Maybe it's time to put to rest any doubts that Gov. Tim Pawlenty is seriously looking at running for president in 2012.
The latest evidence that he's gearing up: the governor let slip Tuesday morning that he has plans to head back to early voting New Hampshire.
"I do have speech coming up in New Hampshire in a month or two, down the road," Pawlenty said on Fox News.
Asked for details, Pawlenty's political spokesman Alex Conant later said nothing was confirmed about the trip.
The trip will be the governor's second to New Hampshire since he decided not to run for a third term as governor. He made his political debut there in a speech in December. That trip followed a voyage he made to Iowa, another state that decides its presidential picks early.
The New Hampshire trip will be one of many political ventures the governor has planned for the next few months. Pawlenty will be in Alabama at the end of this week and will travel to North Carolina next week. (He will go to North Carolina as an official gubernatorial trip but politics won't be far away. Former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, chair of the institute Pawlenty will visit, recently said Pawlenty was: "By the way, one of the truly qualified people to be a Republican candidate for president, in my opinion.")
Pawlenty will continue his travels from there. He'll be in Missouri on Feb. 26, DC to speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 19, back to the District in March to talk to an organization that supports anti-abortion candidates and in Louisiana in mid-April for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
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