Former New York Governor George Pataki officially launched his bid for the White House on Thursday. He now becomes the eighth Republican to jump in the race. Prior to his official announcement, he released a video on his website, early Thursday morning. The former New York Governor proposed ending Obamacare and Common Core and ending taxes that hurt small businesses. The three-term Republican governor of New York, who was elected in 1994 and ran the state during the September 11th attacks and its aftermath. Pataki has failed to register in national opinion polls of the GOP field. Political pundits do not expect him to be invited to the first debate.
Pataki, 69, held his first campaign event Thursday morning in the small New Hampshire town of Exeter, which claims to be the birthplace of the Republican Party. New Hampshire tends to support more moderate Republicans, cut from the same cloth as Pataki, who supports conservation, same-sex marriage and gun control. Pataki called for boots on the ground to fight ISIS, a position not favored by his fellow Republican 2016 hopefuls. Pataki is attempting to paint himself as an anti-establishment candidate despite not having the tea party’s support. Pataki and his supporters have named their super PAC as “We the People Not Washington.”
In the video posted on his website he shared his vision. “My vision was not a partisan vision. It was a vision about people, about what we could accomplish together,” “If we are to flourish as a people, we have to fall in love with America again.” Pataki prior to his official announcement, released a commercial discussing the issues that really matter. “Defeating Islamic terrorists, shrinking government, growing the economy — these are the issues that matter most,” Pataki says in the advertisement that began in mid-April. “Instead we’re debating social issues like abortion and gay rights.”
During Pataki’s role as governor, he reduced tax rates and increased sentences for criminals committing hate crimes. He passed on running for a fourth term in 2006 and was succeeded by disgraced Democrat Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Pataki stoked speculation that he would run in 2008 and in 2012, but this is the year he has chosen to follow through. According to Pataki, the first part of immigration reform is securing the border.
He also said that he would shrink the size of the federal work force, starting with bureaucrats overseeing Obamacare, and fire every corrupt IRS employee abusing government power to discriminate on the basis of politics or religion.” “Today, there is one former member of Congress lobbying for every current member and the first thing I would do is ban members of Congress from ever lobbying. If you serve one day, you are banned, go home,” he said. His website now sports a new “Pataki for President” banner, which emphasizes that he will place people over politics.