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Aug 27, 2015 11:12 PM

Steinhauser: Pataki not worried about low poll numbers, says Trump is 'just dreadful'

NH1 Political Director -

CONCORD – George Pataki says he’s not concerned about his very low poll numbers.

And the long shot for the Republican presidential nomination tells NH1 News that GOP front runner Donald Trump “is just dreadful” for the party.

The former three-term New York State governor spoke with NH1 News along Main Street in Concord on Thursday afternoon, part of a jam-packed two-day-swing through the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Pataki, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, doesn’t even crack one percent in a new national poll in the race for the GOP nomination released Thursday by Quinnipiac University. And Pataki’s at one percent in the two most recent surveys of those likely to vote in February’s GOP primary in the Granite State.

“If it was February of next year I’d be concerned, but this summer’s really been soundbite reality theater politics and really no one has moved unless they’ve spent millions of dollars on TV and we haven’t done that,” Pataki told NH1 News.

“So you just continue to meet people, make the case. I had three events today, speaking at chambers of commerce and other groups, and I love this sort of stuff and I’m hopeful that as people get closer to February and understand the importance of this election they’ll want someone who can actually lead, has real solutions and is going to bring grown up government to America,” he added.

Asked if he’s considering putting campaign ads up on New Hampshire airwaves, Pataki said “it’s a function of money. We’d love to do that but, and we’ll just continue to work, look to raise the funds and make the case.”

“But I’m not focused on that. I’m focused on meeting people because ultimately, one of the things I love about New Hampshire is it is so much retail politics. An ad can give an impression but when you meet someone it leaves a deeper impression. And it’s a lot harder work but it’s what I love,” added Pataki, who’s been a ferocious retail campaigner in the Granite State this year.

While Pataki barely registers in the polls, fellow New Yorker Donald Trump has soared this summer in public opinion surveys.

Asked what he makes of Trump’s front runner status and if Trump’s good for the GOP, Pataki quickly answered that “I think Trump is just dreadful to be perfectly honest. His solutions are not solutions. They are demagoguery. The idea that we’re going to take more than 10 million Mexicans and deport them, the idea that Mexicans are thugs and rapists, we don’t need somebody who divides us. Obama has done that for the last seven years. We need someone who brings us together.”

And Pataki chided many of his rivals for the nomination, saying “I am appalled that so many of my fellow Republicans seeking the nomination have been afraid to stand up to Trump to say that this is wrong and outrageous and I wish they would.”

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