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Republican NY Governor:
George Pataki on the Issues

George Pataki on Abortion

  • Claims he can overcome GOP objection to pro-abortion stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Favors abortion rights. (Jun 2006)
  • Vetoes non-prescription morning-after pill. (Aug 2005)
  • Supports banning partial birth abortions. (May 1996)
  • Voted in NY legislature to cut off Medicaid abortion funding. (Jun 1994)
  • Supported by right-to-life groups in 1990s elections. (May 1990)

George Pataki on Budget & Economy

  • Cut taxes & cut spending. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)

George Pataki on Civil Rights

  • Opposes same-sex marriage; supports gay & lesbian rights. (Jan 2007)
  • No Federal Marriage Amendment; yes hate crime legislation. (Dec 2006)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Decide Indian gaming rules at state level, not DOI. (Jul 1999)

George Pataki on Corporations

  • Bankruptcy reform: prevent inappropriate Chapter 7 filings. (May 1999)

George Pataki on Crime

  • Instituted death penalty in NY. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

George Pataki on Drugs

  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

George Pataki on Education

  • Fund charter schools as independent non-profit entities. (Jun 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)

George Pataki on Energy & Oil

  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)
  • Maintain federal funds for transit funding above 12.5% cap. (Jul 1999)

George Pataki on Environment

  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)

George Pataki on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

George Pataki on Foreign Policy

  • Stop using Vieques, Puerto Rico, for bombing & training. (Mar 2001)

George Pataki on Free Trade

  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)

George Pataki on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
  • More federal funding for FAA and air traffic control. (Jul 1999)

George Pataki on Gun Control

  • Supports gun control legislation. (Dec 2006)

George Pataki on Health Care

  • $28M for Primary Care Initiative. (Jan 2001)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

George Pataki on Homeland Security

  • We must win the War on Terror to keep America safe. (Dec 2006)

George Pataki on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)

George Pataki on Jobs

No stance on record.

George Pataki on Principles & Values

  • #6 on Human Events’ list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Bush does what he says he’ll do. (Sep 2004)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)

George Pataki on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)

George Pataki on Tax Reform

  • Phase out estate and gift taxes. (Jul 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)

George Pataki on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism. (Jan 2002)

George Pataki on Welfare & Poverty

  • Four-year limit for full welfare benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)