BY: Citizens Count
By Paul Briand
When the dust settles on the current voter attraction to Donald Trump and Ben Carson, former New York Gov. George Pataki said he’ll be the candidate best suited both as the GOP nominee and as president.
Pataki spoke Friday to a group of employees at One Liberty Lane in Hampton, saying his credentials as mayor of Peekskill, N.Y., as a member of both the New York Assembly and Senate, and as a three-term governor in a state dominated by Democrats make him qualified “to change the direction and nature of Washington dramatically.”
“I look at the other candidates out there and I ask myself, ‘Who’s going to be able to appeal, yes, to the Republicans, get them motivated?’ But to win in the 21st century a Republican has to get independents and he has to get intelligent Democrats,” he said. “You can’t be just this narrow person. Philosophically, I don’t believe in being a narrow person who says divide, go to the base. We have to bring Americans together to win the race as a Republican. I know I can do that.” In this video clip, he discusses the current appeal of real estate mogul Donald Trump and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who have been topping the polls among a gaggle of GOP presidential contenders. Pataki believes their appeal will eventually fade:
He said, as president, “I want to see us make things in America again.” He said he’ll do that with a wholesale rewrite of the tax code. He also said he’d like to see the repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act (which made changes in the nation’s financial regulatory system in the wake of the 2008 mortgage crisis) and Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002 legislation that set new or expanded requirements for all U.S. public company boards, management and public accounting firms). Here’s what he said:
On the nation’s security, he said “you do whatever it takes” to secure the nation’s borders. Pataki said some stretches of the southern border with Mexico will need a wall, while other sections can be secured with surveillance technology. Of Trump’s plan to deport 11 million illegal residents (as well as their children born in the country) Pataki called it “completely absurd.” He said there is a middle ground path to what he called “legalized status” - short of full citizenship but as least as legal residents of the country. As to foreign security, he pointed to three threats: China, Russia and radical Islamists, whom he cited as the largest area of concern. He recommended the use, on a limited basis, of special operations troops to hunt and kill members of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). Here’s what he said: