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Pataki to Obama: Stop 'Gloom and Doom' and Negotiate With GOP

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 08:45 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Former New York Gov. George Pataki delivered an impassioned plea to President Barack Obama Thursday on Newsmax TV — imploring the commander-in-chief to stop complaining and start negotiating.

“Please, Mr. President, enough of the catastrophic gloom and doom,’’ Pataki demanded, referring to Obama’s warnings about the March 1 deadline after which $85 billion in federal budget cuts will immediately be triggered.

“If you don’t like sequestration, sit down in good faith with Republicans and come up with a better alternative.’’

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In exclusive back-to-back interviews with Newsmax’s Kathleen Walter and Steve Malzberg, Pataki — who led the Empire State from 1995 to 2006 — also criticized Obama for his recent leisurely day of golf with Tiger Woods.

“This president is happier playing golf with Tiger Woods and demonizing Republicans than doing the work that a true executive would engage in,’’ the former governor said.
“He’s already threatening to shut down the Washington Monument. The type of timed visibility intentionally inflicting pain on the American people to score a political point, that’s not leadership. That’s demagoguery.’’

Pataki told of the frustration of Republican lawmakers who say Obama has repeatedly refused to deal.

“How do you negotiate with nothing? This president has constantly insisted it’s got to be my way,’’ Pataki said.

“He is able to demonize every bad thing that can conceivably happen to the world is going to be because the Republicans wouldn’t let him have his way on sequestration.’’

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On the subject of Obamacare, Pataki called it “the worst single law that has been passed in my lifetime. … Tens of millions of Americans have to change healthcare they were very happy with. Millions of Americans are going to lose their healthcare. … It’s going to be a nightmare.

“I hope that it’s enough to get Congress to take a look and seriously look at repealing and replacing Obamacare with something that makes sense.’’

Turning to New York State, Pataki said he had “serious reservations’’ about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent assault-weapon legislation, which was quickly passed in response to the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shootings.

“I don’t know about the constitutionality of it,’’ he said. “I honestly think the timing, the desire to be the first to pass a bill after the horrible incident in Newtown, created a rush that really prevented some intelligent dialogue on the consequences of this law.’’

He said, for example, that New York State had already limited the clip size in weapons to 10 rounds.

“[It’s] a perfectly reasonable number. They have now reduced that number to seven, which I don’t think is going to have any impact except making it far more difficult to access the appropriate clips for the weapons you might have,’’ he said.

“Second of all, they forgot to exempt law enforcement so that police officers … until they change that law, probably are in violation of that new provision because the clips in [their] guns carry more ammunition than that.’’

According to published reports, Cuomo plans to introduce controversial legislation guaranteeing women the right to late-term abortions when their health is in danger — which The National Review dubbed his “radical abortion regime.’’

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“I don’t think it should be controversial. It should just be rejected,’’ Pataki said. “This is partial birth abortion. … It is the wrong thing to do and I hope that the legislature in its wisdom takes a hard look at this and decides that New York should not.’’

Asked whether he will ever run for office again — possibly the Senate — Pataki said he doesn’t think so.

But, he added coyly, “I know better than to close any doors.’’


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