• PATAKI, GEORGE E
Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Experience: Candidate, United States President, 2008
Campaign Status: Dropped out
Home State: New York
Total Raised: $547,263Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Personal

    Full Name: George E. Pataki
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Libby; 4 Children: Emily, Teddy, Allison, Owen
    Birth Date: 06/24/1945
    Birth Place: Peekskill, NY
    Home City: Garrison, NY
    Religion: Roman Catholic

Education

    JD, Columbia University Law School, 1970
    BA, Yale University, 1967

Political Experience

    Candidate, United States President, 2008
    Governor, State of New York, 1994-2006
    Senator, New York State Senate, 1992-1994
    Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, 1984-1992
    Mayor, Peekskill, New York, 1981-1984

Professional Experience

    Of Counsel, Chadbourne and Parke, Limited Liability Company, present
    President, Pataki-Cahill Group, present
    Farm Owner

About George Pataki

George Elmer Pataki was born in Peekskill, New York, the younger of two sons. He received a scholarship from the prestigious Yale University in 1964, attending classes there at the same time as now former President George W Bush. He completed a four-year degree after only three years, and went on to study at and graduate from Columbia Law School.

A solid fiscal conservative, George Pataki signed and sponsored several tax cuts while in office, and proposed various budgets which called for the privatization of state entities and for other budget reductions. He even stuck to his guns during the early 2000's, when a recession-stricken economy caused tax revenues and languish, his support for maintaining lean fiscal policy resting on the argument that new taxes would harm business and cost jobs, exacerbating existing problems.

Nevertheless, Pataki has drawn the ire of many conservatives in his party for some of his positions on social issues. He remains pro-choice on the issue of abortion, despite having been pressured by his allies on the matter, and he fought stringently for the passing of a gay rights bill that had erstwhile failed to see progress in the state legislature due to prominent opposition. Pataki was able to make the resistance back down, and signed the bill into law, again to the displeasure of conservative Republicans.

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Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Oppose
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Strongly Support
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

Support
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Oppose
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Support
7. Make voter registration easier

No Opinion
8. Prioritize green energy

Support
9. Avoid foreign entanglements

Oppose
10. Expand the military

Support
11. Support & expand free trade

Support
12. Support American Exceptionalism

No Opinion
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Oppose
14. Expand ObamaCare

Support
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Oppose
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

Oppose
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Support
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Support
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Strongly Support
20. Privatize Social Security

Support
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