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New York governor David Paterson appeared on Meet the Press
Sunday and said that he intends to run for election in 2010 despite the
Obama administration's preference that he step aside.
The governor, who suffers from low approval ratings, acknowledged that the White House relayed "concerns" about his candidacy, but he denied that President Obama ever sent "an explicit indication" that he should not run.
"I'm running for governor of the state of New York," said Paterson, a vocal supporter of marriage equality, who became governor in March 2008 after Eliot Spitzer resigned in the wake of a prostitution scandal.
"You don't give up," said Paterson, appealing to his experience being legally blind. "You don't give up because you have low poll numbers. You don't give up because everybody's telling you what the future is. If everyone knew what the future is, why didn't they tell me I was going to become governor? I could have used the heads-up."
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