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Pataki Considers 2012 Run For President
New York 1 ^ | 08-21-11

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at ny1.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: establishment; rinos; wasteoftime
Great, just what we need more <1% candidates. At the rate we are going every GOP voter is going to have their own personal candidate to vote for in 2012
1 posted on 08/21/2011 11:41:34 AM PDT by MNJohnnie
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To: MNJohnnie

*Yawn*


2 posted on 08/21/2011 11:42:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I also heard he’s auditioning to play drums for the next Led Zeppelin reunion. Why not?


3 posted on 08/21/2011 11:44:18 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


4 posted on 08/21/2011 11:49:07 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: duckworth

Pataki and Huntsman can play Patti-cake in last place.


5 posted on 08/21/2011 11:50:03 AM PDT by Rodm
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


6 posted on 08/21/2011 11:53:10 AM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: MNJohnnie

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


7 posted on 08/21/2011 11:56:27 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Popman
Good let Pataki smoke out the RINO’s who will back him

All two of them.

8 posted on 08/21/2011 11:58:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MNJohnnie

Gov. Pataki, may I be the first to ask you: “Why?”


9 posted on 08/21/2011 11:58:44 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: MNJohnnie

He must really need the money.


10 posted on 08/21/2011 12:00:17 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


11 posted on 08/21/2011 12:03:39 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Christopher Columbus was once considered a "conspiracy theorist" but here we are now.

Thank an Italian for America

12 posted on 08/21/2011 12:05:29 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: MNJohnnie

George Pataki from that bastion of conservative thought, New Yawk? Is he to the right of Tony Weiner?


13 posted on 08/21/2011 12:14:24 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Why? Because one of George Soro’s trolls has promised the ex gov a very comfortable sinecure for his trouble. Like the has been governor of Louisiana their role is to be prepped to be the ‘independent’ spoiler candidate. If either palin, presuming she runs, or Romney get the nomination there will be GOP voters who are so angry they will be looking for a ‘protest’ candidate they can stand to vote for. So if any of these folks can attract 10 per cent or more in the primaries they are likely to find that his ‘conscience’ makes him run as an ‘independent’.
14 posted on 08/21/2011 12:21:00 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: MNJohnnie

LOL


15 posted on 08/21/2011 12:26:42 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (democRATS—just doing al Qaeda ground work? Obama owns it all now.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

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.


Oddly enough, my first thought when I saw this headline.


16 posted on 08/21/2011 12:31:57 PM PDT by EnglishCon
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To: EnglishCon

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.


17 posted on 08/21/2011 12:39:36 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: MNJohnnie

Don’t do it George , we have enough dipsticks running now.


18 posted on 08/21/2011 12:40:02 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


19 posted on 08/21/2011 12:43:50 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: MNJohnnie

Even the most cursory review of the shape Pataki left New York in will illustrate what a howler this is.


20 posted on 08/21/2011 12:56:10 PM PDT by 4buttons
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

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?


21 posted on 08/21/2011 1:01:38 PM PDT by EnglishCon
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To: dfwgator

This is semi-satire, isn’t it?


22 posted on 08/21/2011 1:08:20 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: MNJohnnie

One more Rino, what the heck?


23 posted on 08/21/2011 1:18:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: robowombat
Yeah, but to be a "spoiler" you actually have to poll above the "Don't Know" and, for that matter, the margin of error.

Pataki can't spoil anything here except his kids' vacation plans for Spring Break.

24 posted on 08/21/2011 1:26:32 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
I think it's more simple than that.

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.

25 posted on 08/21/2011 1:31:52 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alberta's Child

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


26 posted on 08/21/2011 1:40:10 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: Alberta's Child

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.


27 posted on 08/21/2011 1:47:51 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: truthfreedom

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.


28 posted on 08/21/2011 1:48:17 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: MNJohnnie

Is this the Friday Silliness Thread? I could’ve sworn it was Sunday.


29 posted on 08/21/2011 2:02:06 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: MNJohnnie

Splits the RINO vote & $$

is there a downside?


30 posted on 08/21/2011 2:07:49 PM PDT by Da Mav
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To: Jim Scott
I doubt that former New York governor George Pataki is going to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

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.

31 posted on 08/21/2011 4:22:26 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: NormsRevenge
One more Rino, what the heck?

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.)

32 posted on 08/21/2011 6:31:11 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Sapere Aude!" --Immanuel Kant)
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To: MNJohnnie

NOOOOOO!!! He’ll take votes away from Romney!!!!

;)


33 posted on 08/21/2011 7:54:03 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: 9YearLurker
I find this very funny and wonder about its Genesis. Perry has his Texas bucks. He has developed a sweet following thanks to pay for play and his use of the Texas industrial fund to take care of his boys. That is not going to be enough. He needs establishment dollars. The dollars that weren't quite sure about Romney and don't really know about Perry. These little teases by particularly the North East Republicans do little more that keep the big bucks on the sideline a little longer and deny Perry access to the real dollars he needs to sustain a long term campaign.
34 posted on 08/22/2011 4:59:05 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Interesting, yes. I think Perry’s got plenty of doubters among the smart money, despite the polls, after his first week on the trail.


35 posted on 08/22/2011 5:18:30 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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