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Pawlenty Announces Bid For Minnesota Governor

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The following is an excerpt from Michael Scherer | April 5, 2018 | Thewashingtonpost.com |

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced Thursday that he will run this year for a third term as leader of the state.

“I have the strength and experience to solve problems and bring us together,” the Republican announced in a video posted to his website. “I want to finally put those in the middle . . . first.”

The decision shakes up what is already considered a competitive contest to replace Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who is not running for reelection after two terms in office.

After mounting an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2012, Paw­lenty became the leader of the Financial Services Roundtable, a trade group that represents major banking, insurance and investment companies in Washington. He resigned from that job in February to begin exploring a possible return to politics.

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