It’s Go Time For Pawlenty As Book Tour Kicks Off

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Former Minnesota Governor and potential GOP 2012 contender Tim Pawlenty kicks off his “Courage To Stand” national book tour on Wednesday in Washington, DC with an appearance at a National Press Club luncheon and then at Barnes and Noble just a few blocks from where he hopes to reside in 2012 – the White House. From there he will travel to Florida, then Texas and on to the early primary state of new Hampshire and the caucus state of Iowa. Coincidence? Don’t bet on it.

A book tour is a great way to get your name out to the public who seems fixated in recent polling on the more nationally known candidates such as the Palin’s Romney’s and Huckabee’s of the world. The former governor also has been hitting the media circuit since leaving the Governor’s mansion earlier this month. On Tuesday alone he appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and “The View” as well as doing two stints on Fox News and one on CNN. Today, he was set to do “Fox and Friends”, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in the morning and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” at night. Whether he is promoting a book or running for President (or as most suspect…both), Tim Pawlenty has been a busy man. Over the last few days few potential candidates have had the media spotlight as much as Tim Pawlenty unless of course you’re Sarah Palin.

Pawlenty made some news by separating himself from Palin’s use of crosshairs in a graphic on her political action committee’s website last year while at the same time defending Palin in his book against the critics of her selection as John McCain’s running mate in 2008. A short list that Pawlenty himself was on before McCain chose Palin. It could turn out to be a solid strategy with all of Palin’s vocal supporters. Make yourself relevant and newsworthy while not being terribly offensive to Palin and her supporters in the event she decides not to run. Also, don’t seem to attatched to her in case she does. It’s a fine line that so far the former Governor has been walking rather well.

If Pawlenty is to be accepted as a major player in the presidential nominating contest, he needs to convince the media and political activists that he’s for real. Now seems as good a time as any to get his message out while promoting his book and taking advantage of the media spotlight being given to it. He needs to find his place in a field of candidates that is sure to grow over the next few months and he appears to be gearing up to do so.

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