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Republicans are already starting their dash toward the 2012 White House to try to oust Obama.

Minnesota’s Governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator John Ensign of Nevada look like their trying on their presidential candidates’ hats although neither will yet admit to intentions of running.

This morning, Pawlenty announced he won’t seek another term as governer of the Midwestern state still in contention over its Senate seat between Franken and Coleman.  Yesterday, Ensign visited Iowa, the first state to cast votes (in its caucus) for presidential contenders.

Both people are likable and, though conservative, not overboard to turn off the middle.

The Associated Press: AP Sources: Minn. governor won’t seek third term.

Examiner.com: 2012 race starts with Ensign visit