Pataki to visit Iowa ahead of possible 2012 bid

WASHINGTON Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:21pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Governor George Pataki plans to visit Iowa on Saturday as speculation mounts that he will jump into the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Pataki, who decided against a White House bid four years ago, has been "seriously considering" a run for the nomination to challenge President Barack Obama, and a decision will come soon, a spokesman said.

Pataki will attend a local party picnic in Iowa, which holds the first Republican nominating contest, and could announce his candidacy then.

"He is deeply disappointed by President Obama's utter failure of leadership on the debt issue and in the lack of real solutions being offered by the current Republican field of candidates," spokesman David Catalfamo said.

Pataki was first elected New York governor in 1994 and was re-elected twice, but as a moderate from the Northeast he would face a tough path to the nomination in a party that has become more conservative in recent years.

Other candidates attending the Saturday picnic in Iowa will be Texas Governor Rick Perry, a staunch conservative who entered the race barely more than a week ago, and U.S. Representatives Ron Paul and Thaddeus McCotter.

Some Republican activists and insiders are still unhappy with the party's 2012 field and have urged more candidates to get in. Others still considering a bid include former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan ruled out a bid on Monday.

(Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Philip Barbara)

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Sensibility wrote:
Pataki would beat Obama in a cakewalk.

Aug 23, 2011 9:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lnardozi wrote:
Ron Paul can and will end the millions of murders taking place in our names. He’s my favorite candidate, but I’d vote for him no matter what for that one thing alone. When you vote for Ron Paul you’re telling our government the following:

You find your own reasons to murder people – you’re not doing it on MY behalf.

Aug 23, 2011 9:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
spolly123 wrote:
I don’t think Rick Perry is as staunch a conservative as he’d have everyone believe. His record is more moderate. He’s just pandering to social conservatives and the tea party to get elected. The latter group doesn’t seem to trust him, some call him a Republican In Name Only. Praying all day won’t secure my vote.

My favorite candidate is Gary Johnson. He’s like an electable version of Ron Paul who is palatable to moderate voters. He was elected governor of New Mexico twice, a state that’s full of Democrats. Can anyone tell me why he’s been excluded from the 2 most recent debates? Perhaps the GOP is afraid of him?

Aug 23, 2011 10:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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