Former New York Gov. George Pataki today became the potential likely presidential candidate to confirm his attendance at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First-in-the-Nation Republican Leadership Summit” on April 17 and 18, the New Hampshire Journal has learned.
Pataki will speak on the morning of Friday, April 17. He is in the state again today and tomorrow, for the third time this year for a series of private meetings and media interviews as he moves toward a presidential run.
Pataki joins Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton as those who have confirmed appearances. Still outstanding are invitations to the other likely GOP candidates.
In a statement released to the New Hampshire Journal, Pataki said: “President Obama has failed to fix our nation’s troubles and broke his pledge to change the culture in Washington. We need to stop being sidetracked by distractions and finally tackle the serious issues head on without being beholden to the lobbyists and special interests that already hold too much control over the laws of this nation.”
Pataki also said: “New Hampshire provides a unique opportunity to speak directly with the grassroots — the real people who are affected by Washington’s overreach. I am excited to be joining the New Hampshire GOP at its ‘First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit’ and look forward to the opportunity to share my ideas for a smaller more effective government, individual freedom and a stronger nation.”