Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty took the first formal step toward a run for the Republican presidential nomination next year by announcing the formation of an exploratory committee today. Pawlenty's nascent team has put together a series summer blockbuster trailer-like ads over the last year or so, but the former governor is going to have to find a way to use that and other means of making himself known to potential Republican primary voters.
Four Republicans have now formed exploratory committees. The list:
Michelle BachmannHaley BarbourJohn BoltonJeb BushChris ChristieMitch DanielsJim DeMintRudy GiulianiMike HuckabeeJon HuntsmanBobby JindalGary JohnsonSarah PalinGeorge PatakiRon Paul
Mike Pence(1/27/11)Rick PerryBuddy Roemer (exploratory: 3/3/11)Mitt RomneyRick Santorum John Thune(2/22/11)