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McCain campaign veterans signing up with Pawlenty

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Top policy advisers and strategists from Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign have agreed to help Gov.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Top policy advisers and strategists from Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign have agreed to help Gov. Tim Pawlenty host his first political action committee fundraiser, according to The Hill.

“Shoring up the party’s brightest political minds early could prove to be an integral step toward mounting a presidential bid,” The Hill writes. “He’s also making his first official trip of the new presidential cycle to Iowa next month, another important move.”

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Randy Scheunemann, Bo Harmon, Jon Seaton and Terry Nelson are among the McCain veterans who are now getting behind Pawlenty, who may face competition from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, according to The Hill.