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Pawlenty's Online Rounds Include Facebook Town Hall, BigGovernment.com

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 30 2010

Republican presidential possibility Tim Pawlenty is getting a ton of coverage for his announcement yesterday that he'll tomorrow hold a "town hall" meeting on Facebook. Here's a selection of the attention the Minnesota governor's digital event is getting, from the AP, CNN, Mashable, Talking Points Memo, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and MSNBC. According to an organizer, the event at 7:15 eastern time will blend live video streaming with Facebook's instant messaging capabilities. You can follow along on Facebook.com/timpawlenty.

Pawlenty has made a point of baking new media right into his politics since he announced that he wouldn't be seeking re-election in Minnesota in 2010. Others have done similar events on Facebook; the White House, for one, regularly holds Facebook chats with a video component, and CNN talks about how Joe Wilson did something similar after the "You lie" episode. But sources say that this the first time that someone with presidential aspirations is doing a town hall-style event on Facebook. Of course, Pawlenty hasn't declared himself for 2012 yet. Maybe that's what "major announcement" promised in the invitation to the event will be about.

In other e-T-Paw news, Pawlenty's blog outreach is now extending to Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, where the governor blogged this morning about "stopping runaway Washington spending one seat at a time."

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