A spokesman for former New York Gov. George Pataki says the Republican is taking a harder look at running for president, saying Democratic President Obama is faltering and the Republican field is thin.
Spokesman David Catalfamo says several factors are in play as the 66-year-old Pataki again considers a White House run.
Among them are what Pataki considers Obama's lack of a serious plan to deal with the nation's debt, and Pataki's own moderate views that could attract independent voters in the important New Hampshire primary.
In New Hampshire, voters not enrolled in a party can vote in either party's February primary. With no Democratic primary, more independents could vote in the GOP primary.
Pataki served three terms as governor, from 1994-2006. He did not seek re-election in 2006.