Ex-Minnesota governor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, has been reaching out to tea party audiences, according to the Associated Press.
Pawlenty's goal is to win the GOP nomination, and to do this he will need to gain the support from diverse groups of people, the Associated Press reported.
At a tea party rally on Saturday, Pawlenty talked to around 200 tea party supporters about spending and the reach of government, according the Star Tribune.
Pawlenty told the Associated Press that he was reaching out to the tea party to introduce himself because he feels unknown to communities outside of Minnesota.
The Star Tribune reports that Pawlenty was well recieved by the crowd.