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Pataki Joins GOP Presidential Bid

EXETER, New Hampshire — George Pataki, the Sept. 11, 2001-era New York Governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the Presidential nomination May 28, joining an already crowded field.

Just as he was overshadowed after the 2001 terrorist attacks by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York City and President George W. Bush, Pataki opened his 2016 campaign in the shadow of better known rivals. Out of office since 2006, Pataki is a clear underdog in a bustling pack of favorites and longshots.

Pataki told supporters that an increasingly intrusive government is jeopardizing the freedoms past generations fought for, and he will fight to get government out of people’s way.

“It is to preserve and protect that freedom that this morning, I announce I’m a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States,” he said.

The low-key Republican moderate flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but stopped short. Now he hopes to re-ignite the bipartisan unity born in the trauma of 2001.

“While I saw the horrors of September 11 first hand, in the days, weeks and months that followed, I also saw the strength of America on display,” he said. And “I completely reject the idea that we can only come together in adversity.”

Pataki said Americans, with a government that does not restrain freedom, “will once again astonish the world with what we can accomplish.”

Pataki invokes his record working with Republicans and Democrats alike as a three-term Governor who in 1994 defeated Mario Cuomo, the liberal stalwart and celebrated orator many Democrats wanted to see run for President.

Pataki, 69, declared his candidacy in a YouTube video, set in a New York skyscraper.

Without Bush’s bullhorn or Giuliani’s in-your-face crisis management and eloquence, Pataki worked solidly with them to steady a devastated city.

He quickly mobilized New York Army and Air National Guard troops. By the evening of Sept. 11, 750 troops had already reported to armories in New York City to support the massive security and rescue efforts.

Despite his centrist leanings, he’s spent recent months promoting his conservative credentials, as those running for the Republican nomination invariably do.

He’s campaigned against President Barack Obama’s health care law and Obama’s Executive Order to offer protections against deportation to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

In his announcement speech, he criticized Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton for claiming to represent aspirations of the middle class.

(HOLLY RAMER)

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