Pataki to New Hampshire after Iowa trip
July 26th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Pataki to New Hampshire after Iowa trip

(CNN) – Need another sign that former New York Gov. George Pataki is once again flirting with a bid for the Republican presidential nomination?

If so, here it is: One week after making stops in Iowa, the state that votes first in the presidential primary and caucus calendar, he's now heading to New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

Starting Wednesday, Pataki will spend two days in the Granite State, holding meetings, doing radio interviews and speaking Thursday at a roundtable discussion at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on the national debt ceiling crisis. That discussion is being hosted by No American Debt, which touts itself as "an organization that seeks to advance the national dialogue about America's debt crisis." Pataki is honorary chairman of the group.

"Governor Pataki's focus has been on encouraging solutions to America's debt crisis but he has been deeply disappointed by the President's failure to lead and continues to weigh a run," No American Debt spokesman David Catalfamo tells CNN.

Pataki flirted with a run for the GOP nomination in the 2008 cycle but decided against a bid. Earlier this year he ruled out a run in 2012, but then reversed himself.

Pataki won election as New York State governor in 1994. He was reelected in 1998 and 2002.

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Filed under: 2012 • George Pataki • Iowa • New Hampshire
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Boytjie

    Oh phuleeeze, not him too.

    July 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    I didn't like him as a governor and I know I certainly won't like him as POTUS.

    July 26, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Former Republican

    Another waste of time and money!

    July 26, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Phil in KC

    Yeah – that's what we need – another Republican in the race! Actually, as a Democrat, I say the more the merrier. Let them splinter their party.

    July 26, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    No way. Pataki left NY with an approval rating in the mid 30's, and there is no way he could even be considered for VP. I live in NY-26, and the thought that he is even contemplating a run makes Republicans here laugh. He's in favor of abortion rights adn gun control: maybe they will throw him Health and Human Services, but, since there is no chance of the GOP winning in 2012, he had better concentrate on his farm in Peekskill and his law practice.

    July 26, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Another pathetic rethug running on slamming the President. What's the news here.

    July 26, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    I see he can criticize the president and I see he also cannot criticize his own GOBP. Get a clue Pataki, you can't have a serious discussion about the debt when you fail to address how your own "party" of cultists refuse to raise revenues or otherwise call on corporations and the ultrarich to share in the sacrifices you are asking the rest of us to make.

    July 26, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Another Republican joins the circus of clowns in hopes that Americans are stupid enough to vote them back into office to continue their demise of social security, medicare, student loans, etc. while holding onto the Bush era tax cuts for rich on the backs of the Middle Class.

    July 26, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Pataki created the deficit ridden mess inherited by Eliot Spitzer and then David Paterson, the nation's first blind governer. Pataki was a disaster to school districts across the state, particularly those in urban areas. Under his administration the NYC school system, which was independent of NYC for historical budget reasons, was well on its' way to going belly up because of budget cuts. NYC had to absorb the public school district to keep it afloat because the state basically killed it. Local property taxes, which go towards local schools, went through the roof to make up for the cuts Pataki made.

    July 26, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Oh, great Googly-Moogly, not another Republican! The only reason people have somewhat fond memories of him is they had the Spitzer and Paterson Comedy Hour to allow them to forget how this guy royally screwed things up when he was in charge. Now he wants to join the field of Wannabes for the White House. Gee, I miss the good old days when Nelson Rockefeller was Governor, and considered political office as a responsibility of his social standing – not as a stepping stone to something else.

    July 26, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    It would appear that finally there is a sane member of the GOP considering the nomination.

    But reading his bio I saw "pro-choice" in the same sentence with his name.

    Oops.

    July 26, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |