Former New York Gov. George Pataki is again considering a run for the White House, the New York Post
The paper says it has sources who have confirmed Pataki is thinking about a 2016 candidacy, and also reports he was seen last week meeting with billionaire businessman and political activist David Koch at New York's Four Seasons restaurant.
Pataki wouldn't make a commitment when talking to Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg
in August, saying, "It's still summer."
But the Post, noting that summer is over, said Pataki is now getting serious.
The Wall Street Journal
is more skeptical, noting that Pataki made similar statements in 2008 and 2012 that never came to fruition. His 2012 super-PAC reportedly had "multiple millions" in commitments, the Journal notes, though the latest reports show only $5,946 in the till.
Pataki, 69, has been out of office since 2006, and the Journal notes he has never sought office since the rise of the tea party in 2009. His moderate views might not play as well with today's GOP, it notes.
Though former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a similar background, he comes from a political family of two past presidents and has crossed the country during this year's midterms politicking for fellow Republicans, the Journal points out. He also has plenty of "business-friendly Republicans" in his corner.
Still, Pataki isn't making any commitments publicly. He appeared on Newsmax TV's
"America's Forum" on Monday, telling host J.D. Hayworth he isn't going to talk about it because he has "speculated too many times" in the past.
"I was governor for 12 years, and a number of those times, press speculated are you going to run? And I thought about it, and then after I stopped, I thought about running," he said.
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Still, he didn't rule out participating in some way in trying to "change the direction of the country and give us confidence and optimism about the future."
"This is America," Pataki said. "Every one of us should believe that tomorrow's going to be better, that our kids are going to have better lives, and sadly, today, too many Americans don't feel that. So, we'll see what happens, but on speculating about possible candidacies, we'll see down the road."
Back in August, Pataki told Malzberg, "You don't dip your toe in and pretend. Either you're in or you're out. The one thing I will say is that Albany is broken, Washington is perhaps even worse."
The Journal predicts he'll publicly announce his intentions next summer, and it doesn't think there will be any hat-tossing involved.
"If past practice is any indication, Mr. Pataki will declare sometime next summer, once it is clear that he isn't running, that he isn't running for president," the Journal said.
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