Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) won’t wait for the 2012 Republican presidential field to take shape before officially entering the race — possibly early next year.
“I’m going to make a decision about my future both professionally and personally and politically in early 2011, some time after the first of the year,” Pawlenty said Monday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “It won’t be dependent upon what other people do or don’t do.”
Pawlenty said he expected at least one potential rival for the presidential nod — Sarah Palin — to delay her entry into the field.