by Steven Ertelt
January 11, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is dismissing the concerns brought up in an internal memo top staff members wrote about his prospects for a Republican presidential bid in 2008. The memo cited, among other concerns, his pro-abortion position and its potential to turn off GOP primary voters.
Asked about the memo on a national television program, Giuliani dismissed the concerns found in it.
"That is not going to be the issue," Giuliani said. "I sure have strengths and weaknesses," Giuliani told ABC’s "Good Morning America.
"I think that sort of puts me in the same category as just about everybody else that’s running. Are my strengths greater or my weaknesses worse? I don’t know. You have to sort of examine that. That won’t be the issue," he explained.
Giuliani formed a presidential exploratory committee last year and said he is still considering a possible presidential bid.
"You have to feel inside yourself there is something special I can do — some kind of special experience I have had or background," said Giuliani.
The memo in question was apparently left behind when a staff member changed planes on a recent trip. It eventually made its way to the New York Daily News which published information about it.
The former mayor’s views backing abortion are well established.
When asked to respond to social issues on CNN’s Inside Politics in a 1999 interview, Giuliani replied, "I’m pro-choice."
In the same CNN interview he also indicated he does not support even a modest ban on the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure saying, "No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that changing."
Giuliani also indicated he would have upheld President Clinton’s veto of the partial-birth abortion ban.
"Yes. I said I then that I support him, so I have no reason to change my mind about it," he told the New York Times in November 1999.
Giuliani will likely have a difficult time capturing the GOP nod for president as a result. His current high standings in 2008 presidential polls are likely the result of his elevated name identification following his efforts to help New York City following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Republicans haven’t had a pro-abortion nominee since Gerald Ford in 1976.
Leading pro-abortion presidential candidates in past primaries, such as former California Gov. Pete Wilson or Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, have fared poorly. Both failed to build traction with pro-life Republican caucus-goers in Iowa and left the campaigns well in advance of other candidates.
An August RT Strategies/Cook Political Report poll asked Republican voters whether they would support Giuliani knowing his position in favor of abortion.
Some 56 percent of registered Republicans said the party should still pick the former mayor. But that will likely change when the presidential campaign begins in earnest this time next year and pro-life groups begin educating voters about Giuliani’s pro-abortion position.
Giuliani also backs making taxpayers fund embryonic stem cell research, which has yet to cure any patients and involves the destruction of human life.
Other potential Republican candidates include Arizona Sen. John McCain, recent pro-life convert and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, pro-life former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pro-life Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, pro-life Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, pro-life former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, and pro-life Rep. Duncan Hunter of California.