He’s not backing down from his pro-choice stance, and it may be winning him regard in conservative circles as a man who puts principles above pandering.
Whereas his rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney are engaged in attempts to disavow previous statements and recast themselves as social conservatives, Mr Giuliani’s pitch is that “for most it’s never about one issue” and consistency is preferable to pandering.
“I believe you’ve got to run based on what you are, who you really are,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “I find if you do it that way even people who disagree with you sometimes respect you.”
Mr Giuliani noted that his pro-choice abortion position had not changed in nearly two decades. The former mayor declined to draw the contrast himself, but Mr McCain’s critics point out that in 1999 he said he supported the Roe versus Wade abortion ruling, though he immediately retracted that and said he had spoken in error. Mr Romney was pro-choice in 2004 but now declares himself to be pro-life.
“I’m just telling you the most honest answer to the question, which is the same answer I gave in 1989,” Mr Giuliani told The Daily Telegraph. “I would advise my daughter or anyone else not to have an abortion. I’d do anything I could to help and assist with an adoption. I would like to see it ended but ultimately I believe a woman has a right to choose.”
In other news, Giuliani leads Hillary in opinion polls…
In a match-up between the early 2008 frontrunners, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) leads New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D) 52% to 43%. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds GiulianiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s lead growing in recent months. His current nine-point advantage is up from a six point lead in January and a four-point lead in December.
Giuliani has solidified his title as the most popular candidate of Election 2008ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?his favorability ratings have inched back up to 70%.
Yeah, I know, not that this means much at this point, but something tells me that Giuliani is going to come off as the only politician who’ll give it to you straight, and after 8 years of the Bush administration people are going to be looking not only for that, but somebody who can unify both sides. Giuliani has the potential to stand for both and actually mean it.