“Our party has to get beyond issues like that,” Giuliani said, a reference to abortion rights, which he supports.
I guess Rudy is getting tired of addressing the issue because conservatives disagree with him on this and other “social issues.” Rudy’s message seems to be to vote for a Republican but not a conservative. Why? Because he’s no conservative. Even his own son doesn’t support him.
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani warned GOP activists in Des Moines on Saturday that if they insist on a nominee who always agrees with them, it will spell defeat in 2008.
Republicans can win, he said, if they nominate a candidate committed to the fight against terrorism and high taxes, rather than a pure social conservative.
Translation from Rudy-speak: I’m not a social conservative at all. So vote for me, suckers, because only I can win. Wrong. No way, carpetbagger.
“I believe that because of the abortion issue in the Republican Party, it is dividing this party so badly that we may not be able to elect a Republican president,” said [Linda] Robel, who attended Giuliani’s early event at Noah’s Ark restaurant.
A typical Rudy supporter. Abortion is not dividing the Republican party. And learn how to speak. What an uninformed pro-Rudy opinion. Guess what, Linda? If Giuliani is elected, we won’t have a Republican president. We’ll have a RINO president. Give me a break. The sky is not falling because of the pro-life movement.
Clive Republican Jim Riddle, who attended Giuliani’s event at the restaurant, said he could sacrifice his own, more conservative social positions in order to support the former mayor in the caucuses.
“I’m a much more conservative person,” said Riddle, who brought his 17-year-old daughter, Madi. “I would give that up for a candidate who projects fiscal responsibility and good management.”
Riddle me this: you’re not really a conservative, are you? You aren’t if you’re able to so easily sell out your core values for “good management.” Do squishy people with no moral compass really exist in the Republican party? Sadly yes. They seem to get quoted in the media a lot to justify support for The Three RINOs. It makes me ill.
I will not sacrifice my core values to get someone elected who neither shares nor respects them. Sam Brownback or bust.
Hat Tip: Reflections of a Paralytic.
Update: Quad City Times has a great blog entry on this subject: Rudy and the Right. Read it all. The intro:
Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is asking for a truce with conservatives over abortion.
Um, no Rudy. All issues are on the table. That’s what the primaries are all about: separating the wheat from the RINOs. Get real.
Update 2: McCain, like Rudy, sticks hoof in mouth: McCain Still Wants GOP’s Abortion Platform Changed. Sam Brownback’s wise response:
“We should not change the platform,” Brownback told ABC News. “It should not be changed.”
Keep up the great work, so-called front runners.
Update 3: Hot Air concurs in strong terms: “Rudy Giuliani may have just cost himself the nomination.”