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All smiles, Tim Pawlenty announces Tuesday he will not run for Minnesota governor again. Looking on are his wife, Mary, and their older daughter, 16-year-old Anna. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Pawlenty 'not ruling anything in or out'

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ST. PAUL - Tim Pawlenty rules out another run for Minnesota governor, but keeps the door open for offices such as the presidency.

"I still have lots of energy and ideas," Pawlenty said to a packed Tuesday news conference. "But being governor should not be a permanent position for someone. When it comes to how long someone should stay in an elected position, a little less is better than too much."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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