Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce he’s officially running for president in a series of TV interviews Monday morning, an adviser to his campaign confirms.
News broke Friday that the former Minnesota governor, who has formed an “exploratory” committee for president, would make his campaign official during a campaign stop on Monday in Iowa. But he’s also scheduled interviews with each of the network’s morning news broadcasts, where he is expected to break the news.
The news is not a surprise -- Pawlenty has long been setting up a presidential campaign apparatus -- but it comes one day after another Midwestern governor with budget-cutting credentials, Indiana's Mitch Daniels, opted out of the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. As a born-again Christian from a neighboring state, Pawlenty is expected to be a strong competitor for the powerful conservative constituency in Iowa's Republican caucuses, where the first votes of the 2012 presidential race will be cast early next year.