WOODBURY, Minn. (WCCO) — Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is back in Minnesota, after many days on the road promoting his new book “Courage to Stand.”

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The former governor signed copies of his book at a Christian bookstore in Woodbury.

Since leaving office, Pawlenty WCCO’s political reporter Pat Kessler he’s spent a lot of time considering a 2012 presidential run but knows he has to do well in early balloting states to have a chance.

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“For me, or a candidate like me, you have to do well in Iowa, there’s no question about it.  But I think I could also do well in a place like New Hampshire,” said Pawlenty.

Not coincidentally, Pawlenty’s book tour will take him to Iowa and New Hampshire in the coming weeks.

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The former governor said he enjoys his freedom after leaving public office, but sometimes misses the debate.