Hours before President Obama is scheduled to speak here at the nanoscale college at the University at Albany, Republican Chairman Ed Cox and former Gov. George Pataki held a conference call criticizing the president for his job-creation record and sought to draw a distinction on how to spur private sector growth.

But at the same time, Pataki and Cox noted their own involvement in the creation of the nanotech facility the UAlbany campus.

The college was “development 10 years ago by a Republican governor and based on Republican principles,” Cox said on the call.

Pataki, governor from 1995 to 2007, insisted he wasn’t on the call to take credit for nanotech campus, which seems to have grown exponentially every year.

“This isn’t about me,” Pataki said. “This is about the future of America.”

Instead, both Cox and Pataki sought to compare the success of government-sponsored investment in the private sector tied to job creation compared to the loan given to the failed clean-energy company Solyndra.

Pataki mentioned Solyndra at least three times when comparing his efforts during the 1990s on job creation to the Obama administration.

“We did the opposite pretty much of what president obama has done,” Pataki said. “We didn’t give a grant to a (single) company.”

The GlobalFoundries facility in Malta, where Obama was initially scheduled to appear, was also a major development during Pataki’s tenure. But Pataki drew a distinction between GlobalFoundries and Solyndra, noting the government incentive package for what was then AMD was tied to job growth.

“We weren’t competing against any other state, we were competing against two foreign countries,” Pataki said. “It was a very difficult compeitition and by the way, when we put our package in place to get there, we have to pay a 35 percent corporate tax. We actually had to look again at what sort of incentives to lure them here. The federal government wasn’t part of the solution, they were part of the problem.”

The White House has said they changed the site of today’s event for logistical reasons, though the foreign ownership and massive tax credits GlobalFoundries has received would have raised uncomfortable questions for an administration running for re-election.

Pataki said he wasn’t offended by the switch.

“I think it was a wise decision for him not to go there, but I would have been proud of him going to either site,” Pataki said.

New York State Troopers provide security along Fuller Road at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on the campus of the University at Albany as they await the arrival of President Obama on Tuesday morning, May 8, 2012 in Albany, NY. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Obama-mixes-high-tech-political-broadsides-in-3542244.php#ixzz1uJC9YSr4