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Pataki for President? Former Guv Eyes 2012 Run

65-year-old says in interview he'll run if he doesn't think any other GOPers can "bring people together"



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    Former New York Gov. George Pataki details steps America can take to become more energy independent and ensure a clean and stable energy supply for decades to come.

    Former New York Governor George Pataki says he'll run for president in 2012 if he doesn't believe any other Republicans have what it takes to unite the electorate.

    The three-term governor, who weighed a presidential bid in 2008, told ABC News that his past job as mayor of Peekskill endowed him with the experience to make him a robust candidate in the next election. After all, with more than 22,000 people, the Westchester city is twice the size of Wasilla, he quipped.

    "It was a challenging job, let me assure you," the 65-year-old said as he poked fun at former Wasilla mayor and one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who is rumored to also be considering a 2012 run, reports The New York Post.

    However, Pataki did say he would endorse Palin if she won the GOP nomination.

    Pataki was a first-term state senator from Westchester when he launched his bid for governor in 1994. He defeated incumbent Mario Cuomo and went on to serve three consecutive four-year terms before Democrat Eliot Spitzer took over in 2006.