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Introducing his 2009 state budget proposal early this year, Gov. Tim Pawlenty looks as serious as the numbers. A falling economy forced him to offer a tight budget.

Advice to Pawlenty: 'Chill out'

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Tim Pawlenty has a lot of work to do if he is to become president.

Of course, the Republican Minnesota governor who most political observers think is running for the White House must raise money. He needs to assemble a campaign team. He should prepare position papers on major national issues. And he has to court voters.

But even more important, he needs to make some personal changes, communication experts say.

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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.
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