Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) sparked presidential speculation when he held a lunch Tuesday with supporters.

Christian Heinze, of The Hill's GOP '12, has the details, including clues from the past that hint to a Pataki bid.

A Pataki spokesperson told The New York Post that the lunch "was not a fundraiser. He got together with some friends and supporters ... They did talk about politics, they talked about the future."

And when asked about a 2012 run, the spokesperson said: "He's going to look at the field and look at what he's got going on, and make a decision based on those facts. He certainly hasn't ruled it out."