Former New York Gov. George Pataki moved closer to a 2016 presidential run on Thursday as he announced the formation of a PAC and tore into his potential Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
In an interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV
, Pataki called "outrageous" a report that the Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, raising questions of influence-buying.
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which broke the story, also said one of those donations violated the foundation's ethics agreement with the Obama administration.
"First of all, doing it is wrong. How can you be an objective secretary of state when your family is taking in tens of millions from a government where you're influencing America's relationship with that government," said Pataki, a Republican.
"And if, in fact, it violated State Department regulations, then what are the consequences? You just can't have the most important foreign policy official in our government being influenced by foreign governments."
The three-time New York governor also took the gloves off when asked about Rudy Giuliani's controversial comment last week that President Barack Obama does not love America.
"I don't question President Obama's love for the country, but I understand Rudy's reaction because he and I were at Ground Zero on Sept. 11. We knew some of those who died in those horrible attacks and it's not something that we saw on TV; we experienced it live," Pataki told Malzberg.
"When we see a president who doesn't stand up for America, who doesn't even acknowledge that these radical groups are radical Islamists and refuses to acknowledge that.
"When we have a president who is committed to reducing our military … when we're facing this risk. Of course, we have to doubt, certainly, his policies and certainly his commitment to doing everything as president he can to protecting this country."
Pataki has formed a new super PAC, "We the People Not Washington," to push his "future agenda to empower the citizens of our great nation, dismantle the perpetual growth and overreach of the federal government and begin reducing the size of the federal government to a more appropriate level."
"Washington has not just grown too big, too powerful, too expensive, and too intrusive. It also has now been dominated by interest groups that really convince the politicians to act in their interest and not in our interest," Pataki said.
"Then, we got to take Washington back, we have to reduce its size, but we also have to [give] power from Washington to the states and the people.
Pataki said the creation of the super PAC is an "important step" in his consideration of a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but he's not ready to declare as yet.
"We have these ridiculous campaign finance laws and that's why no one is actually a candidate. But for those laws I could well be a candidate," he said.
In a separate interview with Ed Berliner on the Newsmax TV show "MidPoint," Pataki said the United States is at "greater risk today" of a terror attack "than at any time since Sept. 11."
He said he credited that, in large part, to "the failure of the Obama administration" to admit the rising threat level emanates from radical Islam.
Pataki said the nation's security climate and conditions today resemble the run-up to both the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 2001 destruction of the Twin Towers.
Back then, terror groups were proliferating abroad and operating out of hidden training camps, while recruiting and radicalizing people for attacks, Pataki told Berliner.
Today, he said, it's the Islamic State with its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and its Internet-fueled global outreach to westerners.
"Right now ISIS has training camps, recruitment centers," said Pataki. "They have hundreds of millions of dollars. We see every day that they have thousands of people with western passports."
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