Elections

Video kicks off Pawlenty bid for president

DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican Tim Pawlenty offered a sneak peak Sunday at his presidential kickoff with an Internet video in which he promises a campaign that "tells the American people the truth" and suggests that President Obama doesn't.

In the new video, the former Minnesota governor formally declares he's running for president, something aides said he'd do in person this morning during a town hall forum in Iowa.

"We're going to have to do more than just give fancy speeches; we've had three years of that and it's not working," Pawlenty says. "Join me tomorrow and around the country in the days and weeks ahead. You won't hear empty promises, you'll hear solutions."

Pawlenty makes no mention of prospective GOP rivals, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

The GOP field saw more signs of settling Sunday when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took his name out of consideration.

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