by Steven Ertelt
April 3, 2007
Concord, NH (LifeNews.com) — Rudy Giuliani is looking to the issue of judicial appointments to soften the impact of his pro-abortion views when he talks with Republican voters in leading 2008 presidential primary states. The former New York City mayor is the most pro-abortion candidate seeking the GOP nod but he thinks he can diffuse the issue.
Since the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade in 1973, the pro-life movement has been looking to give the court a pro-life majority so the ruling can be reversed.
Figuring he can side with the pro-life movement on the topic of appointing judges who won’t legislative from the bench, Giuliani is hoping to beat out GOP candidates who are strongly pro-life across the board.
That strategy played out in New Hampshire this week as Giuliani talked about judges when asked about his views on social issues.
"My social views are things I ask people to examine and look at," he said yesterday. "And, basically, also understand that I would appoint judges who are strict constructionists, judges who are conservative."
He repeated the mantra in meetings with GOP voters in Iowa on Tuesday.
"We’re all much more similar than we think, whether you’re in Iowa or you’re in New York, or California or somewhere else, you’ve got the same issues," he said.
At the same time, the former mayor downplayed the significance of his judicial appointments in a CNN interview and said he wasn’t promising that they’d overturn Roe.
"By strict constructionist judges, I mean judges who will interpret the meaning of the Constitution … and a strict constructionist judge can come to either conclusion about Roe against Wade," he said.
"They can look at it and say, it has been the law for this period of time, therefore we are going to respect the precedent," he added.
"I would not have a litmus test on that," he concluded
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the attempt to change subject when it comes to abortion and embryonic stem cell research funding, which Giuliani also supports, isn’t winning over voters in the Midwestern state.
The paper reported on the crowd’s response at his first Iowa rally.
"The couple hundred people listening in the high school gymnasium gave him a polite but hardly rip-roaring reception," the newspaper reported. "A partition divided the gym to make it appear better attended than it was."
"Just before the candidate took the stage, a few in the audience tried to start a ‘Rudy, Rudy, Rudy’ chant. It was a halfhearted effort that died quickly," the newspaper explained.
Whether Giuliani’s "halfhearted" attempt to persuade enough pro-life voters to hand him the nomination will work remains to be seen.
For Chuck Hurley of the Iowa Family Policy Center, Giuliani won’t be able to get his vote because of his abortion views.
"It’s sort of ironic that there are actually more human beings killed by abortion every day in America than were killed on 9/11, and it’s just odd that he doesn’t seem to get that," he told KCCI.
History isn’t on his side as the last pro-abortion Republican to capture the party’s nomination was former President Gerald Ford in 1976 and he had the advantage of incumbency.