George Pataki Reflects on Whether He Should Have Run for President

george pataki g George Pataki Reflects on Whether He Should Have Run for President

George Pataki (Photo: Getty)

In the middle of his media tour promoting his new Super PAC, former Governor George Pataki also took time to answer questions on the primary process and whether he should have entered the Republican presidential field himself on Inside City Hall last night.

The host, Errol Louis, first asked Mr. Pataki if the new rules that elongated the primary were a mistake.

“I don’t think so,” he replied. “After the fact, you look at it and say, ‘It lasted too long, there were too many candidates.’ But I think it was more of a function of the messaging and the candidates than the process itself.”

He added, “No one was able to — early in the process — convince an overwhelming majority of Republicans that they were the right person, and that’s the way it is.”

Mr. Pataki, of course, briefly flirted with his own presidential bid, but it was never exactly clear what his path the nomination would be. In addition to another northeastern governor in the race, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman was aggressively campaigning in New Hampshire for the moderate Republican vote and there likely wouldn’t have been much, if any, oxygen in the race for Mr. Pataki’s candidacy.

Asked if he had any regrets about not pulling the trigger on his own campaign, Mr. Pataki demurred.

“Yeah, you can’t look back,” he wistfully answered. “I’m having a great time; I love what I’m doing. I love having more time with my family. I had a tremendous honor of leading this state in leading this state for over a decade. So, you look forward.”

To which Mr. Louis responded, “That sounds like a yes.”