Pawlenty's Evangelical Appeal

He doesn't talk about it much, but the governor's faith could resonate in Iowa

Did you know that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is an Evangelical Christian? You might not, since he doesn't showcase it in political speeches, but Hotline OnCall's Felicia Sonmez chronicles how Pawlenty's faith could be an asset in the 2012 race for the GOP White House nomination.

Pawlenty's pastor, at a non-denominational Christian church in Minnesota, also heads the 30-million-member National Association of Evangelicals. Evangelical Christians have a strong presence in Iowa, the most likely spot for Pawlenty to make a splash if he enters the 2012 race, a la Mike Huckabee's surprise victory there in 2008. Pawlenty doesn't talk about it much, but if the word gets out--and if his beliefs resonate with fellow Evangelicals as he's asked about social issues--some Republican voters in Iowa could find themselves identifying strongly with the Midwestern governor.