Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) is weighing a bid for president in 2012, he said in an interview on ABC's "Top Line" on Monday.I believe he was the one spreading those rumors.
The former governor, known as a centrist Republican, served three terms in New York and was governor at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Pataki said Monday that he plans on taking a hard look at how the field of Republican hopefuls develops over the next year and that if he doesn't see the right candidate emerging, he could jump into the race.
“What I'm going to be looking at is, do we have the right people out there who have that experience, who have experienced leadership, who have been challenged and who can bring people together — not just Republicans and conservatives, but conservatives [and] Democrats," Pataki said. "And make a decision on who else is out there, and whether or not they have those characteristics we need to be able to win this election and govern successfully.”
Pataki was a rumored presidential contender in 2008, but decided against getting into the race.
The tedious stories about Chris Christie every day are one thing (have you heard he's not running?), but between Pataki and Michael Bloomberg playing cute about 2012, it's going to be a long couple of years.
Pataki, like Palin, was a mayor before he was governor.
“It was a challenging job, mayor of Peekskill, let me assure you. Twice the size of Wasilla,” Pataki said.
Pataki said he would support Palin, R-Alaska, should she become the Republican nominee for president, citing his reluctant support for tea party gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, R-N.Y., in his home state as evidence that he would fall into line behind her.