Pawlenty heads to Iowa, N.H. on book tour

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is the latest rumored 2012 hopeful to take his book tour through some key Republican primary states.

According to a schedule released by Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC, the governor will kick off the tour for his book Courage to Stand in early January.

After launching the tour, Pawlenty has planned stops in New Hampshire and Iowa, along with Florida, Ohio and Texas during the first month of 2011.

The website for Pawlenty's political action committee features the first excerpt from the book, in which Pawlenty recounts a story of how he "tossed my cookies" due to the stench of rotting beef while helping his father earn some extra cash by cleaning truck trailers at the age of 12.

The book tours of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) also included swings through Iowa and some other early primary states.

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