Pataki not ready to endorse Trump
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Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who dropped out of the Republican presidential primary late last year, said he is not ready to endorse the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE.


“I think he needs to articulate a number of thoughtful positions on the issues for me to be able to endorse him,” Pataki said during a radio interview with John Catsimatidis on Sunday. “Now I’m not overly concerned about things he’s said during the course of his campaign. You know, John, I ran for office a lot, I know how easy it is to say something that in retrospect you go, ‘Woops, why did I say that?’ ”

Pataki said Trump needs to strengthen his proposals to address terrorism and healthcare.

“If he does those things, I’d be happy to support him and help him win the election,” he said.

The former governor also took a shot at a Republican effort to run a third-party candidate in order to block Trump from the White House.

“There’s just no point to that. I think the two-party system has served our country well,” he said.

Pataki added that Trump’s rise is fueled by a legitimate anger toward Washington lawmakers.