While Rudy Guiliani is still considering another run for 2012, there's another New Yorker who is also thinking about jumping into the 2012 race. Former New York Governor George Pataki hasn't made any decisions yet but he seems to be testing out the waters to see if it is safe to jump in:
“I am definitely considering a run for president,” former New York Gov. George Pataki told reporters here.Fresh off a trip to Iowa, Pataki was in the Granite State leading a discussion on the debt crisis at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm's College. (Organizers claimed it was scheduled long before the current debt impasse began producing headlines.)Pataki also mentioned stated that if he decides to throw his hat into the ring, his announcement might come quickly:
"We are engaged in generational theft. Politicians in Washington are stealing from our children's future… This is not leadership,” Pataki told the group.
When asked about the current GOP presidential field's handling of the debt problem, Pataki seemed dissatisfied.
"A Republican has to make as part of their campaign how they're going deal with the deficit and debt issue,” he told NBC News. “We have to have solutions. So far, I haven’t heard that. I'm certainly looking to see if someone has that plan in the tone of their campaign.”Then Pataki paused to reiterate that he is taking a closer look at the White House. “I’m seriously thinking about it."
Pataki would have an uphill battle if he decides to run in 2012. But George Pataki is right about one thing and that is he needs to decide soon on whether he's in or not. The same is true for Sarah Palin and Governor Rick Perry. They have kept the public waiting to see if they will participate in the 2012 election and they should make their announcement soon.As for when he might declare a run for the White House, Pataki knows the clock is ticking."I don’t want to put a specific date on it, but I understand that sooner is better than not.”Pataki said it would “be great” if Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential race, but he stated firmly that Perry’s move would not ultimately affect his own decision.“I will be very involved in some way, whether it's as a candidate or supporting another candidate or some other capacity."