Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination today via this web video.
Tim Pawlenty: A Time For Truth
He is scheduled to give a speech in Iowa later today formally announcing his candidacy.
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Governor Pawlenty wrote an article in USA Today titled “Pawlenty: Real change is about telling hard truths”.
In the third year of Barack Obama’s presidency, unemployment is at unbearable levels, gas and food prices are skyrocketing and federal government spending is out of control. “ObamaCare” is unconstitutional, and it is already driving up health costs — not reducing them.
The president’s policies simply aren’t working. And more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about the problems we’re facing and what it’s really going to take to get America back on the right track.
As a candidate for president, it would be easy for me to just tell the American people we can solve our debt crisis and fix our economy without making any tough choices. But we have now seen where that type of leadership gets us.
Leadership isn’t about fancy speeches and empty promises. It’s not about telling people just what they want to hear. It’s about telling the truth. Like too many Washington politicians, President Obama governs with an eye toward the next election, at the expense of the next generation. He would rather pretend there is no crisis and attack those who are willing to stand up and try to solve it rather than risk doing anything about it himself.In Washington, they call that “smart politics.” But I’m not from Washington.
And in Britain they call it “Smart Alec”.