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Posted August 26, 2011
Pataki cancels Iowa visit; won’t run for GOP nomination

Former New York Gov. George Pataki has informed Polk County Republican officials he will not be making an appearance at the Polk GOP Picnic Aug. 27.

The former three-term Governor from New York has also issued the following statement regarding weeks of speculation about a run for the presidency:

“Today, my family and I have reached the very difficult decision not to seek the office of President of the United States… While I have chosen not to run, I remain committed to the cause and will support a candidate who offers the vision, the ideas and the leadership to bring an end to America’s debt crisis.”

Polk County GOP Chairman Kevin McLaughlin said,he regretted Pataki’s decision. However, the picnic with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is nearly sold out.

Tickets are available at (515) 280-6438 and dkearney@polkgop.com. Tickets are $25 per person, students are $10. The event starts at the famed Jalapeno Pete’s venue at 5 p.m.


One Response to Pataki cancels Iowa visit; won’t run for GOP nomination

  1. While I’m not that familiar with Gov Pataki’s politics it seems to me that yet another of the GOP’s more moderate voices has been scared off by the fact that so many of the current crop of GOP Presidential hopefuls are much more radical in their views than someone like Pataki might be,

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