Nov 24, 2014 1:32 PM

NH1 Radio Exclusive: Former NY governor George Pataki talks Immigration, Ferguson and 2016

CONCORD - Former New York Governor George Pataki says he's seriously considering a run for President in 2016.

In an interview with NH1 Radio News Director Jeff Wade in Concord Monday, Pataki says "Given the challenges facing this country, and I think that so many of those challenges come from failed policy in Washington, I am very seriously looking at running this time."

Pataki has flirted with the idea of running for President before, in 2008 and again in 2012, before deciding against it as candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney had broad support. With a new poll suggesting the GOP field is wide open in 2016, however, Pataki may think the third time could be the charm.

The former 3-term New York Governor says people often say to him that he must be relieved not to be in office so he doesn't have to face so many challenging issues, but he feels the opposite. "It's when things are the most difficult when, if you believe in yourself, you most want to be in office because you think you can overcome those difficulties." Pataki says he expects to make a decision early in 2015 on a possible White House run.

Pataki also took the opportunity to criticize President Obama's recent Executive Order on immigration, saying "I think it's just terribly wrong for the president to unilaterally, right after an election, an election that basically repudiated his policies, to say 'well, I'm just gonna do it anyway.'"

Pataki says he favors a plan that ensures "we have permanent control of the border, and those who want to stay here have to recognize that they have broken the law, and have to pay a penalty for having broken the law, to show their respect for the rule of law."

Hear the complete interview with George Pataki here.


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