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Monday
Nov082010

Former Gov. George Pataki 'Looking At' Run for President

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin isn’t the only former governor and former mayor who’s mulling a run for president in 2012.

Former governor George Pataki of New York told ABC News on Monday that he’ll run for president if other Republican candidates don’t offer the right kind of leadership.

“When you look back at the past two years, it's been very disappointing, not only -- not just for Republicans, but for the American people,” Pataki told us. “And I think it shows the importance of experienced leadership -- leaders who have shown the ability to govern and to move forward in a nonpartisan way, leaders who have been tested and shown their ability to get through those tests.”

“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. 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, 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 should she become the Republican nominee for president.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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