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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty tells Iowa Republicans Saturday night that it is time to fight back against President Barack Obama and other Democrats' policies. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Pawlenty introduces himself to Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Key Iowa Republicans got to know Tim Pawlenty Saturday night in a speech that some considered the kick-off of his campaign in the first state to pick its presidential favorite.


The Minnesota governor made no mention of his potential presidential candidacy, but harshly attacked President Barack Obama and other Democrats. Still, pointing out problems is not enough, he added.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.