by Steven Ertelt
November 7, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Evangelical leader Pat Robertson has issued an endorsement for former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani for president despite the Republican candidate’s strongly pro-abortion position. The endorsement is already coming under fire from pro-life advocates who say Robertson has betrayed a pro-life community that opposes Giuliani.
"It is my pleasure to announce my support for America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans," Robertson said Wednesday.
His comments came in a statement the Giuliani campaign released and they do not mention Giuliani’s problematic abortion views.
Robertson, who founded the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Christian Coalition, which has long taken a pro-life position on abortion, mentioned Giuliani’s leadership as mayor and other political issues in making the endorsement.
Later, in a press appearance, Robertson said he could back the ex-mayor because Giuliani has promised to appoint "strict constructionist" judges to the Supreme Court.
"Upper-most in the minds of social conservatives," Robertson explained, "is the selection of future Supreme Court justices and lower court judges who will sit in both the federal circuit courts and the district courts."
However, Giuliani has repeatedly said in GOP debates and on the campaign trail that his judicial nominations may not necessarily overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark high court decision that allowed unlimited abortions. He said he wouldn’t care how his Supreme Court picks ruled on a case to overturn it.
Giuliani discussed the importance of the nomination in helping him appear more moderate on abortion to pro-life voters in early primary states.
"Having him aboard gives us a great deal of confidence because he has a tremendous amount of insight into what the main issues are and how they should be dealt with. His advice is invaluable and his friendship is even more invaluable," Giuliani said.