Tim Pawlenty Expected To Announce Formation Of 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee Today

Will make the announcement at 3:00 p.m. on his Facebook page

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to make his presidential intentions official on Monday by announcing the formation of a presidential exploratory committe, a source close to Pawlenty told ABC News.

Pawlenty will make the announcement on his Facebook page at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

The Republican former governor has been traveling the country in recent months, focusing on early nominating states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and fine-tuning his message to potential GOP presidential primary voters.

While not an official declaration of his candidacy, the exploratory commitee allows Pawlenty to begin testing the waters for a Republican presidential bid. Pawlenty will file papers with the Federal Election Commision on Monday to put the committee in place, according to a Pawlenty aide