- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Former New York Gov. George Pataki says he’s leaning toward jumping into the 2016 presidential race.

“I’m leaning towards in,” Mr. Pataki, a Republican, said Tuesday on Fox News. “I look at the country, I look at the world, just this morning with Russia lifting its ban on anti-aircraft weaponry to Iran, it just shows how dangerous the situation is, and we need good leadership in this country.”

He called former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Sunday announcement that she’s entering the race on the Democratic side “arrogant and weak.”

“I’m announcing on a Sunday so everybody has to just continue to follow social media to find out what’s going on,” he said. “Her record, four years as secretary of state, leading from behind, the Libyan chaos that she created, the Russian reset that obviously hasn’t worked. We withdrew our last troops from Iraq creating the void where ISIS has filled that void.”

“I don’t know what she’s going to run on,” he said. “It certainly can’t be her record as secretary of state.”

Mr. Pataki is scheduled to be in New Hampshire later this week, along with a host of other Republicans eyeing White House bids, for the state Republican party’s “2015 #FITN (first in the nation) Republican Leadership Summit.”

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida became the third major Republican to enter the race on Monday, joining fellow freshman Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“I think they’re all very good candidates — I think there are a lot of good potential or declared Republican candidates,” Mr. Pataki said. “But I think there’s a big difference — they are three senators. They haven’t run a government. They haven’t shown their ability to convert words to action, and we just had that — six years now with Barack Obama.”

“He spoke wonderful words back when he was running the first time, but I think the American people see that he has failed to be able to deliver on those words,” he continued. “Someone who has led a state like New York for 12 years … I think that is a differentiator that the American people understand.”

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