NEW YORK (CNN) – Former New York Gov. George Pataki wouldn't say Monday if he is interested in challenging Kirsten Gillibrand for her U.S. Senate seat next year - but didn't rule it out, either.
Asked if he's considering a bid, a coy Pataki wouldn't go any further than: "People have talked to me about a lot of different things."
Pataki's comments came as he was giving the Republican National Committee's response Monday to President Barack Obama's economic speech at Hudson Community College in Troy, New York.
A recent Marist College poll of New York State voters suggests that Pataki leads Gillibrand 48 percent to 44 percent in a hypothetical matchup in next year's Senate race. Pataki's lead in the survey is within the poll's sampling error.
Gillibrand, the congresswoman from upstate New York who was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's former Senate seat, is running in 2010 to serve the final two years of Clinton's term. This summer, Republican Rep. Peter King officially announced that he would not challenge Gillbrand next year.
Pataki says he's in no rush to make any kind of decision regarding a run for elective office.
"For better or worse, the people of this state know me pretty well, so if am am going to make a decision at some point to enter the elective arena i could do it a lot further down the road than now," said the former governor, who served three terms in office from 1995 to 2007.
But Pataki did say he's running for something else: "I am trying to run three to four miles three to four times a week, to get back in shape."