by Steven Ertelt
November 9, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican congressman Ron Paul says the GOP will likely lose the presidential elections next year if pro-abortion ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is the nominee. The Texas representative also says he thinks Mitt Romney’s conversion to the pro-life position is authentic.
Paul has run most of his campaign for president as an asterisk — barely showing up in national polls and surveys of Republicans in leading primary states.
As his campaign organization and fundraising give him more credibility, he may not have risen to the top-tier of the GOP presidential race but he’s getting more interview opportunities.
Paul sat down with The Bulletin, a conservative newspaper in Philadelphia and addressed his rivals’ stance on abortion.
Whether the Republican Party can win the 2008 elections "probably depends a lot on who the opponent is" Paul says.
But regarding Giuliani, he thinks most pro-life people are "not so anxious to go with him."
"I think they are on the road to having a worse election in 2008 than they did in 2006. A lot of people I talk to confidentially think we’re going to be much worse off after next year," he says.
Paul says many in the GOP are concerned about how the Republican Party’s pro-life base won’t turn out to vote if the former mayor is the nominee.
"That’s what many members of Congress believe, and that’s why you’re starting to see Republican members retire — not running for re-election. I think they are very pessimistic because of the potential of someone like Giuliani becoming the nominee," Paul explains.
The Bulletin asked the candidate about Mitt Romney, who has garnered criticism and media attention over his shift from a pro-abortion to a pro-life position a few years ago while he was the governor of Massachusetts.
Paul told the newspaper he thinks Romney was probably pro-life all along given his religious orientation in the normally pro-life Mormon Church.
"I just wonder if he might not be closer to his roots now than he was before, and he was more hypocritical when he was running as a liberal," Paul said. "I think of Mormons as being conservative people, very strong right-to-life."
"I don’t have a strong judgmental view on that – I always want to give people the benefit of the doubt," Paul added. "I give him the benefit of the doubt, but I think the flip-flopping is a real issue."