US NEWS: George Pataki Takes His Longest Shot

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

George Pataki came oh-so-close to running for president in 2012 -- until he read the tea leaves.

"Everywhere I went, the people I talked to were already committed to Mitt Romney," he told U.S. News in a wide-ranging hourlong interview this week. "One of the reasons you're seeing a lot of the donor types sitting back this time, [is] because they got on early on his candidacy and he didn't win the race."

The former three-term governor of New York knows he likely will not qualify for the first Republican debate next month. He knows he's regularly registering last in the polls -- when asked to describe Patiaki's prospects to National Journal, billionaire Home Depot founter Ken Langone said, "Give me a [expletive] break." But Pataki, 70, who launched his bid for the GOP nomination as the longest of long shots despite competition from candidates who are decades younger and were largely elected after he exited office, is trudging forward anyway.

As a handful of governors begin to jostle for supremacy, only...

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People Over Politics.

  • The current Republican field cries out for a shakeup . . . Do not underestimate [Pataki] . . . He's a stone-cold political killer.
    Huffington Post
  • Don't underestimate the impact of his big brain on the debate stage.
    Mark Halperin
    Bloomberg News
  • Of all the potential candidates, Mr. Pataki has made the most trips to New Hampshire, something that has drawn attention . . .
    Thomas Rath
    former New Hampshire National Republican Committeeman
  • Anyone who says that the 2016 stage has been set has not met George Pataki.
    Ken Salazar
    Former United States Secretary of the Interior
  • George Pataki would make a more formidable Republican candidate than many seem to appreciate.
    Bernie Quigley
    New York Observer
  • Here's a guy who was mayor of Peekskill and figured out how to become Governor of New York. So I wouldn't underestimate him ...
    John McLaughlin
    Gannet Syndicate