Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in a web video Sunday night, will use his first presidential campaign appearance Monday to chargePresident Barack Obama has clearly failed.
"President Barack Obama's policies have failed," he was to say. Excerpts of the speech, to be given later Monday, were released earlier. "But more than that, he won't even tell us the truth about what it's really going to take to get us out of the mess we're in...I'm going to take a different approach. I'm going to tell you the truth."
Pawlenty was to speak in Des Moines. Iowa, which shares a long border with Minnesota, is crucial to his White House hopes.
Iowa traditionally holds the nation's first caucus, and a win there would give the little-known, understated Pawlenty an instant national boost.
In his speech Monday, he planned to paint himself as a uniter and a sharp contrast to Obama.
The nation, Pawlenty said, "is just running out of money." The government hit its $14.3 trillion debt limit last week, and is expected to run out of borrowing authority August 2. Congress is now struggling to craft legislation to raise the limit.
Pawlenty called himself as a uniter, someone who moved "a liberal state in a conservative direction.:"
"In Washington, Barack Obama has consistently stood for higher taxes, more spending, more government, more powerful special interests and less individual freedom," he said.