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George Pataki at Friday's Republican Convention
George Pataki at Friday's Republican Convention

In fiery GOP convention address, Pataki says Obama "stealing from our future"

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Republicans gathered in Rochester Friday to pick a candidate to challenge Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Former governor George Pataki was the keynote speaker at the Republican convention in Rochester. Pataki praised the current Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, saying Cuomo's "made some very positive steps."

But Pataki gave a fiery speech against President Barack Obama and he says this year's election is a fight for the very "soul" of the nation.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

The normally laid back former governor gave a red meat speech aimed at energizing delegates. Pataki says
the health care act that opponents call Obamacare is the worst law he’s seen in his lifetime. Pataki says the President has deeply divided the county and driven up the national debt by billions of dollars.
“He is stealing from our future,” Pataki said. “To pay off political interests.”
“We have got to stop it,” said Pataki, to applause.
Pataki only once mentioned Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate that he is supporting,  but said afterward that even if another candidate like Rick Santorum wins the nomination he’d be “perfectly willing to work very hard” to get him elected President.

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