He’s not utterly Shermanesque in this exchange, but pretty close:
Pataki: I do not want to be a United States Senator. I have a job that I am very proud to have and very grateful to the people of New York because they’ve given me this tremendous honor of being their governor.
Carter: So you’re stating for the record tonight that you will not run for U.S. Senate?
Pataki: I certainly have no expectation that I will run for the Senate in 2006 and 2008, or any time thereafter.
Now the field of credible challengers is down to an increasingly unlikely one.