Rudy Giuliani Continues Avoiding Abortion With Focus on Conservative Judges

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 26, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 26
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Pro-abortion Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani continues to avoid questions about how his stance on abortion turns off pro-life GOP voters he needs to capture the party’s presidential nod. Instead, he is continuing to move the issue to judges, where he pledges to appoint those who won’t legislate from the bench.

In California on Tuesday, Giuliani answered a reporter’s question about abortion with an answer discussing judges.

He repeated his pledge to appoint judges who are strict constructionists and, according to an AP report, explained what he meant by that.

"What ‘strict constructionist’ means is that a judge will interpret the Constitution in accordance with what someone else meant when they wrote those words and not try to legislate," the former New York mayor said.

"If you are not a strict constructionist, I believe you imperil the American democracy because you take the role of a legislator," Giuliani added.

Giuliani repeated his pledge to appoint judges in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, two judges pro-life advocates backed during their confirmations with the belief they represent the third and fourth votes on the Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. Wade.

AP reported that another journalist asked the ex-mayor about how he could reconcile his support for abortion with a pledge to appoint judges thought to favor overturning the landmark abortion decision.

He never directly answered the question but explained that his opinion of the term "strict constructionist" isn’t isolated to one topic but "goes way beyond any one issue."

"It goes beyond abortion, it goes beyond gun rights, it goes beyond free speech," he said.