Former New York Gov. George Pataki confirmed in a video early Thursday that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president.
The three-and-a-half-minute video posted to his campaign website featured an anti-big government message, “Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive, and too intrusive,” and highlighted Pataki’s role as governor of New York following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
“We have always understood that we have a common background and a common destiny, and when we stand together, we can accomplish anything,” Pataki says in the video. “I saw that on the streets of New York in the days and weeks after September 11.”
At the end of the video, a graphic says, “Pataki for President.”
Pataki would be the eighth Republican candidate to announce his run for the White House, and does so one day after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum launched his second presidential campaign. Pataki was scheduled to speak Thursday in Exeter, N.H., which served as the state capital during the Revolutionary War and claims to be the birthplace of the Republican Party.