Pawlenty announces on YouTube video

May 22, 2011 at 9:56 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn., May 22 (UPI) -- Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty used a YouTube video Sunday to announce his candidacy for president a day earlier than expected.

Pawlenty was expected to throw his hat into the ring in Iowa Monday but instead used the Internet video to let people know his intentions.

But people interested in checking out the video, titled "Time for Truth," on Pawlenty's own Web site Sunday night couldn't. Clicking on the video screen got the viewer only this message: "An error occurred, please try again later."

Elsewhere on the Internet, however, people could hear Pawlenty solemnly vow to give voters only straight talk during the 2012 presidential campaign.

"I could promise that we can eliminate a $14 trillion debt, create jobs for 10 million people, restructure Social Security and healthcare all without making any tough decisions. Or I could try something different: I could just tell you the truth," Pawlenty says.

"You won't hear empty promises. You'll hear solutions. Together, we'll change our country. And this time, it'll be for the better."

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