Two of the GOP's presidential contenders hail from Minnesota. While one has been impossible to ignore -- especially on the cover of Newsweek right now -- the other is barely punching through single digits in the polls. But Tim Pawlenty says his is “not a shooting star campaign.” Speaking with reporters in Iowa this week, he added “I’m not doing this to get a cable TV show or some sort of gig down the road. I’m doing it because the country’s in trouble, and we need real leadership to solve the real problems and that’s what I offer.” The weight of Pawlenty's experience comes from his two terms as governor of Minnesota. As early as 2005, he was rumored for a Republican presidential candidacy. Instead, he worked closely on Senator John McCain's 2008 run for the Oval. Pawlenty watchers say the man has been methodical in planning his ascendency to a presidential run. But could that planning be his undoing in an unpredictable political climate? If Pawlenty isn't the sizzle, is he the steak? Why did he seek political office in the first place? Where is he coming from and where could he go? AirTalk will profile Tim Pawlenty with two seasoned political journalists from Pawlenty's home state.
Patricia Lopez, Political Editor, StarTribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tom Scheck, Reporter, Minnesota Public Radio