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George Pataki considers running for president

Former New York Governor George Pataki, mulling a run for the Republican presidential nomination, will attend a GOP picnic in Iowa this weekend to make a "major announcement."

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Former New York State Governor George Pataki during the annual 9/11 memorial service at Ground Zero on September 11, 2010 in New York City. Pataki is considering running for president for 2012. (Peter Foley-Pool/Getty Images)

George Pataki, the former New York governor, is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, and there are reports he is heading to Iowa this weekend to make a "major announcement."

Pataki flirted with the idea of running for the White House four years ago, and is again thinking about jumping into the GOP race

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Pataki heads to Iowa on Saturday where he will speak at the Polk County GOP picnic at the Iowa State fairgrounds in Des Moines, CNN reports. Iowa is where the caucus and primary calendar kicks off.

"Governor Pataki is seriously considering getting into the 2012 race," his former communications director, David Catalfamo, told Bloomberg. "He is deeply disappointed by President Obama's utter failure of leadership on the debt issue and in the lack of real solutions being offered by the current Republican field of candidates."

Pataki, 65, was elected governor of New York in 1994 and re-elected in 1998 and 2002. He is known as a moderate, pro-choice Republican.

Earlier this year he ruled out a run in 2012, but then reversed his position and has since been reaching out to potential supporters in New Hampshire, the Boston Globe says.