Skip to comments.Pataki Considers 2012 Run For President
Posted on 08/21/2011 11:41:30 AM PDT by MNJohnnie
A spokesman has confirmed that former Governor George Pataki is strongly considering entering the crowded race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Sources say Pataki, who left office in 2007, could make an announcement as early as next week.
If he were to run, Pataki would face several major obstacles including launching an operation with little campaign cash and facing several opponents who have been meeting voters in Iowa and New Hampshire for months.
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I also heard he’s auditioning to play drums for the next Led Zeppelin reunion. Why not?
I’m starting to wonder if the multiplication of Republican candidates is not a leftist ploy to hopelessly fragment the conservative opposition? A little conspiratorial thinking perhaps, but none the less, I wonder.
Pataki and Huntsman can play Patti-cake in last place.
I doubt that former New York governor George Pataki is going to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. This is either a test balloon or wishful thinking on somebody’s part. However, what it tells me is that Republicans are quickly beginning to realize that, far from being the strong candidate for re-election the MSM are desperately trying to sell, Obama is probably going to be ‘easy pickins’, a la Jimmy Carter, and whomever wins the GOP presidential nomination has a very good chance of winning the general election. So, lots of wannabes are getting ideas. Most will come to nothing and I’m sure a few are ploys to get their name in the running for a potential cabinet post in the next Republican administration. I’m sure President Palin will consider them all.
Good let Pataki smoke out the RINO’s who will back him
It will be interesting to see how many dem voters move to support him
All two of them.
Gov. Pataki, may I be the first to ask you: “Why?”
He must really need the money.
Pretty soon, they’re won’t be enough room on the debate stage for all the candidates. And Mr. Pataki, you have NO chance so don’t even waste your time.
Thank an Italian for America
George Pataki from that bastion of conservative thought, New Yawk? Is he to the right of Tony Weiner?
Im starting to wonder if the multiplication of Republican candidates is not a leftist ploy to hopelessly fragment the conservative opposition? A little conspiratorial thinking perhaps, but none the less, I wonder.
Oddly enough, my first thought when I saw this headline.
It is terribly sad when one can no longer trust American politicians. Unfortunately experience has dictated the very definition of a politician now includes the terms “vice addict!” I mean all the traditional vices as well as lying to the extent of being unable to tell the truth.
Don’t do it George , we have enough dipsticks running now.
Hey, he actually served his third term and had 12 years as guv to Perry’s 10. Maybe with Perry’s people going after Palin now Pataki’s trying out as a big-state guv who at least is honest about his RINOism alternative possibility for her veep.
Even the most cursory review of the shape Pataki left New York in will illustrate what a howler this is.
It is indeed sad.
But, it is a typical left tactic to slow down or prevent a resurgence of the right, at least over here in the UK and Europe. (yeah, I know, our right is your sociallist hell, but we try!)
The usual rule applies - follow the money, which many Freepers are better qualified to do than I. Who is funding his bid and why?
This is semi-satire, isn’t it?
One more Rino, what the heck?
Pataki can't spoil anything here except his kids' vacation plans for Spring Break.
Most of these hacks are lifetime politicians who can't earn an honest living outside of government. So they mount a "presidential campaign" in the hopes of garnering some minimal support, then drop out of the race at a later date in exchange for a commitment from one of the front-runners to give them an appointed post in a new administration.
I mean, does anyone really think Newt Gingrich has a chance in hell of getting more than 5% of the vote in any Republican primary? That dope couldn't get 25% of the GOP vote if he were running unopposed.
I think that Newt could do over 5%.
There really isn’t anything on Newt’s resume as bad as what’s on Perry’s.
And Newt did some good stuff.
Newt is positioning himself as the McCain of 12
I would certainly agree that most politicians could not survive a real world job that did not have at least some taxpayer funding involved. But that, even if true, does not logically exclude my speculation. Just wondering.
There’s a reason why Congressmen rarely make good presidential candidates. I’ll point to Newt Gingrich and Dick Gephardt as the two most recent manifestations of this.
Is this the Friday Silliness Thread? I could’ve sworn it was Sunday.
Splits the RINO vote & $$
is there a downside?
You're right, of course. What's funny is to hear all the Buffalo TV stations and radio stations dutifully reporting it as a big story. Just like they have the last 3 times he's said he was thinking about running.
Yeah, but not just any Rino - a New Yorker. We need at least one of those to make the circus complete.
Pataki, Rudy, Trump, Bloomberg* Ah, heck. Let them all run. This election is a joke already. Might as well come full circle.
*Bloomberg - Yeah, I know, he's no longer a "Republican" but he is about as conservative as the rest of the bunch (meaning NOT at all.)
NOOOOOO!!! He’ll take votes away from Romney!!!!
Interesting, yes. I think Perry’s got plenty of doubters among the smart money, despite the polls, after his first week on the trail.