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Pawlenty 2012? He Refuses to Rule It Out.

As California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was suggesting that his party is "out of touch" with average Americans on health care and the economy, Minnesota’s own Governor Tim Pawlenty was on the national talk show circuit talking about, well, himself.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is among three Republican governors are refusing to rule out running for president in 2012.

Pawlenty also refused to rule out a bid. He says he’s “thinking about” running for re-election in 2010, and that if he does, people would expect him to serve out his term.

Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota’s heartbreaker-chief, made the comment while on the "Fox News Sunday," where he appeared alongside Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

During the appearance, Granholm echoed Gov. Schwarzenegger’s message to Republican governors who are threatening to refuse federal stimulus money, "We’ll take it!"

Granholm said the issue “is not about philosophical theory. This is about real people who, through no fault of their own, are laid off because of a recession. They need to be able to put food on the table.

“So you better believe I’m going to take every dollar that is coming to Michigan. And if my colleagues here in Minnesota and South Carolina don’t get — don’t use theirs, I’m going to be first in line to say for my people, for our citizens, to put people to work and to make sure that they can survive through this, I’ll take their dollars, too.”

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