Thursday on "The Alan Colmes Show," Alan spoke with former New York Governor George Pataki, who last week entered the race for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Alan and Gov. Pataki discussed a number of issues including the Governor's chances in such a crowded field, and his take on issues like same sex marriage and immigration:
COLMES: As a former Governor of New York, do you support New York's decision to have gay marriage?
GOV. PATAKI: I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, I would have not voted for it. But it is the law, I respect the law. I have a number of friends, gay friends who have gotten married. I hope to get invited to gay weddings in the future.
COLMES: That's the big question, right? The big question for every candidate, would you go to a gay wedding? And you would have no problem.
GOV. PATAKI: I don't even understand why it should be a question. If two people are friends and invite you to a legal ceremony, that is a celebration of them, you go, of course.
COLMES: On immigration, you would not deport people, correct?
GOV. PATAKI: I think the idea that we're going to put 11 million people on buses and trains and send them back somewhere just is completely irresponsible and impractical. It's not going to happen. I think we have to have a rational system to create a pathway to legalized status where people have to acknowledge that they broke the law. We depend on the rule of law. And what I would have people do is have them come forward, acknowledge they broke the law, and agree they will perform community service, 200 hours community service, working in a hospital, working in a park, working in a school, as a sanction, but not holding them criminally liable, not fining them when they barely have money to support their families and certainly not sending them back to wherever they came from.