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Pawlenty Meets With S.C. Gov. Ahead Of Presidental Decision

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Event March 7, 2011 in Waukee, Iowa. (credit: Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Event March 7, 2011 in Waukee, Iowa. (credit: Steve Pope/Getty Images)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty met with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the Statehouse as he mulls a presidential bid and made his second swing into this early primary state.

Pawlenty visited with Haley Wednesday.

Haley’s endorsement in the first GOP contest in the South would be a prize for any presidential campaign. Pawlenty called it a courtesy visit.

Pawlenty said his decision on a bid for The White House will come within about a month and the party is looking for someone to take the country in a new direction.

The two-term governor last visited the state in June for GOP fundraising events. His Wednesday visit included a stop at an Aiken County Republican group’s meeting.

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