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Reaction to Pawlenty plans comes quickly

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ST. PAUL - Within minutes of word leaking that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty would announce that he would not seek a third term, national political writers began reacting.

Here is a sampling of news stories and blogs:

The decision to avoid a potentially difficult re-election bid next year will almost certainly be seen as the first step in a possible presidential run in 2012.

-- CNN

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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