Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), a potential presidential candidate who is much less well known to the national public than other Republicans, has been very busy of late. As we saw last week, he criss-crossed the media circuit, and had a lot to say.
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From a strategic standpoint, this would make a lot of sense. Compared to other possible 2012 contenders out there --Â Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, etc. -- Pawlenty has close to no name recognition throughout the country. Unlike Romney, he hasn't run for president before; unlike Gingrich, he hasn't held national office; and unlike Palin, he actually served two full terms as governor without resigning.
As such, many believe that the best thing Pawlenty can do right now is ramp up his book tour, promote himself before the media, and get onto as many TV sets as possible. So let's take a look at his various appearances from the past week.