The GOP field shrinks by one with former New York Governor George Pataki’s decision to suspend his 2016 presidential campaign. NBC News reports that he told his supporters on Tuesday that he would no longer be in the running.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki announced he is ending his 2016 presidential campaign in a message to GOP voters that aired on NBC News affiliates in the early primary states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.“While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House as I suspend my campaign for president, I am confident we can elect the right person,” Pataki said. “Someone who will bring us together and who understands that politicians, including the president, must be the people’s servant and not their master.” Pataki recounted his record as governor and invoked his experiences on 9/11, saying “if we’re truly going to make America great again, we need to elect a president who will do three things — confront and defeat radical Islam, shrink the size and power of Washington and unite us again in our belief in this great country.”
The moderate Republican never had a chance to win the nomination, so many wondered why he entered the race in the first place. With Pataki gone, the GOP field remains swollen. Twelve hopefuls are still hanging around, the majority with no real hope. In truth, the GOP nominee will come from the trio of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. All the rest should follow Pataki’s example and make room for those who can actually win the nomination.