Tim Pawlenty Announces Preliminary Presidential Bid

Tim Pawlenty’s announcement video is what you would expect of a relative unknown seeking the Republican nomination: Biographical details, pictures of Ronald Reagan, patriotic images and vows to “take the government back.” What is different is that it is much more cinematic than we saw from 2008 contenders, like Hillary Clinton, who merely stared at the camera and said she was “in it to win it.” Announcing the formation of an exploratory committee on Facebook this morning, Pawlenty appears to realize that a simple declaration just isn’t going to cut it.

Update: The man behind the video is Lucas Baiano, who already has drawn attention for other projects he’s done for Pawlenty and other Republicans, some of which resemble action movie trailers. The Huffington Post’s Jon Ward wrote last week that Baiano is a rarity in GOP circles, who generally lag behind Democrats in visual style. Baiano, who is just 23, aspires to make feature films.

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  1. Iguana Hollywwod says:

    Team Pawlenty’s video presentation reminds me of the scene from the “Parallax View” with Warren Beatty. Beatty’s character, an investigative journalist, tries to infiltrate an organization that hires men that have potential to be “hit men”. This organization is all part of a major conspiracy of big business and politics. So, Beatty character takes a series of job qualifying tests in order to join the mysterious organization.
    One the tests are to monitors Beatty’s character’s blood pressure for his emotional responses to the images while watching a big screen film. Beatty’s character watches many of the same images that Team Pawlenty uses: workers, cities, farms, American flags, sun rises, montage of honest sincere faces along with stirring music, sweet music and determined music.
    Although in the film Beatty’s character is watching other photos are juxtaposed to the wholesome images that are much darker, such as, war, funerals, sexual suggestions, depression era, poor people and suggestions of violence in the home.
    The point of the film Warren Beatty’s character is watching was to help determine if he had anti social, paranoia, psychotic tendencies based on the images he is seeing.
    As for Team Pawlenty’s video, which is indeed very cinematic, but what’s the point.
    Iguana Hollywood

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