Pawlenty returning home

Gov. Tim Pawlenty returns to Minnesota today after visiting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The men and women in the United States military and their families deserve our deepest gratitude and respect,” Pawlenty said. “To paraphrase Isaiah, over the course of our nation’s history we have asked, ‘Who will go for us?’ These incredible people stand up, volunteer and say, ‘Here I am. Send me.’ The thoughts and prayers of all Minnesotans continue to be with the men and women serving on our behalf around the world.”

While in the two war-torn countries, the Republican governor also visited with diplomats and military leaders.

Pawlenty traveled with Govs. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., Jay Nixon, D-Mo., Rick Perry, R-Texas, and Pat Quinn, D-Ill. The Defense Department invited them on the trip, which included the U.S. military hospital at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Kuwait.

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