Discuss as:

Pawlenty: Change Washington? 'I'm going to defeat it'

MASON CITY, Iowa -- In his first of five campaign stops throughout Iowa today, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he isn't going to change Washington as president.

Instead, he said, "I'm going to defeat it."

Pawlenty spoke to a group of about 40 gathered here at the Clarion Inn. While not directly addressing todays economis numbers, he hit the president for his poor economic record .

"Barack Obama's hope and change has become a hope we don't lose our house or have to change our address," he said.