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Pataki's Run for President Looks More Like Ambling: Read My Lips

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George Pataki, former governor of New York, speaks during the Iowa Ag Summit at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 7, 2015.

George Pataki, former governor of New York, speaks during the Iowa Ag Summit at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 7, 2015.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Now's as good a time as any to consider the presidential possibility of George Pataki, since it looks like he'll be around for a while.

A presidential campaign is not a marathon but a sprint, the saying goes. Pataki's, by contrast, is more like a pleasant stroll to gaze at birds. The usual metrics -- poll numbers, fundraising, crowds, endorsements -- seem not to apply.