(CNN) – Former New York governor and Mitt Romney supporter George Pataki injected his voice Tuesday into the debate over the current administration's stance on same-sex marriage, words quickly seized upon by the Obama re-election campaign.
Pataki used President Barack Obama's position to paint the current administration as shifty, while an Obama spokesman said his comments proved Romney has "regressed" on gay rights.
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.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York Gov. George Pataki will not run for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to him told CNN.
Pataki, who had been flirting with a White House bid for months, was scheduled to appear this weekend in the key early voting state of Iowa.
(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.
(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.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/26/art.gillibrand5.gi.jpg caption ="A new poll indicates that former New York Gov. George Pataki is in a dead heat with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a hypothetical Senate election match up."](CNN) - A new poll indicates that former New York Gov. George Pataki is in a dead heat with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a hypothetical Senate election match up. There's only one problem: The former two-term Republican governor has not publicly indicated that he has any desire to challenge Gillibrand, a Democrat.
According to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Monday, 47 percent of New York State voters would back Pataki and 45 percent would support Gillibrand if the general election were held today, with 8 percent undecided.
The poll also indicates that 27 percent think Gillibrand's doing either an excellent or good job in office, with just over one in three saying she's doing a fair job, 17 percent adding that she's performing poorly and just over one in five undecided. Gillibrand, who was a congresswoman from upstate New York, was appointed to the Senate last year by New York Gov. David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, who stepped down to become secretary of State. Gillibrand is running this year to serve the final two years of Clinton's term.
"Former Governor Pataki is the big unknown for Gillibrand," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, "With her approval rating at 27 percent, Gillibrand will almost certainly have her work cut out for her if Pataki enters the race."