It's something presidential contenders tend to do: endorse candidates for Senate or House, pledging support from their own political organizations and asking supporters to pitch in with funds.

And that's what Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has done today, asking his supporters to give money to Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the former House Republican whip who is running in one of the more highly touted Senate races of 2010, the Missouri race against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) to replace retiring Sen. Kit Bond (R).

Pawlenty formed his Freedom First PAC last year with the intent of delivering money to GOP candidates of his choosing.

Blunt's campaign e-mailed out the following endorsement video today, with Pawlenty's name in the "from" line of the e-mail: