George Pataki joins crowded GOP field

by Jesse Byrnes  |  published on May 28, 2015

Former New York Gov. George Pataki early Thursday released a video announcing his 2016 White House bid, joining a crowded field of Republican candidates.

“Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive and too intrusive,” Pataki said in the video, which includes images of the New York skyline and close-ups of the Republican.

“It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government,” a soft-spoken Pataki added in the video, which flashes his “Pataki For President” logo. It was posted to his campaign website.

Pataki noted being elected three consecutive times as governor in deep-blue New York.

His position as governor during 9/11 is highlighted heavily in the video, which ends with him seeming to look to the future while overlooking the World Freedom Tower.

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