George Pataki Can Handle Anything After Endorsing Carl Paladino


It was already kind of obvious that former New York governor George Pataki was considering a run for president in 2012, what with his efforts to repeal health-care reform, his passing on a very winnable Senate race against Kirsten Gillibrand, his visit to Iowa, and his elusive answers whenever anyone asks him about it. But in an interview with ABC News's Top Line today, he made his intentions a bit more explicit.

"I'm certainly not going to rule it out, and I'm going to look at who else is out there, what their background is, what their philosophy and ideas are, and make a decision myself based on not just personal ambition but a vision for the country, and that vision requires us to win the election ...."

Also, Pataki expressed some fairly tepid support for Sarah Palin, which is becoming the only kind of support anyone is willing to give her.

“It was hard for me to support Carl Paladino. And I did that. So certainly if the choice is between her and President Obama, I don’t think I'd have any difficulty at all supporting Sarah Palin."

"Sarah Palin: Hey, At Least She's Better Than Carl Paladino" will probably not appear on bumper stickers anytime soon.

Gov. George Pataki ‘Looking at’ Run for President; Peekskill ‘Twice the Size of Wasilla’ [Note/ABC News]