Tim Pawlenty to formally announce 2012 White House run

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Posted: May 20, 2011 11:34 AM
Tim Pawlenty to formally announce 2012 White House run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Tim Pawlenty will formally announce his 2012 presidential bid on Monday at a campaign event in Iowa, a Pawlenty aide said.

The former governor of Minnesota formed a committee to explore a potential bid earlier this year as Republicans begin to line up to challenge President Barack Obama's re-election.

Pawlenty, who participated in the first Republican presidential debate earlier this month, will make the announcement at a campaign event in Des Moines on Monday, the aide said.

(Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Jackie Frank)