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George Pataki on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes on Abortion OR background 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
Click here for 5 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Slash job-killing regulations & cut taxes too. (Jan 2006)
  • 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
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background 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
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  • We cut taxes 81 times; cut taxes on businesses once again. (Jan 2006)
  • Bankruptcy reform: prevent inappropriate Chapter 7 filings. (May 1999)
George Pataki on Crime
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  • Abolished parole for violent felons. (Jan 2006)
  • Operation IMPACT: focus police in high crime upstate cities. (Jan 2006)
  • People must be held accountable for their actions. (Jan 2006)
  • Instituted death penalty in NY. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
George Pataki on Drugs
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  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
George Pataki on Education
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  • Expand charter schools throughout the state. (Jan 2006)
  • 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
Click here for 8 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Tackle climate change via private & market-based initiatives. (Jan 2015)
  • Reduce expensive, polluting, terror-promoting foreign oil. (Jan 2006)
  • Make renewable fuel tax-free, for mass transit & cars. (Jan 2006)
  • 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
Click here for 7 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Majestic Hudson flows cleaner than it has in generations. (Jan 2006)
  • Preserve & enhance our natural treasures for future. (Jan 2006)
  • 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
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Prevent release of sexual predators into our neighborhoods. (Jan 2006)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
George Pataki on Foreign Policy
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  • Stop using Vieques, Puerto Rico, for bombing & training. (Mar 2001)
George Pataki on Free Trade
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  • Focus on in-sourcing foreign companies back to New York. (Jan 2006)
  • Invest in math & science innovation to compete with China. (Jan 2006)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Bound under state commitment to CAFTA. (Aug 2005)
George Pataki on Government Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Reform lobbying laws for more restrictions & disclosure. (Jan 2006)
  • Governing philosophy: active but limited government. (Jan 2006)
  • 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
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  • Supports gun control legislation. (Dec 2006)
George Pataki on Health Care
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  • Revere America: work to repeal ObamaCare. (Apr 2014)
  • Take decisions out of the hands of government bureaucrats. (Jan 2006)
  • $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
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  • We must win the War on Terror to keep America safe. (Dec 2006)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
George Pataki on Immigration
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  • No executive orders on immigration. (Jan 2015)
  • 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
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
George Pataki on Local Issues
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George Pataki on Principles & Values
Click here for 7 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • People safe in their homes are free to pursue their dreams. (Nov 2006)
  • #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
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  • 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
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  • Eliminate the marriage penalty & cut taxes. (Jan 2006)
  • 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 Technology
Click here for 3 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Terrorism III package: cyber-terrorism and agri-terrorism. (Jan 2006)
  • Support Empire Innovation and Centers of Excellence. (Jan 2006)
  • Make NY the center for clean, renewable energy research. (Jan 2006)
George Pataki on War & Peace
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  • Honor soldiers destroying terrorist insurgency in Iraq. (Jan 2006)
  • Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism. (Jan 2002)
George Pataki on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 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)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Claims he can overcome GOP objection to pro-abortion stance: Favors topic 1
Favors abortion rights: Favors topic 1
Vetoes non-prescription morning-after pill: Opposes topic 1
Supports banning partial birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
Voted in NY legislature to cut off Medicaid abortion funding: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supported by right-to-life groups in 1990s elections: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Opposes same-sex marriage; supports gay & lesbian rights: Favors topic 3
No Federal Marriage Amendment; yes hate crime legislation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Four-year limit for full welfare benefits: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Revere America: work to repeal ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Take decisions out of the hands of government bureaucrats: Opposes topic 5
$28M for Primary Care Initiative: Favors topic 5
Tax credits for those without employee health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Expand charter schools throughout the state: Favors topic 7
Fund charter schools as independent non-profit entities: Strongly Favors topic 7
Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Majestic Hudson flows cleaner than it has in generations: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Preserve & enhance our natural treasures for future: Opposes topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Supports grants for brownfields remediation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Abolished parole for violent felons: Strongly Favors topic 9
Operation IMPACT: focus police in high crime upstate cities: Favors topic 9
People must be held accountable for their actions: Favors topic 9
Prevent release of sexual predators into our neighborhoods: Strongly Favors topic 9
Instituted death penalty in NY: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports gun control legislation: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We cut taxes 81 times; cut taxes on businesses once again: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate the marriage penalty & cut taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut taxes & cut spending: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phase out estate and gift taxes: Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
No executive orders on immigration: Opposes topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
English immersion over bilingual education: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Focus on in-sourcing foreign companies back to New York: Opposes topic 13
Invest in math & science innovation to compete with China: Favors topic 13
Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Bound under state commitment to CAFTA: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
We must win the War on Terror to keep America safe: Strongly Favors topic 15
Terrorism III package: cyber-terrorism and agri-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Reduce federal government size & scope, including military: Opposes topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Honor soldiers destroying terrorist insurgency in Iraq: Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Tackle climate change via private & market-based initiatives: Opposes topic 18
Reduce expensive, polluting, terror-promoting foreign oil: Opposes topic 18
Make renewable fuel tax-free, for mass transit & cars: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make NY the center for clean, renewable energy research: Strongly Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Make EPA into a Cabinet department: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Slash job-killing regulations & cut taxes too: Strongly Opposes topic 20

George Pataki is a Moderate Populist Conservative.
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