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George Pataki

George Pataki (Republican, born June 24, 1945) served as governor of New York from 1995 to 2006. He was one of only three Republican governors of New York elected since 1923. Prior to being governor, Pataki was a lawyer who was elected Mayor of his home town of Peekskilk and later went on to be elected to the state legislature. (Wikipedia)

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Pataki's positions on the issues:


Is it important to tax the rich more to reduce the wealth gap?

Pataki says: No.

From PBS: "Pataki brandishes his tax-cutting credentials, with his website biography stating that while he was governor, "19 different taxes were cut 90 times." During this year's Ag Summit in Iowa, Pataki said the federal tax code should be rewritten and taxes for all Americans should be lowered."


How should we deal with illegal immigrants?

Pataki says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From the NY Times: "[Pataki] has supported giving immigrants who are in the country illegally a pathway to legal status, telling MSNBC that the United States cannot "send 11 million people back in railroad cars and buses and trains.""

The Deficit

Should the government be allowed to borrow more money even though it is already in debt?

Pataki says: No.

From the Fiscal Times: "[Pataki] has spoken about the need to overhaul entitlement programs, such as by raising the retirement age for Social Security and increasing Medicare copays. In 2011, he launched an advocacy group promoting the cause of deficit reduction."

Health Care

How should the government ensure that Americans receive health care?

Pataki says: Repeal ObamaCare and let people buy insurance if they want.

From the Hill: "Former Gov. George Pataki (R-N.Y.) marked ObamaCare's fifth anniversary Wednesday by declaring it the "worst law" of his lifetime. "I can't say 'ever,' but in my lifetime I don't think there's been as big a law that's had as negative an impact," Pataki, who is considering a run for the White House... Pataki said he would repeal and then replace ObamaCare with a more market-based alternative."

Gun Control

What should be done to prevent more mass shootings in America?

Pataki says: Better enforce existing gun control laws.

From Breitbart: ""You know, we just saw the tragic murder of another... cop in New York City with an illegal gun," [Pataki] said, adding, "The gun was illegal. Bringing it across state lines was illegal. We need a federal government that enforces the existing laws and doesn't add new laws.""

Criminal Justice

Is police brutality against African Americans a problem?

Pataki says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From CNN: ""Sickened by these barbaric acts [the murder of two New York City police officers], which sadly are a predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of Eric Holder and Mayor de Blasio," [Pataki] tweeted. Pataki was referring to de Blasio's and Holder's support for peaceful protests that decried alleged police brutality in the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, two unarmed black men."


Should the government do more to prevent climate change due to burning of oil and gas?

Pataki says: No.

From PBS: "Pataki, who co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relation's 2007 task force on the issue, believes climate change is a real and scientifically proven. In his opinion, it is best combated through private initiatives. The former governor turned environmental consultant opposes government regulation of emissions."

Gay Marriage

Gay marriage should

Pataki says: Be left to the states to decide.

From the NY Times: "Mr. Pataki, who signed into law a gay rights bill when he was governor, has said that Republicans should not focus on issues like same-sex marriage and abortion, calling them "a distraction" that would hurt the party's chance of retaking the White House. He believes the issues are best left to individual states to decide."


How should America fight ISIS?

Pataki says: Send U.S. troops.

From CNN: ""I don't want to see us putting in a million soldiers, spend 10 years, a trillion dollars, trying to create a democracy where one hasn't existed," Pataki said Wednesday on CNN's "New Day." "But send in troops, destroy their training centers, destroy their recruitment centers, destroy the area where they are looking to plan to attack us here and then get out." Pataki added that while Americans may be wary of sending troops back into combat the fight against ISIS "is our war.""


How should America respond to Russian aggression?

Pataki says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From the Hugh Hewitt show: "It's far better to show to Putin our strength, our commitment, our willingness to put troops on the ground in our allies to avoid war. You know, I want to rebuild our military not so we can use it, but so that we don't have to use it. And whether it's Poland with the anti-ballistic missile deterrent system that this President pulled the rug out from under, or taking whatever necessary steps to let Putin know that one step into the Baltics against our NATO allies means war."

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