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Former NY Gov. George Pataki Mulling White House Run?

Scott Wintrow/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Can the sweepstakes for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination stand yet another entrant?

The latest name to be bandied about is somewhat of a surprise: former New York Gov. George Pataki, who ran the state from 1995 through 2006.

A spokesman for Pataki maintains the former governor is "deeply disappointed by the failure of leadership by President Obama on the debt issue and in the lack of serious solutions being offered by the current Republican field."

It's believed that Pataki is seriously considering running for the Republican nod although there are numerous factors working against him.

For one, he has little name recognition outside of New York and would be immediately eclipsed if the more popular former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani throws his hat in the ring.

Even more problematic is that Pataki is too far to the left for conservatives’ tastes since he supports abortion and gay rights.  Pataki's third term as governor would also be brought up since he greatly increased spending compared to his first eight years in office.

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