Former New York governor George Pataki announces his long-shot bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is over. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Former New York Governor George Pataki on Tuesday (December 29) ended his long-shot bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Pataki, 70, made the announcement in a prime-time TV ad that aired in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, which hold the first three contests in the battle for the party's nomination. In the announcement he spoke of how Americans stood together in the wake of the September 11th attacks of 2001 and said that spirit should be recaptured. "On that day and the days that followed, we weren't black or white, rich or poor, Republican or Democrat, we were just Americans. We need to recapture that spirit, because I know when we stand together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish," he said. "While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House as I suspend my campaign for president, I'm 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. Happy New Year! May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America. I'm George Pataki and I approve this message." Pataki's withdrawal is likely to have little impact on the Republican race, which still has 12 candidates. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump leads the field ahead of the opening contest on February 1 in Iowa. Pataki has vowed not to support Trump if he is the Republican nominee for the November 2016 election, saying the real estate magnate is unfit to be president.