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
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
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.