ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:
Tim Pawlenty's campaign has released a new web video that starts with googling "How to tell America you're running for President?"
Maybe give a speech, he wonders aloud, maybe use a podium with his campaign logo on it, or maybe release balloons. Maybe pass out stickers and cupcakes, maybe promise to eliminate the debt and create 10 million jobs and restructure entitlement programs all without making any hard choices…
"Or I could try something different," Pawlenty says. "I could just tell you the truth. The truth is our country's in big trouble. We have far too much debt, too much government spending, and too few jobs. We need a president who understands that our problems are deep and who has the courage to face them. President Obama doesn't. I do."
"Tomorrow my first campaign stop will be in Iowa and that's where I'm going to begin a campaign that tells the American people the truth," he continues. "I'm Tim Pawlenty and I'm running for President of the United States."
He goes on to discuss his mother's death when he was a teenager, his father's job as a truck driver, his experience as the first in his family to go to college, and his time as Minnesota governor.
"I know the American dream because I lived it," he says. "And I know that for it to be there for the next generation we're going to have to do more than just give fancy speeches. We've had three years of that and it's not working.
"Together we'll change our country and this time it'll be for the better," he concludes.
Pawlenty will hold a town hall mid-day Monday in Des Moines, Iowa. Beforehand the GOP contender will appear on "Good Morning America."
Even before his announcement, Pawlenty has been bolstered by recent developments such as Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels both deciding not to enter the race. Pawlenty is now poised to make a strong push for the Hawkeye State and, he hopes, for the Republican nomination in 2012.