Pawlenty says he will explore presidential run

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced his decision to form a presidential exploratory committee on Facebook, in part because the social network allows him to reach new voters and "grow the conservative movement."

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced his decision to form a presidential exploratory committee on Facebook, in part because the social network allows him to reach new voters and “grow the conservative movement."

Pawlenty, a conservative Republican, went public with his plans this week. He is the first major prospective candidate to announce plans to form a committee to explore a bid for the next Republican presidential nomination.

The New York Times writes that two of Pawlenty's biggest challenges will be his message and visibility, as the former governor has been reportedly testing a more conservative message. A recent poll shows that 60% of the American public has no opinion of him.

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