Perhaps gearing up for a presidential run on the Republican ticket in 2016, former New York Governor George Pataki spoke at the Iowa Ag Summit this past weekend, vocalizing his positions on the federal tax code, cutting property taxes, environmental initiatives, net neutrality, Cuban trade relations, and Obamacare.

Pataki told the crowd that he would favor rewriting the tax code, eliminating most tax deductions and subsequently lowering the tax burden on all Americans.

The Des Moines Register reports that Pataki “would permit a few tax deductions like one for home mortgage interest,” but his transformation of the tax code would be fair to everyone and “put the lobbyists out of business.”

Pataki also went after big government, citing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for what he called a “classic overreach” on standards, and stating that he doesn’t “think that the federal government should require anybody in America to buy anything, whether it is ethanol or Obamacare.”

The Iowa newspaper reports that Pataki received “warm applause from the audience when he spoke of reforming the federal tax system.

Here’s video of Pataki’s comments on ethanol and Obama care …

Other Issues (HT Des Moines Register):

OTHER ISSUES: Pataki said he is opposed to the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, which requires transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels. He also said it is “utterly ridiculous” to treat the Internet as a public utility, but he support efforts to expand broadband in rural areas. He said Cuba is a “Stalinist state” and he opposes opening up U.S. trade with the island nation.

Pataki would be a long shot candidate, but is clearly trying to get his name and political platforms out to the general public.