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George Pataki 2016: What 5 Leading Pundits Say About Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

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As George Pataki considers a presidential run for the White House in 2016, it appears he will have to use more than his name to get a spot on the Republican ticket.

Here is what five pundits are saying about Pataki’s possible 2016 presidential bid.

1. Democratic consultant George Arzt, spoke with NY1 in an interview regarding Pataki’s candidacy, ruling out any chance for a presidential bid. “In politics, you never say never. Here, you can say never," said Arzt, regarding Pataki’s possible 2016 candidacy.

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Arzt has concluded the chances of Pataki actually winning a nomination are negligible as he has been out of politics for some time and has lost name recognition.

2. Pataki’s candidacy is not being viewed as a viable option for presidency, but Republican consultant Tom Doherty is noting Pataki could be a candidate for vice presidency. Doherty noted for NY1 that Pataki is not a steadfast Republican and his ability to bring people across the aisle might appeal to liberals. Pataki did win over Democrats while he served as New York governor.

3. Staten Island Advance political editor Tom Wrobleski notes Pataki’s candidacy will take a back seat as the Republican Party has numerous presidential hopefuls already lining the field for 2016. His lack of a public profile is likely to work against him as well, noting his appearances on the political scene have been few and far between since he left office. “And while he won New York three times running for governor, its unlikely Pataki would be able to win the Empire State in a presidential bid. The state has been reliably blue for years when it comes to White House races,” Wrobleski wrote for SILive.com.

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4. Mayor Jeff Graham of Watertown, New York, doesn’t see Pataki’s presidential hopes coming to fruition based on the competition. In his political blog, he notes that Pataki “was not a national figure when he was on the Second Floor.” Graham added he doesn’t think Pataki is a bad guy, but he doesn’t have a chance considering the other hopefuls in line, from Jeb Bush to Mitt Romney.

5. Jonathan S. Tobin wrote in Commentary Magazine that while other governors, including Pataki, are likely to make a run for the presidency, “none of these figures are remotely credible candidates when compared with potential first-tier Republicans.” He considers first-tier candidates to be Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, and Bobby Jindal. Tobin said he believes the GOP will be looking for a candidate with experience to put on the ballot, as they have been constant critics of President Barack Obama’s lack of experience.

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