February 4th, 2008
02:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Former NY governor once fought, now backs, McCain bid

Pataki endorsed McCain Monday.

Pataki endorsed McCain Monday.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Former New York Gov. George Pataki – who once led the fight to keep John McCain off the presidential primary ballot in the state – endorsed the Arizona senator’s White House bid Monday in New York City.

The former governor had largely faded from political life since abandoning plans for a presidential run of his own last year.

In 2000, Pataki – one of President Bush’s chief New York supporters – said that McCain had not met the state’s stiff ballot access requirements, and that they could not be waived. After protracted legal discussions between attorneys for the Arizona senator and the state party, he ultimately abandoned that position in time for McCain to appear on the ballot.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. kevin from alaska

    More proof to the maxim that McCain will do anything to get elected.

    February 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Waytogo

    Oprah can do what she want and still collect bilions a year. Even Obama can not manage the country well, she still collect the money. So she does not care if Obama is right person for the job and just care Obama gets the job. So for Kennedys who have millions in their bank accounts.

    We from working families, have to consider who is ready for the job. Would you believe a person with one year Senator experience can manage this country? I do not buy it.

    It is a real life issue not just good story.

    February 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ah this guy Pataki has a great foresight,
    what the heck did the New Yorkers ever see in this guy?

    February 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. go figure

    Bush supports flock to McCain.

    February 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Jacque Bauer

    Another great reason to support Mitt Romney!!!

    February 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Laurinda

    Oh who cares who Pataki endorses. We got him out of office because he wasn't a very good governor. Mc Cain will not be our president because he is an old fuddy dutty. He wants to stay in Iraq, so he should go over there and become their president. I'm sure that they have Geritol and sunlamps over there for him.

    February 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. David....Nevada

    It's the economy stupid... Another bad day on wall street for you non believers..
    Romney for economic and responsible immigration...

    February 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Moosejaw

    Nobody cares what George Pataki thinks. About anything.

    February 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Renaisauce

    Way to give in, Pataki. Will someone please have the guts to support a more reasonable choice in spite of the polls? We really don't have to vote for this guy.

    February 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. G Waggerby

    I have nothing against Bill Clinton, I just think he would interfer if Hillary was the president or Vice President.
    I don't even think Hillary would be good in either jobs if she was not married to Bill. Her marriage to Bill has nothing to do with my feelings. I just don;t think she is a good canidate, and I am not sure what ever spurred her to think she is.
    I think she should just be happy being the senator of New York.

    February 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. USMC Retired in Texas

    McLiar and Rev $huckKkaBee have been given their marching orders by the Clinton/GE/NBC family...(force Romney out at ALL COST) Romney doesn't stand a chance....McLiar and Rev $huckKkaBee will receive their respective rewards after the Clinton Clan has been properly crowned and annointed the Royal Family once more. Cabinet posts for all, right McHuckKkUhKaneUhBee's???? Must be nice to not ever have to WORK for a living like HONEST people do.

    February 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Martin Senecal

    Her emotions being shown on her sleve may seem endearing to some, but to those who have served in the public arena, it is regretable and a sign of deeper issues. None good.............

    February 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Hillphil

    With all the endorsements for mccain they must for sure want the Democrats to have the white house
    Even though I'm a Republican if mccain is nominated I will vote Democrat

    February 4, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Kevin B

    I think the "band wagon" affect and endless reporting of polls and endorsements is undermining our democracy.

    The media keeps telling us who to vote for (McCain and Obama)

    -why the front page and headlines for them?!?!

    Why not report the issues and let voters decide!!!
    -let the poll taken on election day be the only one you report.
    -endorsements and polls are not news, it is mind control.


    February 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Justin

    Is there some brown on Pitaki's nose?

    February 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain is too old and brings nothing new to the table. What are you people thinking about.

    February 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Kiki

    To Waytogo:

    Hello, this is a blog about McCain, not Obama.

    February 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Tom, Boston MA

    birds of a feather... vultures flocking following the smell...

    February 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. whatsitToyou

    Okay this article shouts out to me..McCain is going to do me a big favor if he is elected!

    February 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. AJ, IL

    Wow! These guys (Republican Party leaders) either really don't like Romney or Hillary!

    February 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Russell Fox

    I cant understand why im so anti McCain where i once was a supporter..Ever since i watched the calif debate, and saw his smirkeness, and rude to Ron Paul and he looked like he had an attituded problem im am convinced after the debate hes not our man....Hows it go...Im not his friend, Im not a foot soldier, Im not a straight shooter so therfore i must be the best canadate...Let see if they ask me a tuff question i just relate to my service, and being a prisoner, and the most experienced in miliatry ....I will just ever now and then say my friends i will protect you from terrrrrrrrrrror, that always get them...I cant talk about the economy but i do have a lot of endorsements i just mention those..names ..Let see they keep asking about immigration but i will just take the stance we have to secure our borders first, that will hold them for a while....but i wont say if my bill comes thru with liberman i will vote against it, i will just tell them that it wont come before the senate...I can go on this is the man you want......Well Good Luck Fat chance ....Independents will have a lot to say about him......Change yes we can and independent.

    February 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Martin Padilla

    Obama talks a very good game and makes a lot of sense in what he is determined to do if elecxted, but I just have a feeling he cannot accomplish one half of what he wants to do. It appears to me he is not aware of how the system works on congress to get something done, even after a couple of years as a senator. He will in time make an excellent president, but defenitely should get more experience before taking on the establishment and attempts to make the changes he which he wants to make and should be made for the sake of the American people. Hillary has an advantage as she has met and involved with a good number of government officials and other dignataries from all over the world and has the necessary experience on how to deal with then. Look at the mess we are presently in after electing an individual without experience. Vote for Hilary on February 5th. Thanks Martin

    February 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. David....Nevada

    ABC..anybody but mcCain... If Mc get the nomination most real conservatives despising the man, will go vote for someone else..

    February 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. apollo

    If McCain had won Maine, the media would have called it a devastating blow. Romney's win puts him within 6 delegates.

    Tomorrow will be exciting. Best wishes to all the candidates.

    February 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Billy


    February 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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