George Pataki Won’t Run for New York Gov., Maybe President

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 28, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 28, 2005

Albany, NY ( — New York Gov. George Pataki announced Wednesday he will not seek a fourth term and hinted that he may be considering a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. However, pro-life groups say voters who oppose abortion should look elsewhere for a candidate to support.

In a new conference Pataki said he would not run for re-election but didn’t comment directly on his future plans. Pataki did say he would follow a "new path" when his term ends, hinting a possible presidential candidacy.

Pataki said he accomplished "amazing things" during his tenure, but pro-life advocates will remember his advocacy of abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

Pataki first described himself as "pro-choice" in February 1990, when he chaired the New York Republican Party’s platform committee. He admitted that he wanted to keep a pro-life plank out of the platform in order to keep women’s votes from going to pro-abortion Gov. Cuomo.

Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana, who is pro-life, says Pataki doesn’t represent the pro-life values most grassroots Republicans have.

"The strength of the Republican majority in America is not in the … moderate politics of George Pataki," Pence told the Washington Times. "It’s in the millions of pro-family voters who will campaign for our candidates and turn out on Election Day."

Douglas Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York, doesn’t think Pataki has good chance to capture the nomination.

"He’s on the wrong side of the cultural war," Muzzio told the Journal News. "He’s too liberal for the Republican base."

Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst, agrees and says Pataki is viewed as too much in favor of abortion by Republicans nationally.

"He’s not conservative enough on social issues," Sabato said.