First Read has confirmed the news that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will officially launch his 2012 presidential bid on Monday in Iowa.
The announcement, of course, is hardly a surprise -- given that Pawlenty has already formed a presidential exploratory committee and has been preparing for a run over much of the past year.
In addition to Monday's event in Des Moines, Pawlenty will hold a Facebook town hall and media availability in Coral Gables, FL. And on Wednesday, he will hold another media avail in DC.
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