Pawlenty Book Launch Takes Him Back to Iowa, NH

By Staff | December 10, 2010 | 6:05 AM EST

St. Paul, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to spend two days each in Iowa and New Hampshire during an upcoming tour to promote his forthcoming book.

Excerpts of "Courage to Stand" and details of the corresponding rollout tour were announced Friday. The likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate's book is due out Jan. 11.

The released excerpts lean heavily on his upbringing in a meatpacking town. Pawlenty writes about getting used to the stench of rotting meat when helping his father clean truck trailers that carried beef.

After the book's release, Pawlenty immediately leaves on a multi-state tour with stops in early presidential voting states New Hampshire and Iowa. Pawlenty begins the tour with appearances on such TV programs as "The Daily Show" and "The View."