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Gov. Tim Pawlenty smiles after speaking to nearly 700 Iowa Republicans Saturday night at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines. The Minnesota governor was politely received.

Pawlenty gets polite Hawkeye reception


DES MOINES, Iowa - Key Iowa Republicans got to know Tim Pawlenty 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 in his Saturday speech, 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.