Pataki Denounces Democrats in Partisan Speech

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Former Governor George Pataki was the keynote speaker at the GOP convention in Rochester. Pataki gave a fiery speech against President Barack Obama, and sais this year’s election is a fight for the very “soul” of the nation.

The normally laid back former governor gave a red meat speech aimed at energizing delegates. Pataki said the health care act that opponents call “Obamacare” is the worst law he’s seen in his lifetime. Pataki said the president has deeply divided the county and  driven up the national debt by billions of dollars.

“He is stealing from our future…to pay off political interests,” Pataki said. “We have got to stop it.”  

Pataki only mentioned Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate that he is supporting, once, but said afterward that even if another candidate like Rick Santorum wins the nomination he’d be “perfectly willing to work very hard” to get him elected president

He gave the partisan speech to fellow Republicans gathered Friday in Rochester to choose candidates to take on Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Pataki wasn't the only one dishing out criticism Friday. New York State Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs issued a statement as the convention began saying Republicans are heading into a divisive primary featuring who can pander to the tea party.

With the Associated Press