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All smiles, Tim Pawlenty announces Tuesday he will not run for Minnesota governor again. Looking on are his wife, Mary, and their oldest daughter, 16-year-old Anna. (Don Davis/Capitol Bureau)

Pawlenty says it is time to leave

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not be around for a third term, but today promised to remain active as the state's chief executive.

"This is not a wake," the 48-year-old governor said in announcing he would step down after his second four-year term ends early in 2011.

Pawlenty said he has not thought about what his next political step may be, although Republicans across the country like him as a potential presidential contender.

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