Oct 17, 2015 10:40 PM
Steinhauser: Pataki says 'we have enough' cash 'to continue our campaign'
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – George Pataki isn’t worried about his extremely low third quarter fundraising haul.
The former three-term New York State governor and longshot for the Republican presidential nomination tells NH1 News “I read where this campaign or the other campaign are laying off all these staff because they’ve run out of money. We don’t have to worry about that because we haven’t had any money from the beginning.”
But Pataki adds that “We have enough to continue our campaign. We’ve got great people here on the ground in New Hampshire.”
Pataki, along with former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, is at the bottom of the list of 15 GOP White House candidates when it comes to fundraising in the July through September quarter. Pataki raised a meager $150,000 during that period, and as of October 1 had an extremely low $15,000 cash on hand.
Pataki’s campaigning almost entirely in the first-in-the-nation primary state, along with frequent guest appearances on the cable news networks. Pataki is battling Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and former business executive Carly Fiorina for the most time spent in the Granite State since last year’s midterm elections.
Pataki remains optimistic his experience will attract undecided voters.
“I love the retail campaigning in New Hampshire and on a day like this in the fall, how can you beat it. And I still believe that well over half of New Hampshire voters haven’t made a decision. We had great political theater over the summer but as we get closer to February I think people are going to want someone who’s able to lead, bring Americans together, actually get things done and have the right vision not just for New Hampshire but for America,” he told NH1 News.
Passionate on climate change
On Columbus day Pataki kicked off a week of campaigning in New Hampshire with an appearance at the bipartisan No Labels Problem Solvers convention in Manchester. Pataki teamed up with Democrat Evan Bayh, a former governor and senator from Indiana, to discuss climate change.
As he did at the No Labels gathering, Pataki later in the week told NH1 News that “I think what we need to do is come together without regard to party and understand that we need to invest in clean energy, next generation energy. Have market based solutions, innovation that will allow us to lower energy costs, have more domestic secure sources of energy and at the same time get rid of greenhouse gasses that are causing the earth to warm. I think that’s something that we can create a consensus on.”
But he then took a shot at the other party, saying “the problem now is that the Democrats, the Obama-Hillary side want to raise costs, drive factories overseas, increase government power and all it’s going to do is drive factories to places like China where they don’t have the pollution control regulations we do here.”
Pataki says he’s passionate about climate change, adding “this is something I strongly believe that we will not only be cleaning our atmosphere and having healthier cleaner air in the United States but we’ll strengthen our economy because we can export these technologies to countries like China and India that are poisoning their people with pollution and in the process help the world eliminate the greenhouse gases that are causing the world to warm.”