White House Watch: George Pataki

George Pataki

Yet another white male has entered the race for the Republican Party’s U.S. Presidential nomination. This week, New York’s George Pataki is analyzed for SFGN’s White House Watch.

George Elmer Pataki, 69, served as the Governor of New York from 1995 to 2006. On Thursday in New Hampshire, Pataki announced he is running for President. This was news immediately dismissed by the old guard of journalism.

“It may be difficult for Mr. Pataki, 69, to raise money for his campaign or to qualify for national debates,” wrote Alexander Burns of the New York Times.

Pataki knows the taste of victory, having chased Democratic kingpin Mario Cuomo from office in Albany, N.Y. He governed New York, then the third largest state in the United States, for three terms.

That record in New York was how Pataki introduced himself to a New Hampshire crowd, saying “after 12 years of my conservative policies, we replaced dependency with opportunity, resignation with hope, mere existence with dreams, a welfare check with a paycheck.”

Pataki signed a gay rights bill while New York Governor and is pro-choice, but considers the two issues, “distractions” for Republicans. Pataki claims a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a law degree from Yale Law School. He attended the New Haven, Connecticut campus with former U.S. President George W. Bush.

In New Hampshire last weekend, Pataki described himself as a centrist, telling The Times he is “a voice of moderation.” The nation’s first GOP debate is scheduled for Aug. 6, but only the top 10 candidates in the polls will be admitted. The debate will be aired by the Fox News Channel.

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