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Some yuks for Pawlenty, then some New York bucks at a fundraiser

Gov. Tim Pawlenty tugs at his suit lapels Friday to make a point as he bids farewell to Minnesota Republicans. He spoke at the Minnesota GOP convention before delegates began their governor endorsement process. He is leaving office after two terms. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

ST. PAUL -- The Big Apple is beckoning Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty.

The Republican governor and possible presidential hopeful headed today to New York for some national television appearances and some fundraising.

Pawlenty was scheduled to appear on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday.

His trip includes a fundraiser and private meetings before he returns to Minnesota on Saturday.

Pawlenty says he'll announce next year if he's running for president. He decided against seeking a third term this fall.

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