Republican presidential candidate and former New York Gov. George Pataki is calling on all GOP candidates to stand up to fellow candidate Donald Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.

When he announced his candidacy, Trump depicted immigrants as "drug dealers" and "rapists," and later defended his remarks in a CNN interview, calling them "totally accurate."

Pataki's letter to other GOP candidates, which was also sent to Trump himself, said Republicans need to stand against those comments if they hope to attract enough votes to win.

"The last week of news coverage over the language used by Donald Trump to describe Mexicans has left me and a lot of other sensible people wondering what century we are living in," Pataki said in the letter.

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