Pawlenty says decision to run for president coming within 45 days

Laura Donovan Contributor
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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he’ll decide whether to pursue a 2012 presidential run within the next 45 days, reports The Hill.

Pawlenty told Minnesota Public Radio on Tuesday that he’d announce his decision “sometime in the next 45 days, or less.” The former governor said essentially the same thing to the Wall Street Journal when he told them his decision could come “sometime in the next month, month and a half or less.”

Pawlenty, a Republican, mentioned to the Journal that he expects lots of conservative candidates to campaign for that seat.

“I don’t know if that number’s going to be four, five, eight or nine, but certainly there will be a wide variety of choices for people to look at and choose from,” he said. “It’ll be a decent size field.”