Internal Mitt Romney Document Questions Rudy Giuliani on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 27, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 27
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Another leading presidential candidate has seen an internal document finds its way to the press. Last time, it was a campaign memo regarding Rudy Giuliani, whose campaign worried about his pro-abortion views alienating GOP voters. This time it’s Mitt Rommey and the document discusses Giuliani.

The Romney memo discusses concerns about voters seeing the former Massachusetts governor as flip-flopping on key issues such as abortion.

Romney campaigned as a pro-abortion candidate when he sought a Senate seat in 1994 but also said he supported pro-life laws like parental notification and no taxpayer funding for abortion.

In 2005, Romney says he became pro-life after considering the issue of embryonic stem cell research and realizing how Roe v. Wade led to a "cheapening" of the sanctity of human life.

The document mentions how strategists want to turn Romney into the "only electable choice" for pro-life voters with Giuliani backing abortion and McCain weak on the issue and supporting embryonic stem cell research.

The memo also discusses Romney’s rivals John McCain — an Arizona senator the memo says is "too Washington," and "too close to (Democratic) Left," — and Giuliani.

The Boston Globe obtained the memo, which says Giuliani could destroy the "GOP brand" because he is pro-abortion and takes views on other issues that are radically different from most Republicans.

"We can’t disqualify Dems like Hillary (Rodham Clinton) on social issues ever again" if Giuliani is the nominee, the document states, according to an AP report.

The document is similar to a campaign memo the New York Daily News obtained in January when a Giuliani staffer left it on an airplane. The memo acknowledged that the ex-mayor’s pro-abortion views may not play well in the heartland of America and states like Iowa, which holds the first presidential caucus.

His views on key pro-life issues will be a considerable weakness in a state that has consistently turned back pro-abortion Republican presidential candidates like Pete Wilson and Arlen Specter.

Republicans haven’t had a pro-abortion nominee since Gerald Ford in 1976.

Giuliani later addressed the memo in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America.

“I sure have strengths and weaknesses,” but added, “I think that sort of puts me in the same category as just about everybody else that’s running.”

The three GOP candidates are leading the polls nationally and among Iowa and New Hampshire voters, but other Republican presidential candidates are in the running as well.

They include pro-life Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, pro-life Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and possibly Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and pro-life Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Tom Tancredo of Colorado. Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Texas Rep. Ron Paul are candidates as well.