April 12th, 2011
10:44 PM ET

Pawlenty: 'I'm running for president'

[Updated at 10:44 p.m. ET] Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told CNN's Piers Morgan Tuesday he's focused on running for the White House.

"I'm running for president," Pawlenty said in an interview Tuesday on "Piers Morgan Tonight." "I'm not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president. I'm focused on running for president."

Pawlenty was responding to a hypothetical question if he would serve as Donald Trump's vice president if Trump received the GOP nomination in 2012.

Pawlenty, who announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee last month, told Morgan moments later that he will make a formal presidential announcement "in the coming weeks."

"I've got an exploratory committee up and running and we'll have a final or full announcement in the coming weeks here, it won't be too much longer, but everything is headed in that direction," Pawlenty said.

And his campaign said the "I'm running for president" comment was not an official announcement.

"As the governor has said many times, he is not running to be anybody's vice president," Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant told CNN. "He will have a formal announcement about running for president later this spring."

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    • Cesar

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  4. GET REAL

    "There is Pawlenty of blame, in Minnesota goverment..." I have lived in MN Minneapolis for 58 years. PAWLENTY was the
    most disappointing governor this state has ever had. Smart talking, political agenda rhetoric, is all he did. Jesse Ventura, was a better governor and a better presidential candidate.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cesar

      Thank you,GET REAL. I totally agree. This country does not need another kneejerk Republican in the White House!!!

      April 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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    • RUFFNUTT

      That's what I say,vicki. At least,he can't possibly do any worse than Obama's doing right now!!!

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  6. Tony the Prophet

    Tim Pawlenti, he is an imbursement to himself to run for the top position in our Country, yhe brings nothing to the table no experience he has no chance don’t waste our taxpayers money go home or better yet stay in Minnesota take care the farms. Before I vote for him H. Clinton gets my vote, politicians need to have character, charisma and intelligence to deal with congress, congress is not all their with their minds...but that is what I mean.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Cesar, stop using my name. Go back to Herbert you sick freak.

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  9. ed Bailey

    Mr Paulsen, if it was really you I hope your doing great. Met you and the smothers brothers and several other good crazies at Mt late brother in laws, Jim Vincent. Phil lish was playing on the baby grand.sure miss Jim, don't miss his wife's sister.divorce!run again for pres Pat!!!! TIM WHO?

    April 14, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
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