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

Former NY governor once fought, now backs, McCain bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/04/art.pataki.gi.jpg caption="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. Michael, Cambridge, NY

    It's back!! I thought we got rid of him last year. Considering Pataki's approval here, this may end up helping Romney or Huckabee or both.

    February 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. john williams san diego, ca.

    there was one brief moment in his life when Pataki was not a loser and that ended when he became govenor of N.Y., that moment has long been gone and he now continues his losing decisions...BUILD THE FENCE

    February 4, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Doc Savage

    Have some fun... Google "santorum"

    February 4, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Stephen,Wilmington,NC

    Political game of chess, they are looking at the polls and jumping on the McCain band wagon because they want a job with his administration if he wins. Well I hope Mitt Romney spoles all of that. WE NEED A REAL CONSERVATIVE. WE NEED MITT ROMNEY !!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Dale

    he backs him because he either wants a favor if John becomes prez or because he is getting in line with the CFR mandate.

    February 5, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Thomas Chandy

    American Independent is not independent.

    I am a registered independent, and I was unable to vote for Obama my number one choice. I am very upset because I see the importance of this election for the future of the country.

    February 5, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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