Ex-NY Gov. Pataki weighs 2012 presidential run

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? A spokesman for Republican former New York Gov. George Pataki says he’s taking a harder look at running for president in 2012.

Spokesman David Catalfamo says several factors are in play for the 66-year-old Pataki.

Pataki says President Barack Obama is faltering and lacks a serious plan to deal with the nation’s debt. He also says the Republican field is thin.

He cites his own moderate views that could attract independent voters in the important New Hampshire primary.

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 to 2006. He did not seek re-election in 2006 as he briefly considered running for president.