05/22/2011 06:34 pm ET Updated Jul 22, 2011

Tim Pawlenty 2012 Campaign Previews Official Announcement (VIDEO)

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty released a web video on Sunday previewing his plans to kick off a campaign for president of the United States.

The Republican hopeful is expected to officially declare his candidacy at a town hall in the key early primary state of Iowa on Monday.

"We need a president who understands that our problems are deep, and has the courage to face them. President Obama does not. I do," Pawlenty says in a note accompanying the clip. "Announcing my presidential campaign at a town hall in Iowa, I will begin a campaign that tells the American people the truth. Together, we will change this country, and this time it'll be for the better."

News of Pawlenty's decision to enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination should come as no surprise. The former governor launched a presidential exploratory committee earlier this year and has made no attempt to hide his political ambitions.