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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New York (AFP) — George Pataki, the former governor who led New York during the September 11, 2001 attacks, on Thursday threw his hat into the crowded ring of Republicans running for the White House.

Announcing his bid for the presidency in a brief video, the 69-year-old centrist made an emotional appeal for national unity and promised to make America great once again.

“What unites us is so much more important than what might seem superficially to divide us. If we are to flourish as a people we have to fall in love with America again,” he said.

The son of a postman, Pataki studied at Yale University and Columbia Law School. He played up his centrist credentials as a leader who could get things done across the United States’ fraught party lines.

“I was a Republican governor in a very deep blue state, the state of New York and I was governor for three terms and it’s because, at the end, people realized my vision was not a partisan vision it was a vision about people, about what we could accomplish together.”

His video closed with images of the new World Trade Center, the highest office building in the Western Hemisphere built after the 9/11 attacks and which Pataki was the first to name “Freedom Tower.”

It marks a first White House bid for Pataki, who was an ardent supporter of America’s last Republican president, George W. Bush and who has long flirted with the idea of contesting the presidency.

Married to Libby for 41 years, the couple have four children, including two sons who served in the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a daughter who is a best selling novelist.

“Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive and too intrusive,” said Pataki. “It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government.”

More than a dozen prominent Republicans have already announced their bid to win the party’s nomination for the 2016 election.

Screenshot: Pataki for President 2016/YouTube

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  • Daniel Jones

    Republicans love big *republican* governments.

    They love intruding on Democrats.

    They want to conserve all the money.. for their backers.

    Accept fact, please.

    • joe schmo

      No facts there.

      Republicans hate big government. Democrats are big government
      Democrats think they can FORCE their Marxist agenda on everybody leaving us < free.
      Republicans are capitalists, they believe in business and making money. It's called competition not communism where the government owns everything including your soul.

      • BOC

        Marxist agenda:
        A device for the exploitation of the masses by a dominant class, that class struggle has been the main agency of historical change, and that the capitalist system, containing from the first the seeds of its own decay, will inevitably, after the period of the dictatorship of the proletariat, be superseded by a socialist order and a classless society?

        Hey! This reads like, morphs like, the republican party for sure.

      • Independent1

        Is that why Joe?? Reagan added over 265,000 people to our government in his disastrous 8 years in office??? Because he hated Big Government??

        And why Bush 2 added another 55,000 plus people to our Federal Government while adding over 900,000 to governments across the nation??? Because he too hated Big Government??

        And why between Carter, Clinton and Obama, the DEMOCRATS have reduced our government by over 380,000 so it’s smaller today by over 330,000 workers than it was when Reagan left office??


  • Dominick Vila

    At this rate the only Republicans not running for president are their janitors.

    • JPHALL

      But their janitors are probably Democrats.

      • BOC

        Not the ones I know.

        • JPHALL

          What ones are you talking about?

          Subject: Re: Comment on Ex-Governor Pataki Joins Republican Race For White House

          • BOC

            The ones that clean up the mess republicans make.

  • joe schmo

    Time to tell Washington they are servants, not masters….
    Liberals have so much compassion for the poor that they make more…. George Pataki

    • Independent1

      Joe, is that why the highest percentages of ‘the poor’ live in states governed by Republicans?? And that even now, it’s Republican led states that are leading the nation in piling up red ink?? And Republican led states that have by far the highest percentages of people living in poverty??? Wise up clown!! You’re nothing more than just one more RWNJ CLOWN!!!!!!!!!


    • Independent1

      And byy the way Joe, if you don’t believe my claim that the GOP has become the party of red ink, see the link below to an article from the U.S. News and World Report.

      And don’t neglect to checkout near the bottom of the article how Scott Walker and Mark Dayton (a Dem) both took over their states at ab out the same time five years ago. And how Walker managed to run Wisconsin into the ground where it’s now about 2 Billion in debt; while Dayton took over Minnesota which was 6 Billion in debt after Pawlenty ran it into the ground over 8 years; but now significantly outperfoms Wisconsin in virtually any measure and has a Billion plus surplus.

  • geraldhoey

    Hey another clown aboard the bus. What’s not to like about that. But Pata k’s a moderate so he’s already dead meat in the eyes of the Republican base.

  • FT66

    It is getting funnier and funnier on the other side of the fence (republican party). It is no longer green. I don’t like this kind of democracy of which people acts like crazy. It is only one candidate needed and they are continuing to pile up. Isn’t anyone there at GOP to tell them its enough no more, or are they trying to reach number 100?

    • Independent1

      It appears that even Republicans realize that what has gathered so far on the GOP side is nothing more than just another clown car with no candidate that could win a national election; and so just like in a slapstick comedy, more and more clowns just keep piling on!!

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    • BOC

      We understand the non-responses.

  • Stephan Alan Sonn

    Arguing with Republicans about poverty is like complaining to the hangman about the decor of gallows.It does not change the mission at all. except for minor edits of their doublet talk. They persist we insist while waiting for the right wave.