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Associated Press, Published June 11 2010

Pawlenty on ‘Daily Show’

NEW YORK – Republican Tim Pawlenty passed on the chance to poke a potential presidential rival during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

Host Jon Stewart playfully suggested Thursday that Pawlenty’s national aspirations may have been helped if he left the Minnesota governor’s office mid-term – a veiled reference at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who resigned with more than a year to go in her term. Palin has been on the paid speaking circuit while dabbling in GOP politics.

Pawlenty told Stewart “most people finish out their term. There’s always exceptions.” He called his job “a great honor.”

The interview that aired Thursday night also touched on government spending and education.

Pawlenty’s New York trip included fundraising and private meetings before a scheduled Saturday return to Minnesota.

Pawlenty says he’ll announce next year if he’s running for president. He decided against seeking a third term this year.

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