by Steven Ertelt
October 17, 2007
Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) — Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has a stalwart pro-life record in the Lone Star State, has endorsed pro-abortion former mayor Rudy Giuliani for the Republican nod for president. Perry said he is backing Giuliani despite differences he has with him on the issue of abortion.
Perry said his biggest concern and only hesitation in backing Giuliani was his pro-abortion position, but that he supported the former New York City leader on other issues.
"The one (issue) that I wanted to hear him give me an answer and look me right in my eyes was that issue of who can I expect, what type of individual can I expect on the Supreme Court," Perry said during a news conference with Giuliani.
"He clearly said … you can look for people like Scalia and Roberts and Alito. Let me tell you, I can live with that," Perry said, according to an AP report.
Giuliani has frequently used the issue of Supreme Court appointments as a way to try to neutralize his position in favor of abortions.
This summer, Giuliani talked about the kind of judges he would appoint if elected president and repeated his pledge to appoint judges who are strict constructionists.
"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.
However, in presidential debates, Giuliani has said such a judge could rule either for or against overturning Roe v. Wade and he said he would be fine with either outcome.