Pawlenty's announcement--in a web video--is entitled "A Time for Truth," demonstrating that--especially in Rebuplican hands--veracity is an elastic concept. Think of how Gingrich said that anyone who quoted his comments on Paul Ryan's budget proposal would be spreading a falsehood. According to Pawlenty, this country is in big trouble. Some of us would say that's because Obama and the Democrats have had only a couple of years to undo the disaster that was W. Or we might say that Pawlenty's words are really meant as a preduction of the future: what would happen if he and his party take over the White House and enshrine ignorance in the Oval Office.
(Note that Pawlenty is running in the Rebuplican presidential race. That's not the same as the race for the presidency. As the public learns more and more about what the GOPhers want to do to the nation, the possibility that Mr. Obama will be defeated next year diminishes with each passing day.)