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George Pataki Not Running for President

George Pataki has decided not to run for president.

Speculation was building that Pataki would announce his intentions to run in a speech at the Polk County Republican fundraiser in Iowa on Saturday.

His path to the nomination would have been tough — while his fiscal conservatism is respected by the party rank and file, he is lesser known than most of the declared candidates. Additionally his moderate positions on abortion and gay rights would have made him a target for social conservatives.

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