Pataki decides against White House run
August 26th, 2011
03:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Pataki decides against White House run

Washington (CNN) – Ending months of speculation, former New York Gov. George Pataki said Friday he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Pataki, a three-term governor, said the GOP needs to focus its efforts on finding “serious solutions” to the problems facing the country and he pledged to be a voice in helping advance these ideas, but not as a presidential candidate.

“It is incumbent on our party to come forward with serious solutions to preserve our future and ensure America's continued greatness,” Pataki said in a statement released early Friday afternoon. “I remain committed to the advancement of real, politically viable reforms to entitlements and rolling back the size and cost of the federal government. At this time, I will continue to do this as the leader of No American Debt and not as a candidate for president.”

CNN first reported Pataki’s decision to forgo a presidential bid early Friday morning.

The former New York governor, who had been openly flirting with a bid, was scheduled to appear in Iowa Saturday for a local party fundraiser. He was expected to make his White House intentions known at the Polk County Republican event.

Had Pataki entered the race, his campaign would have centered primarily on fiscal issues as he sought to appeal to centrist Republicans and independent voters. The former governor would have faced an uphill battle for the nomination against better funded and more organized rivals for the GOP nomination such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Pataki said he will continue as the chairman of ‘No America Debt,’ an organization whose primary mission is to “advance the national dialogue about America’s debt crisis.”

“Throughout the coming months I will remain active in this important discussion and support the candidate who offers the vision, the ideas and the leadership to bring an end to America's debt crisis,” he said.


Filed under: 2012 • George Pataki • New York
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Pataki is too moderate to be in the race. Same with Giulianni. You have to be uneducated and stupid to be the republican nominee, ie: Sarah Palin/Michele Bachmann/Rick Perry.

    August 26, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Bryan

    Uh, that's Rudy Guiliani.

    August 26, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Bryan

    Well, it was for a second at least. They fixed the picture

    August 26, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. thomas

    At least god din't talk him into it !

    August 26, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    Who does he think he's kidding? He's not nearly screwed up enough to contend with the fruit-cakes that are getting all the attention from the tea-baggers. yawn..............

    August 26, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Who cares?

    August 26, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Pataki, a three-term governor, said the GOP needs to focus its efforts on finding “serious solutions” to the problems facing the country and he pledged to be a voice in helping advance these ideas, but not as a presidential candidate.
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    George, they already of found their "serious solution." Make Obama a one-term President and put a Republican back in the White House. Come on, man. Get with the program. Your Peekskill ain't Poughkeepsie.

    August 26, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. A Kickin' Donkey

    Yawn – No wait. DOUBLE YAWN

    August 26, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Pataki was an unmitigated disaster in this state. He left with an approval rating of barely 30%, and he oversaw the biggest flood of business in recent memory. Taxes went, up, fees went up, and he left a GOP party behind that is a cipher of what it once was. The party of Jack Kemp, Barber Conable, and Nelson Rockefeller, a party that built things, had great ideas and implemented them, was reduced to the party of Al D'Amato and Chris Lee. Its sad.

    August 26, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Barbara

    On Darn! What a loss!

    August 26, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    "New York Gov. George Pataki said Friday he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination."

    Smart Man!

    August 26, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    Pataki moved too slowly and Bachmann got "The CALLING" interception at the 50 yard line and she has been struggling ever sense. Then Perry got into the game and Bachmann fumbled the "Balling" and Perry recovered it. Perry thought he was going to make it to the end zone when he “gleefully” ran with the ball. President Obama, who is already in the lead, trips Perry at the 1-yard line in the 4th quarter on the 4th down with NO SECONDS left in the game. President Obama wins the 2012 Presidency by 18% and the crowd cheered – “Yes We Can!!!” And people – this is NOT a “would of” – “could of” – and “should of” – JUST FACTS!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    August 26, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |