June 3, 2011 / 7:39 PM / in 6 years

Pawlenty to give economic address in Chicago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will deliver what is being billed as a major economic policy address next Tuesday in Chicago.

<p>Republican presidential contender Tim Pawlenty makes remarks to the Cato Institute in Washington, May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst</p>

A Pawlenty aide said the conservative former governor of Minnesota will offer a “specific plan for boosting the economy and creating jobs.”

“His speech will include a plan to balance the federal budget, overhaul the federal tax code, reduce regulation and increase American innovation and investment,” the aide said.

Pawlenty and other Republican candidates for 2012 are seeking to take political advantage of President Barack Obama’s struggles to turn around the economy, which is sagging under 9.1 percent unemployment.

Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign is headquartered in Chicago.

Reporting by Steve Holland, Editing by Sandra Maler

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