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Pataki: GOP Candidates Should Ignore Media Trip-Up Questions

By    |   Monday, 16 Feb 2015 10:25 PM

Republican candidates for president should stop being tripped up by media questions about issues that don't matter to Americans, says former New York Gov. George Pataki, a likely contender himself.

Appearing on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File" on Monday, Pataki was asked about the recent problems that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had when questioned by the British press on evolution and measles vaccines respectively.

Pataki said Walker, who "punted" on the question, should either have answered it or brushed its importance aside.

"We have ISIS going crazy around the world. We have now the violence in Copenhagen. And we're talking ability measles vaccines and evolution. And we look ridiculous in the eyes of the public," he said.

"They could have either said I'm focusing protecting America from ISIS, or they could have answered the question," he said.

Host Megyn Kelly said they risk looking "too Republican" if they answer the question.

"Too Republican?" Pataki answered. "I kind of thought that the idea of vaccination was settled when George Washington at Valley Forge vaccinated the troops against smallpox. He did pretty well. He had a pretty good political career."

Pataki said he was hammered by the press during his 12 years as governor from a press carrying a "very left-wing social agenda."

"I said I'm focusing on making New Yorkers safe," he said.

The press can ask the questions, Pataki said, but candidates should focus on what matters to the American people.

He said he favors leaving same-sex marriage to the states, and that neither that, nor contraception are issues for Washington.

Asked about the Islamic State (ISIS), Pataki said, America should attack them before they attack on U.S. soil.

"I was governor on September 11th. We thought on the other side of the world we didn't have to worry. We have to worry," he said. "We are vulnerable here. We have to attack them there."

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Republican candidates for president should stop being tripped up by media questions about issues that don't matter to Americans, says former New York Gov. George Pataki, a likely contender himself.
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