Pataki to make 2016 call on May 28
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Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) on Thursday penciled in May 28 for the date he will decide on a White House run next year.

“I will announce my decision on 2016 on May 28th in New Hampshire,” Pataki tweeted.

Pataki, who has flirted with presidential bids before but hasn't run, reiterated that timeline during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe."

"I have no doubt that, when I lay my ideas out there and go through my background and what I've been able to do, people are going to say, 'This is a guy who can lead our country,' " Pataki told host Joe Scarborough.


His selection of New Hampshire as the location of his announcement is notable given that state’s early primary status.

Should he run, Pataki will join a crowded GOP field for 2016.

Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) were the first three entrants into the race for the Republican nomination.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the competition with dueling campaign announcements on May 4.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee completed the current official Republican lineup with his May 5 campaign launch.

Many other Republicans are rumored to be planning to jump into the Oval Office race in the coming months, including Govs. Scott Walker (Wis.), Chris Christie (N.J.) and Bobby Jindal (La.).

Former Govs. Jeb Bush (Fla.) and Rick Perry (Texas) are also weighing whether to pursue the executive mansion.

Pataki said he would focus on updating U.S. infrastructure if he were president.

Accidents like Tuesday evening's Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, he argued, were preventable with cutting-edge transportation technology.

"I don't care if the technology comes from Japan, just don't throw $10 billion more into Band-Aiding an Amtrak system," said Pataki, noting his involvement with the Northeast Maglev Advisory Board.

"Leap into the 21st Century," he added. "That's America."

Pataki served as New York’s governor between 1995 and 2006. He has twice before considered running for president.