Former New York Mayor and Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is hooded by Associate Provost Isaac Metts, right, after he was awarded the honorary degrees of Doctor of Public Administration during the commencement ceremony at the Citadel Saturday, May 5, 2007, in Charleston, S.C.
Washington Post: Can Giuliani Overcome Abortion Stand?
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani may be able to overcome his support for abortion rights with primary voters who oppose abortion, GOP lawmakers said Sunday.
“I think it’s an uphill fight on that issue,” House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “But I think a lot of Republican voters see Rudy Giuliani as competent and able to do the job.”
Rep. Tom Tancredo, agreed it is possible for Giuliani to win the nomination.
“Because one of the things that happens, of course, is that Republicans start looking at alternatives and saying, `Oh my gosh, even if Mayor Giuliani is a pro-choice, or at least a flip-flop, candidate on this issue, maybe he will appoint strict constructionists and that sort of thing,” Tancredo said.
“And God knows we don’t want the alternative, being whoever the Democrats have in place,” Tancredo said.
Boehner was on “Fox News Sunday,” while Tancredo appeared on “This Week” on ABC.
The fact is the Mayor’s position on abortion and federal funding of abortion has been so miscontrued/twisted/spun that no voter absolutely understands the Mayor’s position. And Hizzonder did not help himself out this week in the debate by saying:
In a GOP debate last week, Giuliani said “it would be OK” if the Supreme Court upholds Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion. “It would be OK to repeal it. It would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as precedent,” Giuliani said.
What the Mayor was attempting to say in a nutshell was that the issue of Roe v. Wade and abortion is for the Supreme Court to decide not the President.
However, as President he feels the issue/choice of abortion is best left between the woman and her doctor within certain restrictions as determined by each state.
Moreover, he supports the Hyde amendment which limits federal funding for abortion.
He opposes partial birth abortion and the recent ruling of the Supreme Court limiting/outlawing it.
Also, the Mayor should have emphasized that he has NO litmus tests on the issue of abortion for new appointments to the Supreme Court.
Can Rudy be nominated by the GOP with a pro-choice position on abortion?
The answer is YES and others in the GOP agree, if he adequately states his mainstream position on this issue.
Former New York Mayor and Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani gives his autograph to Nash Creighton, of Richardson, Texas, after delivering the commencement address to The Citadel.
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