by Steven Ertelt
August 6, 2007
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — As he campaigns ahead of a critical statewide straw poll this week, pro-abortion ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to confront the issue of abortion. The emphasis on overcoming objections pro-life Republican voters have about his pro-abortion position comes as one poll shows few GOPers know he backs abortion.
Though Giuliani and John McCain are skipping the Ames straw poll this week, he is still working hard to try to persuade Iowa voters to support him.
"It will have whatever impact it has, but it’s not going to stop us from competing in the caucuses," he told a local reporter about the event. "Given the fact that we haven’t spent any money and we haven’t spent as much time here by any means as the other candidates, I’m very encouraged by the position we’re in."
While Giuliani strongly supports abortion, he has been attempting to reach out to Republican voters, who are mostly pro-life.
He has focused mostly on his desire to appoint judges who won’t legislate from the bench and his position in favor of promoting adoptions, though statistics show he didn’t necessary do much to promote them as mayor.
In remarks that will be delivered at an adoption center in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Giuliani will talk about his commitment to promoting adoption.
He will talk about how his desire to promote adoption and decrease abortions is part of his 12 Commitments to the American People.
One prominent Iowa strategist told the New York Daily News that pro-life voters aren’t likely to be swayed by his message.
"It doesn’t do that much to reassure people when they have other candidates who are the real deal," Iowa Republican consultant Bob Haus said.
He named pro-life candidates like John McCain, Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee as more likely to draw support from GOP voters most opposed to abortion.
"Voters don’t have to settle for almost as good as," he told the newspaper.
The straw poll could allow Mitt Romney and second-tier candidates like Brownback and Huckabee a chance to shine and possibly move up in the polls.
Republican voters will ultimately decide if they can stomach a Giuliani candidacy — something he has admitted.
"I guess we’re going to find out, right?" he told CNN when asked if the GOP could nominate a pro-abortion candidate. "Instead of telling the Republicans what they should believe, maybe we should find out and let the Republicans decide."