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Iowa Republicans had a chance to hear Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Saturday night. He is expected to run for president. (Tribune photo by Don Davis)

Pawlenty introduces himself to Iowa


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Key Iowa Republicans got to know Tim Pawlenty in a speech Saturday night that some considered the kickoff of his campaign in the first state to pick its presidential favorite.

The Minnesota governor made no mention of his potential presidential candidacy, but harshly attacked President Barack Obama and other Democrats. Still, pointing out problems is not enough, he added.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.