A week after officially declaring his presidential bid, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is offering a behind-the-scenes look at his campaign rollout in a new video, hoping to connect with voters and gain some traction for a push that was drowned out last week by news from other 2012 hopefuls.
In a three-minute web video released Tuesday morning, the Pawlenty camp mixes the candidate’s May 23 announcement with up-close and shaky shots of him, wife Mary, and voters at a rally in Des Moines.
“I want to be president because America is in big trouble,” Pawlenty says in a clip from his “Today” show interview with Matt Lauer. “These are serious times and they need serious people with serious solutions.”
In the video, Mary Pawlenty describes her husband as “someone extraordinary,” as the camera panning from him, to a mother and child in the crowd, voters holding up their cell phones and cameras, and a bank of TV cameras.
There are words of encouragement from Rush Limbaugh, who interviewed Pawlenty on announcement day: “I know you’re qualified.”
“I look into his eyes and I see an honest man,” one voter says. Another adds: “He is the people’s man, and he’s trying to be fair with everybody from all walks of life.”