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Pataki, considering a run for president, plans N.H. trip

Former New York governor George Pataki spoke during the New York State Republican Convention in Rye Brook, N.Y.
Former New York governor George Pataki spoke during the New York State Republican Convention in Rye Brook, N.Y.Seth Wenig/AP

Former New York governor George Pataki will return to New Hampshire next week to address a local Republican fund-raiser and speak to college students.

The two-day visit on Tuesday and Wednesday marks his second visit to the Granite State this month. This visit also follows his announcement on Thursday that he formed a super PAC, an important logistical step before running for president. “If it weren’t for the election laws today, I could be running for president,” Pataki told The New York Times.

All major candidates for president in 2016 are expected to have a super PAC along with their official campaigns, since a US Supreme Court ruling five years ago that super PACs can raise and spend unlimited money. Once Pataki becomes an official candidate he cannot coordinate with the super PAC. This means that Pataki may act like a presidential candidate but not declare himself one for months.

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On Tuesday he is scheduled to speak to the Cheshire County Republicans in Keene. On Wednesday he will speak at St. Anselm College about the United Nations and terrorism.

Pataki, a Republican, also considered running for president in 2008 and 2012.


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