Another Republican has announced that he is running for president in the 2016 elections, and this time is the former New York Governor George Pataki.
On Thursday, a video of Pataki was posted on YouTube “The system is broken. The question is no longer about what our government should do, but what we should do about our government,” he said.
Pataki, the former New York Governor functioned in this position during 1995 to 2006 period. Now, he is facing a difficult fight, after announcing his nomination he is going to be running in a field crowded of Republican candidates.
Among the pack of candidates, Pataki is considered a moderate candidate, considering that he has the company of Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Most of Pataki’s adversaries have the national attention, and dominate public office since Pataki ended left the governor chair in New York.
On May 14, Pataki had an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, on which he talked about his victory in 1994 against the 3-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo (D), pointing out his skills to challenge political odds.
“No one thought I had a chance,” he said about the 1994 race. “In 75 years, there have been two people elected governor as a Republican in New York State: Nelson Rockefeller and me. So the odds don’t determine.”
69-years Pataki rejected the rumors that he doesn’t have any foreign policy knowledge.
“I don’t need any expert to give me a crash course.” Pataki said, “when you’re the governor of New York — first of all, I would have heads of state coming in every year for the U.N. I would always use that opportunity to sit down and talk with them.”
On May 20, Pataki explained in CNN that the United States should help in the fight against ISIS by sending ground troops to Iraq.
Among the many challenges that Pataki is facing, there’s also the skepticism that people have about if he is conservative enough to lead the Republican primaries. His experience as governor of New York, and his long career and involvement with Republican politics preceding to the party’s decision to turn to the right, has helped him to become the most moderate Republican presidential candidate so far.
During 2002, The New York Times showed his support with Pataki, who was running for a third term as governor. The newspaper complimented his “generally progressive stance on social issues.”
But, Pataki is also a follower of the conservative causes, he is the director of the group Revere America, and in 2010, he traveled through the U.S. to rally against the President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Everyone must keep waiting about how his Republican rivals would receive him and how Republicans primary voters would react, so far a conservative kingmaker thinks that Pataki is a tough candidate.
Pataki “would be serious,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Republicans would not say, ‘That guy has no chance,'” he said.
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