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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is out today with a Web video lauding the tea party movement as filled with energy and being a force for change, a nod to conservatives as he prepares to launch a presidential bid.

Pawlenty, who was the only top-tier 2012 candidate courting Tea Party Patriots members at their first-ever policy summit in Phoenix over the weekend, called the movement “a great addition to the conservative coalition.”

“The tea party is a welcome, helpful, energetic, forward-leaning organization,” Pawlenty says in the video, which also features Ronald Reagan.

This is not the first production coming from Pawlenty’s team. Last month he released a scored video that seemed more like a movie trailer as he made a trip through the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire.

Watch the new video, which his team teased as being from “Tea-Paw,” keying off Pawlenty’s nickname:

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