Nothing like a book tour to further one's presidential ambitions.
Tim Pawlenty just released the dates of his upcoming nationwide tour, in which he'll promote the forthcoming "Courage to Stand," due for Jan. 11 release by Christian book publishing house Tyndale House Publishers*.
As you'll notice, the tour dates carry a distinctly presidential flavor: He'll visit Iowa and New Hampshire, plus the also-important primary state of Florida (graveyard of Giuliani's 2008 campaign), as well as electorally weighty Texas and Ohio. He'll kick it off with a media tour, including appearances on The Daily Show and The View.
Pawlenty has done as much traveling as any other 2012 contender. Over the past year and a half, he's been to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida. And he's taken flak for it from Minnesota Democrats who've accused him of being absent from the state and derelict in his gubernatorial duties.
Here are the dates for his tour:
Thursday, 1/13 (Washington, DC)
Speak at National Press Club, Washington, DC
Book signing, Washington, DC
Friday, 1/14 (Florida)
Speak at the Hispanic Leadership Network Inaugural Conference, Miami, FL
Book signing, Tampa, FL
Tuesday, 1/18 (Minnesota)
Book signing, Woodbury, MN
Thursday, 1/20 (Texas)
Book signing, Dallas, TX
Friday, 1/21 (Texas)
Book signing, Dallas, TX
Book signing, Houston, TX
Monday, 1/24 (New Hampshire)
Merrimack County GOP Dinner, Concord, NH
Book signing, Manchester, NH
Tuesday, 1/25 (New Hampshire)
Politics & Eggs, Bedford, NH
Thursday, 1/27 (Minnesota)
Book signing, Burnsville, MN
Book signing, St. Cloud, MN
Saturday, 1/29 (Ohio)
12th Annual Hamilton County Pancake Breakfast, Cincinnati, OH
Sunday, 1/30 (Iowa)
Book signing, Ankeny, IA
Waukee Chamber of Commerce Dinner
Monday, 1/31 (Iowa)
Book signing, West Des Moines, IA
Tyndale's promotional blurb, available on the publisher's website, leaves little doubt as to the presidential implications of the book's release:
Long before he was considered a top prospective presidential candidate for 2012--even before he landed on John McCain's short list of potential running mates in 2008--Governor Tim Pawlenty had already earned legendary status in conservative circles. In his hard-left-leaning home state of Minnesota, the man known as "T-Paw" somehow erased a $4.8-billion budget deficit while simultaneously reforming health care, creating jobs, improving education, and supporting renewable energy reform--all without raising taxes.
In Courage to Stand, Pawlenty reveals, for the first time, how he found the resolve to get the job done, taking readers all the way back to the lessons he learned as a boy in the gritty meatpacking town of South St. Paul. From the devastating early death of his mother to the struggle to work his way through college and law school and his epic political battles as governor, Pawlenty opens up about his deepest beliefs and shares his vision for a better America.
*TRIVIA FACT: The Tyndale Bible, translated by William Tyndale in 16th Century England, is recognized by scholars as the first mass-produced English Bible translation. The Catholic Church condemned it, apparently out of fear that the wide availability of the text would diminish the clergy's power and spread Protestant ideas. It only consisted of the New Testament and the Pentateuch + Jonah, Wikipedia tells me. Tyndale went into hiding, carrying on translation work in continental Europe, but was eventually betrayed to secular and clerical authorities in Antwerp, who executed him in 1536. A cross would have been more suitable than an asterisk for this footnote.