Pataki Considers 2008 White House Run

New York Gov. George Pataki (search), eyeing a possible 2008 run for the Republican presidential nomination, will make his third visit to Iowa in four months when he delivers a speech at a county GOP dinner later this month, a top aide said Thursday.

The Iowa caucuses traditionally begin the presidential nominating process and the state regularly hosts potential White House hopefuls.

Pataki spokesman David Catalfamo said the governor would deliver the keynote address at the Clinton County GOP dinner on Oct. 27.

Pataki, who also visited Iowa in July and September, is barely a blip in most national polls when GOP voters are asked about their 2008 presidential preferences.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. John McCain of Arizona are the Republican front-runners.

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton leads potential Democratic presidential contenders in national polls.