Former New York Governor George Pataki gave Mitt Romney a less-than-ringing endorsement on Wednesday, saying it’s time to “rally around our nominee” but adding that the former Massachusetts governor “has a number of problems.”
“Mitt is not a perfect candidate,” Pataki said on Fox News, “he has a number of problems. It’s hard for blue collar families like mine to identify with him. It’s hard for economic conservatives to identify with him. He needs to do more to reach out to Latinos.”
All that aside, Pataki still believes he’s the right man: “I think Mitt showed last night that he has the breadth of support that warrants our rallying around to him.”
Pataki suggested that the prolonged campaign was hurting the party. “We've been mired in the trenches shooting at each other and it has to stop,” he said.
Pataki said he deplored what he saw as President Obama's position as "above the fray” while his “minions are out there taking shots at our candidates. We need to focus on shooting back at President Obama.”