Pataki to Iowa Saturday amid talk of presidential bid
August 22nd, 2011
09:34 PM ET
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Pataki to Iowa Saturday amid talk of presidential bid

(CNN) - George Pataki heads to Iowa Saturday to speak at a major GOP gathering, amid word that the former New York governor is getting serious about making a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

A Polk County, Iowa Republican official tells CNN that Pataki will speak Saturday at the group's GOP picnic, which will be held at the Iowa State fairgrounds in Des Moines. The official also says that he was told by Pataki's office that the former three-term governor “would have something to say” about a presidential bid. An aide close to Pataki confirms the former governor will attend the event.

This comes as advisers close to Pataki say he is seriously considering jumping into the race for the White House. Earlier this year Pataki launched a political action committee, No American Debt, and he has made numerous trips to Iowa, which kicks off the caucus and primary calendar, and New Hampshire, which votes second in the race for the nomination.

Pataki flirted with a run for the GOP nomination in the 2008 cycle, making a number of trips to the early voting states, but he eventually decided against a bid. Earlier this year he ruled out a run in 2012, but then reversed himself. Pataki was elected governor of New York in 1994 and re-elected in 1998 and 2002.

Many GOP strategists give Pataki, a more moderate Republican from the Northeast, little chance of winning the nomination if he jumps into the campaign.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the presidency, and Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan, who launched a presidential bid earlier this summer, are also scheduled to speak at the Polk County GOP picnic.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Not a chance !

    August 22, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Texas Doc

    The GOP field is like a clown car, just when you think you have seen them all another clown climbs out! It will be fun watching them tear each other down. They will try and out tea bag each other and destroy what is left of the GOP. Good riddance.

    August 22, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Damien

    The wettest of noodles.

    August 22, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Bob

    Another one who has no chance of getting the nomination. At least Pawlenty knew he was a loser...

    August 22, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rick Perry wants less Government but the only job he's had is a Government job, I'd say government has been pretty darn good to him, he's rich. So any other Republican candidates your campaign doesn't count when you say you want less government, just say you want more Government money because it's the only gift that keeps giving. How can people be so stupid to listen to politicians who say they want less Government when they are fighting like H to get into Government and close to perks and lobbyist money for the rest of their lives. Wakeup people, they are pimping you.

    August 22, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. OH GREAT

    Another wannabe/hasbeen wants to join the great American laughing stock otherwise known as the GOP presidential race.

    August 22, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Jen

    this guy could help new york state and he thinks he can be president. I don't think so. he is another republican loser.

    August 22, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He won't win anything unless he buys a lottery ticket.

    August 22, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ← Romney schedules jobs address
    At the same time President Obama will express…
    what he would do about the job crisis
    Once again the RIGHT would try to trample his process!!

    No RESPECT for the President of the United States – There NEVER was and NEVER will be from the RIGHT. MITTens is always a “day later” and is never “on time” – He lives off everyone else’s thoughts because he does not have a mind of his own…..LOSER!

    ↑ Pataki to Iowa Saturday amid talk of presidential bid
    Maybe the RIGHT should throw in the POTS and PANS to see what else would stick!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 22, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. iTALIAN NONNO

    A Pataki,.. a Pawlenty, a Palin, a Paul,.. do i hear a Punxsutawney Phil????

    August 22, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  11. BeverlyNC

    ALL Republicans should go ahead and run – they might find ONE credible person in there somewhere. So far all they have are extremist lunatics who want to kill Social Security, Medicare, and all people programs that provide public safety (like the EPA, the FDA, the CDC, etc). They also want to keep taking away our rights. In the Republican states they have killed worker rights, killed womens rights and have even taken away your right to VOTE. Better check to see if you can still vote in your state.
    Republicans have NOTHING to offer – NO JOBS, NO ECONOMIC RECOVERY, BLOCKED EVERY PIECE OF LEGISLATION DEMOCRATS TRIED TO BRING FORWARD – INCLUDING 3 JOBS BILLS.
    When the Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly said his "sole goal is to destroy Obama" – then how much time has he spent on the issues facing the PEOPLE and our nation? The answer is NONE. Not one solution. Not one idea. Not one bill. Just constant Obama criticism even when the Republicans were for the same thing the week before.
    Republicans are DESTROYING America and the middle class. Today they announced they want to RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS but not one penny on the rich and stiil refuse to end absurd subsidies for oil companies and other companies who need nothing. Republicans protect corporations and stomp all over the American PEOPLE.
    President Obama is fighting for the PEOPLE every sngle day. He cares about ALL Americans – not just the white, rich ones.
    Stand up for yourself and PEOPLE programs. Vote for the Democrats who ARE the Party of the People and have fought to protect you from Republican extremism. Stop listening to desperate Republicans lies. President Obama is a good and decent man who never stops working for the betterment of the lives of We the People. He is the People's President.

    August 23, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  12. CBR

    Pataki and Perry battling for the same position. If this is true the Republican primaries will be most interesting.

    August 23, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  13. huxley

    The GOP is rolling their 20 sided dice...

    OMG they rolled a 0!!

    It looks like Bachmann will be the next GOP Presidential candidate.

    August 23, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  14. Reynald

    Being a New Yorker I would not vote for him

    August 23, 2011 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  15. sara

    Oh Lord, another fake opportunist that is betting against America for self-gains.

    August 23, 2011 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  16. Lindsey

    Pataki is going on vacation. He's not running.

    August 23, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Another stiff DOA wingnut to distract us from the fact that Snookie Palin is coming after Bachmann's money and media attention.

    August 23, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  18. Marie MD

    I really and truly believe that all ex republican presidents are rolling in their graves. These people have made a mockery of what once the "grand" old party. It's just a teabagging thingy anymore, ya betcha!

    August 23, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  19. bravado in boston

    Thad who?
    Who?
    The more the merrier.....
    who's that again?

    August 23, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  20. Luke Brown

    Oh okay, I guess I am announcing that I will not be running for President.

    August 23, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |