Pataki Emphasizes Optimism and Unity in Forum Speech

November 15, 2006

New York Governor George Pataki brought his message of hope for the future of American politics to the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Tuesday night. Pataki delivered the annual Albert H. Gordon Lecture on Finance and Public Policy before a packed audience.

While admitting that he was disappointed with the results of last Tuesday's Congressional election, Pataki said it was not "a repudiation of the basic philosophy of the party that I believe in...The Republican party's belief in limited government, lower taxes, individual responsibility, and empowering individuals with the ability to make their own choices is still what the overwhelming majority of Americans want.”

While Pataki did not declare himself a candidate in the 2008 presidential race, he did assert his confidence that a strong Republican candidate would have a very real chance of winning.

"With a positive vision going into 2008, with a view that we are going to reclaim the essence of the American spirit -- which is optimism, pragmatic solutions to very real problems, and a sense of unity as we face those problems -- I have no doubt that if my party carries that mantle, we will see 2006 as a minor setback on the road to greater opportunity for all Americans in the future," he said.

The Albert H. Gordon Lecture series was established in 1987 through the support of philanthropist Albert H. Gordon to focus on issues in the field of finance and public policy, with special attention to the internationalization of finance.

To watch the video of this event, visit the Forum archive-
http://iopforum.harvard.edu:8080/ramgen/fr20061114pataki.rm

Photos: Martha Stewart

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While Pataki did not declare himself a candidate in the 2008 presidential race, he did assert his confidence that a strong Republican candidate would have a very real chance of winning.


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