Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) just officially announced that he is not running for a third term in 2010.
A reporter asked him whether he is running for President. “I don’t have any plans beyond serving out my term,” he said. “So I’m not ruling anything in or out.”
He did, however, offer some wisdom for the Republican Party on a nationwide level. “We’re the party of the marketplace. The marketplace has been signaling movement to our competitors, so we need to do better.” He later added: “My party needs new ideas, new policies, and I think I can contribute to that.”
A reporter asked how this decision will affect the controversy surrounding an election certificate to the U.S. Senate for Al Franken, and Pawlenty’s response was in line with previous public comments. “I think you guys have really over-baked that issue, you’re spinning out of control. I’m gonna do whatever the court says,” Pawlenty responded. And if a courts tells him to sign the certificate, “I’m not gonna hold it up or delay it in any fashion.”
Late Update: It’s worth noting that Pawlenty will be speaking to the College Republicans national convention this week in Washington.