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Pataki Inching Towards 2016 Run        05/28 06:11

   Politicians like to say a presidential campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. 
Republican George Pataki has taken almost a decade just to get to the starting 
line.

   CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Politicians like to say a presidential campaign is a 
marathon, not a sprint. Republican George Pataki has taken almost a decade just 
to get to the starting line.

   The former three-term New York governor is expected to announce his 
intentions for the 2016 presidential contest on Thursday after flirting with 
the idea in both 2008 and 2012. He's scheduled to speak in Exeter, New 
Hampshire, which served as the state capital during the Revolutionary War and 
claims to be the birthplace of the Republican Party.

   Clearly a longshot, Pataki has cited his electoral success in a heavily 
Democratic state --- he knocked off liberal icon Mario Cuomo to become governor 
in 1994 --- and ability to work with Democrats as among his strengths. But he's 
spent recent months promoting his conservative credentials, as those running 
for the Republican nomination invariably do.

   In an earlier trip to New Hampshire, he campaigned against President Barack 
Obama's health care law, criticized Obama's executive order to offer 
protections against deportation to millions of immigrants living in the country 
illegally, and said the nation can't afford another Democratic president. He 
also has called for less government spending and limiting government power.

   "We've seen an explosion in government power from Washington and the 
government is far too big, far too powerful, far too expensive and far too 
intrusive," Pataki said in New Hampshire earlier this year. "The need to reform 
Washington dramatically and reduce its power and influence has never been 
greater."

   Pataki, 69, has worked as a lawyer and opened a consulting firm since 
leaving office in 2006. He's been a frequent visitor to the early nominating 
states of Iowa and New Hampshire over the years, and has made more than half a 
dozen trips to New Hampshire this year alone as he explored a 2016 campaign. 
His earlier efforts never resulted in a full-fledged campaign, however.

   Known for his low-key style, he is trying to distinguish himself in a large 
pack of rivals, filled with big personalities.


(KA)


 
 
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