Former NY Gov. Pataki: Stop Fighting, Rally Around Romney

Wednesday, 07 Mar 2012 01:55 PM

By Dan Weil

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Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney continues to amass endorsements from the Republican establishment. Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who considered running in this election himself, gave his backing to the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday on Fox News, Politico reports.

"This president has been running a general election strategy for a year while we’ve been mired in the trenches shooting at each other, and it has to stop," Pataki said. "I think Mitt showed last night he has the breadth of support that warrants our rallying around him."

Romney may not be perfect, but he’s the best the GOP now has to offer, Pataki said, according to Politico. And he believes the party would do better to let Romney correct his problems now rather than slog through a rancorous primary process.

"Mitt is not a perfect candidate," Pataki said. "He has a number of problems. It's hard for blue-collar families like mine to identify with him, it's hard for economic conservatives to identify with him, he needs to do more to reach out to the Latinos. But I think he has to focus on that and defeating President Obama as opposed to winning the next primary and the next state."

Given Pataki’s status as a moderate, his endorsement may not help Romney much with the Republican base, according to Politico.




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