"After serving eight years as Minnesota's Governor," Pawlenty said on Monday, one day after he announced his official plans to run for president in 2012. "I was very much looking forward to life with Mary, and our daughters, in the Midwestern home we love. But with Mary's encouragement and wise counsel, we came to a different conclusion. And that brings me here today with this announcement. I'm Tim Pawlenty, and I'm running for President of the United States."