Latest Pawlenty video talks up Tea Party

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) continued creeping toward a run for president, releasing a new video on Tuesday promoting his speech over the weekend at a Tea Party convention.

Pawlenty released a new video, entitled "Tea Party: A New Birth of Freedom," talking up the grassroots conservative activists who fueled Republican victories in 2010, and who may play a large role in the 2012 elections as well.

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"I think the Tea Party is a great addition to the conservative coalition and the coalition for change in this country," Pawlenty said in the video. "I think the Tea Party is a welcome, helpful, energetic, forward-leaning organization."

The video is the latest highly-produced, campaign-like video from Pawlenty, who's seriously considering running for president. The video features dramatic music and image cuts, keeping with the almost movie trailer-like motif that's dominated the Minnesotan's other videos.

This video comes after Pawlenty's speech over the weekend to the American Policy Summit, the first annual gathering sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, a major umbrella group in that movement. Pawlenty placed second in a straw poll of conference attendees, 16 percent of whom said they'd like to see the former governor be the Republican nominee in 2012.

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