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Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday speaks to members of the Cannon Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Earlier in the day, his political action committee was unveiled. Pawlenty has gained national attention over the PAC from political pundits who feel it's the first step in a potential White House bid. Tribune photo by Mike Longaecker

Pawlenty remains mum on 2012 plans


CANNON FALLS -- Despite rising national attention to his newly formed political action committee, Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday continued to deny the group is his vehicle for a 2012 presidential bid.

"It's not geared towards me running for president," he said after speaking to Cannon Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members.

The governor's visit fell on the same day as the official launch of his Freedom First PAC.

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