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George Pataki, who made an effort to woo Hispanic voters during his tenure as New York governor, is stepping up his effort to bash Donald Trump's anti-immigrant remarks. Pataki, who, like Trump, is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, launched an online petition dubbed "Stand up to Trump." It's an effort also apparently geared to appeal to some Republican primary voters.

 "We are in 2015 and Donald Trump, a leading candidate for the GOP nomination for president, is calling Mexicans criminals, rapists and drug dealers. This is unacceptable," Pataki said on his website. The former governor campaigned a bit in Spanish in 2002 on his way to winning a third term.