Mr. Pawlenty takes no shots at his potential Republican rivals. But he does take aim at President Obama, saying bluntly that the current president does not have the courage to confront the nation’s challenges.
“We need a president who understands that our problems are deep and who has the courage to face them,” Mr. Pawlenty says. “President Obama doesn’t. I do.”
Instead of “fancy speeches,” Mr. Pawlenty says, taking another shot at Mr. Obama, “you’ll hear solutions. Together, we’ll change our country. And this time, it’ll be for the better.”