(PHOENIX) -- Former Minnesota governor and likely 2012 Republican presidential contender Tim Pawlenty is taking his message directly to the Tea Party this weekend in a speech that could help make or break his popularity with one of the movement’s largest groups.
Pawlenty is set to deliver a keynote address at the Tea Party Patriots’ first annual policy conference in Phoenix, Ariz. on Saturday. He plans to thank Tea Party supporters for their role in the Republican Party’s sweeping midterm election victories last November.
"The Tea Party is concerned with holding a line on taxes and spending, and restoring limited government -- all priorities for Governor Pawlenty,” an aide to the former governor told ABC News. “The Governor will reiterate his call to hold the line on the debt ceiling, repeal Obamacare and stand up to public employees' unions. He'll talk about his record of conservative success in a liberal state.”
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