Former New York Governor George Pataki, by way of a YouTube video, on Tuesday announced that he is suspending his bid for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.
“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. 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 said in a video announcing his decision. “I know the best of America is still ahead of us.”
Pataki, 70, who led New York through the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, failed to gain traction in a crowded field of candidates during an election season that has so far favored outsiders like billionaire businessman Donald Trump.
“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 of Washington, and unite us again in our belief in this great country,” Pataki said.
Republican Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in a statement Tuesday night he was “grateful” for Pataki’s service to New York, particularly while serving as Governor on Sept. 11th.
“He brought experience and knowledge to the race for the Republican nomination, and as a result, helped prepare our eventual nominee to win in November and take back the White House,” Cruz said.
Members of Pataki’s campaign had recently told members of the press that he was struggling to raise funds. He had hung his hopes on doing well in early-voting in New Hampshire, but the campaign has barely registered in state and national polls.
Pataki had never made it onto the main stage in any of the Republican Presidential televised debates. He was also one of two Republican presidential hopefuls who didn’t file to be placed on the ‘Super Tuesday’ March 1 ballot in Oklahoma.
Now that Pataki has dropped out that leaves twelve candidates seeking the 2016 Republican nomination for the bid to the White House.
Elections for the Oklahoma Presidential primary will be held March 1, 2016. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.
This story has been updated.