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Pataki for President
Pataki for President Campaign Logo.png
Campaign Republican primaries
United States presidential election, 2016
Candidate George Pataki
Governor of New York (1995–2006)
Affiliation Republican Party
Status Announced: May 28, 2015
Suspended: December 29, 2015
Headquarters 132 E. 43rd St. #614
New York, New York
Key people Vincent Balascio, campaign manager
Receipts US$544,182 (2015-12-31[1])
Slogan People over politics
Website
http://www.georgepataki.com/

The 2016 presidential campaign of George Pataki, the 53rd Governor of New York, was formally launched on May 28, 2015. After having considered a candidacy in previous cycles, his campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election was his first bid for the presidency.

On December 29, 2015, Pataki told his supporters that his campaign was henceforth suspended.

Background[edit]

George Pataki

Pataki, who served three consecutive terms as Governor of New York from January 1995 to December 2006, first publicly expressed interest in the idea of seeking the Republican presidential nomination during the 2008 presidential election cycle[2] but did not run in that election.

He again openly contemplated a bid for the Republican nomination in the 2012 election before announcing in August 2011 that he had decided against doing so.[3]

In an August 2014 interview with Newsmax TV, Pataki expressed interest in a presidential bid for the 2016 Republican nomination.[4] In January 2015, he revealed to ABC News that he had launched a political action committee (PAC) for the purpose of exploring, and making preparations for, a possible presidential candidacy.[5] On May 14, 2015, Pataki stated on MSNBC's Morning Joe that he would announce his decision regarding his potential candidacy on May 28 at an event in New Hampshire.[6] He later confirmed to the New York Post that he intended to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nominination at the aforementioned event.[7][8]

Campaign[edit]

Pataki officially launched his presidential campaign on May 28, 2015. He initially confirmed his candidacy via a video message which appeared on his website, before making a formal announcement before a gathering of supporters and members of the media in Exeter, New Hampshire.[9][10] Pataki chose Exeter as the location for his announcement because it was the state capital during the Revolutionary War and is, by some accounts, the birthplace of the Republican Party.[7][10]

A Quinnipiac poll conducted immediately after Pataki announced his campaign found him tied for first place among Republican voters in New York.[11] Despite his popularity in his home state, his candidacy was considered a long-shot because of his age, not running a campaign since 2002, and his liberal stances on abortion, gay marriage, gun control and environmental protection.[12][13]

Pataki did not perform well in nationwide polls. Most polls showed him polling at 1% or less of the Republican primary voters. On December 29, the Boston Globe reported that Pataki was contacting New Hampshire supporters to inform them he was dropping out of the race. He endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio on January 26, 2016. After Rubio suspended his campaign, Pataki endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich on April 14, 2016, five days before the primary in his home state of New York.[14]

Pataki did not file to be on the primary ballot in multiple states, including Florida, Virginia and Texas.[15][16][17]

Endorsements[edit]

George Pataki endorsements
State legislators

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Candidate (P60007572) Summary Reports – 2016 Cycle". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Nagourney, Adam (July 15, 2005). "Pataki Will Test '08 Winds in Iowa". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Falcone, Michael (August 26, 2011). "George Pataki Passes On 2012 Presidential Race". ABC News. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Chumley, Cheryl K. (August 8, 2014) "George Pataki cites Obama’s ‘hideous’ hits at Constitution as reason for possible 2016 run", The Washington Times. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Former New York Gov. Pataki to Test Presidential Waters with New PAC". KTIC Radio. January 22, 2015. Archived from the original on February 7, 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Gass, Nick (May 14, 2015) "George Pataki will have announcement on White House run on May 28", Politico. Retrieved May , 2015.
  7. ^ a b Schultz, Marisa (May 25, 2015). "George Pataki to announce presidential bid Thursday". New York Post. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (May 26, 2015). "Pataki launching presidential bid Thursday". CNN.com. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Fahrenthold, David A. (May 28, 2015). "George Pataki announces presidential campaign". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Ramer, Holly (May 28, 2015). "Former NY GOP governor Pataki in the race for president". Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ PATAKI, RUBIO, BUSH TOP GOP PACK IN NEW YORK
  12. ^ George Pataki: The Long Shot
  13. ^ 5 Things You Should Know About George Pataki
  14. ^ Struyk, Ryan (January 26, 2016). "George Pataki Endorses Marco Rubio for President". ABC News. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Only Pataki fails to submit signatures for Virginia primary". The Hill. December 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ "George Pataki not on Florida's GOP primary ballot". CNN. December 15, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Gilmore, Pataki Miss Filing Deadline for Texas Primary". The Texas Tribune. December 14, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Jonathan Topaz and Nick Gass (28 May 2015). "George Pataki announces 2016 presidential bid". Politico. 

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