He's long been thought of as a possible GOP contender in the 2012 race for the White House. And now, the former Governor of Minnesota has announced he's launching an exploratory committee for the race.
Tim Pawlenty released a web video, where he urged Republican Party backers to join him to "take back our government. This is our country."
Pawlenty is entering a wide field that could include many candidates vying for the GOP nomination; about a dozen Republicans have said they are considering challenging President Obama, but so far, there's no clear front-runner.
Here's a link to Pawlenty's newly-released web video: