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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  1. Jazzzzzzz

    I believe Lucifer would be an excellent choice, and if you don't vote him your ALL going to H@@LL

    April 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Why do they ulimatly have only two candidates for President, but they need 50 candidates for Miss America?

    April 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      Banasys on a roll tonight , u may keep going, LOLOLO

      April 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogicalnLA

      Yourr concept is funny, even if your facts are incorrect.- We don't out with just two candidates and they don't vote for Miss America from all 50

      April 13, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. chicken head

    If you are motivated by earning 3000 times more then the next person, you are a sick pup.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    OFT
    @Jazzzzzzz:

    You're not scaring me into voting for Lucifer, lol. But he probably *is* more aqualified than most....

    April 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chicken head

    If you are motivated by miss America then you are healthy and part of the America we all know and love.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzz

    Hey, if you really want to take the chance , go ahead. OOOOO, Lucifer thier's another one coming your way. 🙂

    April 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ska rules

    Any truth to the rumor that pawlent was invited to Hef's wedding.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      No idea but I would vote for Hef if he ran for Prez!

      April 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Well he *does* Paw lenty. I'm sure he got an invite.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      She's HOTTTT, tonight folks. Catch her well u can , Keep going Banasy, your the only reason I'm still up.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ska rules

    Heh heh.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ole lady

    Thanks for the laugh. I really needed that today.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    OFT
    @Jazzzzzzz: go to bed, hon. You can catch up tomorrow. Sweet dreams, and don't let Lucif...er, I meant, the bed bugs bite! 😉

    April 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TOMAS

    @ banasy: u were president? Nice job! That experince led u on this blog, i bet it opened ur eyes! Tell me Im wrong.? Experince is what gets people jobs in this country. Most of these runners know their fate before getting on the field, trust me. But, like I said, their aims are not the white house; its something else after the experince of be called "candidate for the white house 2011!" wake up trashers! 🙂

    April 12, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shawn

    Exploratory Committee: Tim, we've done some research and it looks like you have about a one in a million shot at becoming president.
    Tim: So you're saying there's a chance?

    April 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT

    Good,now let's all vote for another kneejerk Republican so we can get more of the same,lol!!! In fact,we have yet to see a candidate who has anything new to offer and that's pathetic!!! More war,joblessness and poverty for the poor!

    April 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    Didn't you read Shawn's post, RN? He's only got a one in a million chance!

    April 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
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