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Press Release - CNN: Pataki Challenges Trump to Debate on Immigration, as Trump Slams Critics

July 08, 2015

Former New York Gov. George Pataki challenged Donald Trump to a one-on-one debate on immigration Monday in New Hampshire, saying he wants to hear a real plan for reform from Trump, not "name calling" and "insults."

As the two vie for the Republican presidential nomination, Pataki has taken the lead in repudiating remarks Trump has repeatedly made regarding illegal immigrants migrating into the United States.

On Monday, Trump released a statement restating the controversial comments he made almost three weeks ago when he announced he was running for president.

"What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.," Trump's statement said.

"It wasn't until a week after my announcement that people...

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