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From left, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Tom Donohue, former Minnesota Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, and, Jeffrey Zients of the Office of Management and Budget, walk from the White House after a meeting with White House staff regarding the fiscal cliff, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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From left, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Tom Donohue, former Minnesota Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, and, Jeffrey Zients of the Office of Management and Budget, walk from the White House after a meeting with White House staff regarding the fiscal cliff, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. He has resigned as a national co-chairman of Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and ruled out any 2014 political races in Minnesota. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. He has resigned as a national co-chairman of Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and ruled out any 2014 political races in Minnesota. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, thanks former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, formerly one of Mr. Romney's rivals in the White House race, for his endorsement during a news conference in North Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Sunday he's told Mitt Romney's campaign that he is not interested in running as vice president. (Associated Press)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Sunday he's told Mitt Romney's campaign that he is not interested in running as vice president. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, thanks former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, formerly one of Mr. Romney's rivals in the White House race, for his endorsement during a news conference in North Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week" that he would drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. He finished a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. "I wish it would have been different," he said. (ABC News via Associated Press)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Republican presidential candidates former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks as Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, listens during the Iowa GOP/Fox News Debate at the CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool)

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Tim Pawlenty served as "guest pork chef" for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. (Associated Press)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks to local residents at The Sports Page bar & grill in Indianola, Iowa, on July 20. He is among Republican presidential candidates refusing to sign a pledge denouncing gay marriage. But gay activists intend to eventually pin him down on his attitude. (Associated Press)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is among nine Republicans presidential candidates jockeying for position in next month's straw poll in Ames, Iowa.

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** FILE ** Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks to local residents at The Sports Page bar & grill, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS "This will have a lot to say about the shape of the race," Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Monday of the upcoming Iowa straw poll. "It will be kind of the opening salvo in the race. And Iowa is in the position to be the launching pad."