George Pataki

Pataki Endorses Rubio for President

Former Gov. George Pataki, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race last month, has endorsed Marco Rubio, NBC News reports.

Said Pataki: “I fear if Donald Trump is our party’s nominee, then Hillary Clinton will be President. Fortunately, Republicans who want to win have a conservative alternative in Marco Rubio – a person who will not only unite our party, but defeat Hillary Clinton in November.”

Pataki Plans Endorsement Next Week

Former Gov. George Pataki intends to endorse a Republican presidential candidate, and could do so during a planned New Hampshire visit to thank supporters on Jan. 29, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Mr. Pataki has had talks with at least three GOP presidential candidates since dropping out, the aide said. His endorsement would be the first by any of the four GOP governors who have dropped out of this year’s race.”

Pataki Says He’ll Win If Anyone Pays Attention

If he gets enough attention, former New York Gov. George Pataki says “he’ll win over Republican voters skeptical of a moderate Northeasterner. If he can raise enough money he’ll be a force in the GOP primary. If he wins the nomination, he will absolutely win the White House next November,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Said Pataki: “If I have the opportunity to compete, and I believe I will, then I will win this race.”

Pataki Kicks Off Presidential Campaign

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced he’s running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

New York Times: “Though he will be clearly the closest to the political center among the announced candidates, Mr. Pataki has sought to present himself as an experienced executive tested by crisis: Citing his record of budget cuts in New York, Mr. Pataki has vowed to slash the federal work force… But in recent presidential elections, the party base has gravitated mainly toward candidates with orthodox conservative views, as well as styles more aggressive than Mr. Pataki’s.”

Pataki Will Run for President

“Ignoring the polls and pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce Thursday that he’s joining the crowded Republican field for president,” the New York Post reports.

“The three-term governor will unveil his candidacy in Exeter, N.H., – which claims the birthplace of the Republican Party – and join a group of contenders who are inching toward the 20 mark.”

Pataki Insists He’s Serious This Time

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) “says he’s serious this time, and has in fact shown signs that this time his flirtation with a presidential run is real,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“A super PAC, ‘We the People, Not Washington,’ was formed in January to support a potential bid by Mr. Pataki, and a paid ad is now running on local television in New Hampshire. During the 30-second spot, the Republican criticizes his own party for focusing on social issues, instead of the economy and terrorism… Mr. Pataki has twice explored running for president since stepping down as New York’s governor in 2007 and he barely factors into polls on the early 2016 race.”

Pataki Says He’s Likely to Run for President

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) is likely to run for president, Bloomberg reports.

Said Pataki: “If you care about the country, it’s very hard to sit on the sideline if you believe you have the ability to run a government like this country’s well. At this point, I am strongly inclined to do it.”

He added: “If I were a betting person, I would bet that I’d make the decision to go.”

Is Pataki Really Considering a White House Bid?

Ex-New york Gov. George Pataki (R) “meets Monday with the state’s GOP county chairmen — and one source expects he’ll ask them to not endorse a presidential candidate for 2016 so he can receive ‘favorite son‘ status,” the New York Daily News reports.

“The Republican source says one of Pataki’s inner circle had revealed the intention.”