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Pawlenty Makes a Decision on a 2018 U.S. Senate Run

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) shared his decision on a run for U.S. Senate in Minnesota on Fox Business.

By NTK Staff | 01.16.2018 @2:55pm

Former Minnesota governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty announced that he will not be running for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat in 2018, during an interview on Tuesday.

“I am very interested in public service and service for the common good. There are a lot of ways to do that. But I’ll tell you today that running for the United States Senate in 2018 won’t be part of those plans,” Pawlenty told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto.

There was speculation that Pawlenty would run for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) earlier this year.

Franken was forced to resign from the Senate after multiple women came forward and accused the former comedian of groping or trying to kiss them.

Republican strategists believed that Pawlenty would give the party its best opportunity to flip Minnesota in 2018.

Cavuto pressed Pawlenty on his decision not to run for seat, citing the relatively weak field of Republicans who are contemplating a run for Franken’s seat.

Pawlenty cited the short amount of time between now and election day as a significant obstacle for any Republican candidate hoping to run a competitive race, while reiterating his interest in public service.

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