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Pataki-mentum!

Watch George Pataki announce he's running for president

Former New York governor George Pataki launched his longest of long-shot bids for the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday via 2015's de rigueur announcement method, a YouTube video. While he throws out some red meat — the video shows him buying a room full of veterans lunch and invoking 9/11 — Pataki mostly talks up his bona fides as a Republican governor in a blue state. In an increasingly crowded field of GOP candidates, can a moderate New York Republican who supports abortion rights win the nomination? Even Pataki himself concedes his candidacy is an "extreme long shot," The New York Times reports.

You can watch his announcement video below: —Nico Lauricella