Published: Jun 23, 2011 6:48 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 23, 2011 6:48 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is targeting Florida Republicans with a mailer that says investing in his presidential campaign will pay off if it prevents President Barack Obama from leading the country into financial crisis.

It began arriving in mailboxes this week as GOP rival former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman set up his presidential headquarters in Florida.

In it, Pawlenty says he will eliminate the national deficit and debt and fix entitlement programs. He also says Obama wants to follow Greece into bankruptcy.

The mail piece reads, "An investment of $1,500, $1,000 or $500 will have seemed like a small price to help preserve America."

Florida helped deliver the GOP nomination for Sen. John McCain in 2008 and again plans to hold an early primary.

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