Election 2020

Pataki Drops Out, Encourages Americans to Elect 'People’s Servant,' Not 'Master'

Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks with an AP reporter at Farmers Market in South Bend, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Former New York Gov. George Pataki pulled out of the presidential race tonight by taking advantage of the equal time rule for a primetime announcement.

Pataki had demanded equal time on NBC after Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live, and used one of his four free two-minute spots in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to drop out.

John Kasich, Jim Gilmore and Mike Huckabee have also wrested equal-time slots from NBC.

Pataki took a shot at Trump’s campaign slogan in the video. “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 and power of Washington, and unite us again in our belief in this great country,” he said.

“…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. I know the best of America is still ahead of us.”