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Published February 22 2009

Pawlenty, two other GOP governors don't say no to bids for president

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is among three Republican governors who are refusing to rule out running for president in 2012.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said he's learned never to predict the future.

Sanford says he has no plan to run and that it's not likely he will. Yet he says that he's learned never to guarantee tomorrow when you don't know tomorrow.

Pawlenty also refused to rule out a bid. He says he is thinking about running for re-election in 2010, and that if he were to win, people would expect him to serve out his term.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a similar approach.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Jindal said he plans to seek re-election in 2011 — but he would not give a yes-or-no answer when asked if he wants to be president.


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