Meet The 2012 GOPers: Ex Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)

January 13, 2011 3:38 a.m.

1||January 13, 2011: To be fair, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) hasn’t declared yet whether he’ll run for president in 2012. But he’s widely seen as a potential candidate. So in the meantime, let’s get to know Pawlenty a bit better.

Pawlenty, in May 2010, returns to his office after speaking to reporters about a budget deal he offered Democrats. ||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

2||October 30, 2010: Pawlenty at Key Air Hanger in Anoka, Minnesota, campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

3||December 9, 2010: Pawlenty with newly elected Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) at a press conference at the capitol.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

4||April 12, 2008: Pawlenty greets Minnesota National Guard troops in Kosovo.||Wikimedia&&

5||November 5, 2002: Pawlenty and his running mate, Carol Molnau, in Bloomington, Minnesota.||newscom/Richard Marshall&&

6||February 21, 2010: Pawlenty and President Barack Obama at the 2010 Governors’ Ball at the White House.||newscom/Ron Sachs/UPI&&

7||Then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Pawlenty at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.||newscom/Stormi Greener/Star Tribune/ZUMA Press&&

8||January 22, 2007: Pawlenty unveils his state budget proposal at the Minnesota Department of Revenue Building in St. Paul.||newscom/Richard Sennott/ZUMA Press&&

9||August 5, 2008: Pawlenty prior to giving the keynote address at Farmfest in Morgan, Minnesota.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||March 9, 2006: Pawlenty delivers his state of the state address in St. Paul.||newscom/David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ZUMA Press&&

11||August 27, 2008: Pawlenty greets kids at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

12||August 25, 2008: Pawlenty with high school football players during a campaign stop for presidential hopeful John McCain in Richfield, Ohio.||newscom/Mike Cardew/MCT&&

13||October 22, 2009: Pawlenty at a “Pretzels and Pints” event for his Freedom First PAC in Washington.||newscom/&&

14||December 16, 2009: Pawlenty autographs a picture of himself for an unidentified supporter at the New Hampshire Republican State Senate PAC Fundraiser in Concord.||newscom/Greg Mironchuk/PDI&&

15||August, 28 2007: Pawlenty and Ron Stillweather, a FEMA community relation employee, after southwestern Minnesota was declared a disaster area due to massive flooding.||newscomPatsy Lynch/&&

16||September 14, 2010: Pawlenty and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo (R) in Bejing.||newscom/Li Xueren/Xinhua/Photoshot&&

17||August 27, 2008: Pawlenty jumps out of the KTIS booth after giving an interview at the Minnesota State Fair.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Mitt Romney.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

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