by Steven Ertelt
October 22, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Rudy Giuliani was the last Republican presidential candidate to address the Values Voters Summit that took place Friday and Saturday in the nation’s capital. The pro-abortion former mayor tried to overcome objections to his position by saying he envisioned a nation without abortions.
He called on pro-life advocates to overlook differences on abortion and other issues.
"People of good conscience come to different conclusions about whether abortions should be legal in some circumstances," Giuliani said.
He added that he believes "all Americans share the same goal. A country without abortions."
Giuliani also repeated his pledge that, if elected president, he would appoint judges who would strictly interpret the Constitution. However, he has said before that the kind of judge he would appoint would be able to reach the conclusion that the so-called right to abortion is Constitutional.
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, which sponsored the event, said Giuliani’s speech was sincere but added that he likely would be unable to overlook Giuliani’s support for abortion.
"It’s not something that can be paved over easily," Perkins told the Los Angeles Times.
He said that the position pro-life advocates take on abortion "remains the same, as I think it does for a number of pro-life conservatives — that we draw a line that we will not cross in supporting a pro-abortion-rights candidate."