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Published November 14, 2009, 11:42 AM

Gov. Pawlenty continues on path to be a presidential candidate

(WDAZ TV) - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been giving speeches across the nation. Is it a sign he's planning a run for President? A political analyst weighs in.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

(WDAZ TV) - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been giving speeches across the nation. Is it a sign he's planning a run for President? A political analyst weighs in.

It's too early to tell but Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is taking all the necessary steps a potential presidential candidate should take.

“Pretty much every move that he's made in the last year is indicative that he hasn't ruled it out.”

Despite a recent poll where Minnesotans claimed that they would not want Pawlenty to run for President, he is making the rounds. Last weekend he was in Iowa.

“Iowa is the most important place and it is very much old school retail politics there. You go from house to house, small town to small town, you shake a lot of hands, kiss a lot of babies, you go to a lot of dinners. Those are the bread and butter of politics and it takes a long time.”

Not seeking reelection for Governor next year, Pawlenty claims he's traveling from state to state to help out his party in next year's election. During this time however, he is slowly getting his name out there among the more well known potential candidates such as Sarah Palin, who is also on the road.

“Every time I've tried to predict what Sarah Palin was going to do, I've been wrong. Right now it could just be a book tour, it could just be she's written a book and wants to get her side of the story out there and certainly it can't hurt.”

Pawlenty is scheduled to reach all the Gulf States before April, with the exception of Mississippi as he establishes his presence in the minds of Republican voters; a key step to a White House run.

Wood says it's not clear what Pawlenty's signature issues would be or if he could raise enough money to win the nomination.

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