Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) has officially launched his presidential exploratory committee, in a Web video promoting his blue-collar background, his conservative views, his hope for the country -- and of course, as we've seen from his previous Web videos, his passion for big movie trailer music, fast cuts, and high production values.
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"This country was founded on freedom. We, the people of the United States, will take back our government," Pawlenty says in voiceover, over the all-American imagery, stirring music, and rising sound of applause. "This is our country. Our Founding Fathers created it; Americans embraced it; Ronald Reagan personified it; and Lincoln stood courageously to protect it.
"And that's why today, I'm announcing the formation of an exploratory committee, to run for President of the United States."