Former New York Governor George Pataki today said he wouldn’t seek the Republican nomination for president.
Pataki made the announcement before his scheduled trip tomorrow to Iowa, site of the first-in-the-nation caucuses. He said he would focus his attention on his new group, No American Debt, which is focusing on overhauling entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, and reducing federal spending.
His former communications director, David Catalfamo, said earlier this week that Pataki was “seriously considering” a run.
“I remain committed to the advancement of real, politically viable reforms to entitlements and rolling back the size and cost of the federal government,” Pataki said in a statement. “At this time, I will continue to do this as the leader of No American Debt and not as a candidate for president.”
Pataki said he would support the candidate “who offers the vision, the ideas and the leadership to bring an end to America’s debt crisis.”
Pataki was chairman of a nonprofit political group in the 2010 election, Revere America, which spent $3 million to help elect Republican congressional candidates. The group did not disclose its donors.
Republicans in the race include Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Ron Paul of Texas, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty ended his campaign after finishing third in the Iowa Straw Poll earlier this month.
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