On the heels of his speech at the Tea Party Patriots’ policy summit in Phoenix over the weekend, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has released a new video designed to highlight his solidarity with the tea party movement’s cause.
Titled, “Tea Party: A New Birth Of Freedom,” the online video opens with shots of rally-goers in Washington, D.C., waving “Don’t Tread On Me” flags as Pawlenty describes the grassroots movement as a “great addition to the conservative coalition and the coalition for change in this country.”
The theatrical 85-second video posted on Pawlenty’s YouTube page was produced and edited in a similar fashion to two other online videos that the likely GOP presidential candidate has previously rolled out, which touted his broad vision for the country and support of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s union standoff respectively.
“We, the people of the United States, will rise up again,” Pawlenty says in a highlight of his Phoenix speech, which is featured in the new video. “We will take back our government. This is our country. Our Founding Fathers created it, Americans embraced it, Ronald Reagan personified it, and Lincoln stood courageously to protect it.”
The latest video appeared designed primarily to reintroduce Pawlenty to tea party voters, who may not be as familiar with the former Minnesota governor’s record and movement conservative bona fides as they are with some of the other prospective candidates’ grassroots credentials.
But the video is also clearly part of a broader effort to rejigger Pawlenty’s image. Often described as an easygoing, mild-mannered Midwestern politician, Pawlenty has been working to exhibit a more fiery side as he looks to feed off the passion of the tea party movement in advance of his likely announcement of a presidential run.
“Now and as ever, this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom,” Pawlenty shouts in the video, his voice growing hoarse. “Our government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth, and America will remain the greatest country the world has ever known.”