by Steven Ertelt
December 5, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says in a new interview that religious figure Pat Robertson abandoned his pro-life values when he endorsed pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani. While Huckabee hopes to be the GOP nominee, he says he would support Giuliani over any of the Democrats.
The former Arkansas governor gave an interview to men’s magazine GQ, which asked him about the Robertson endorsement.
The magazine wondered if Huckabee thought it was a departure from the pro-life movement for Robertson to back a pro-abortion candidate.
"It seems that the leaders of the past, those who have been looked to as the bell cows of the movement, are completely out of step with their own followers lately," Huckabee said.
"But if you talk about the people in the rank and file, there’s not any confusion at all. The people haven’t abandoned their principles," Huckabee added.
He compared the Robertson endorsement to a cartoon where a leader is running a different direction from his followers and looks back and wondered where they’ve gone.
Huckabee said those pro-life lawmakers and others who support Giuliani are "thinking in terms of political expediency and not in terms of the principles that supposedly got them involved in the movement to begin with."
Asked how he would feel about having a pro-abortion Republican as the nominee, Huckabee said he would support Giuliani only because he would likely offer up better nominees for the Supreme Court.
That’s important as the high court is potentially one vote away from overturning Roe v. Wade, which allowed virtually unlimited abortions.
"I’m likely to support the Republican nominee whatever our options are—because anybody on our side is better than anybody on their side," Huckabee told GQ.
"In terms of Giuliani’s attitude toward court appointments, it’d certainly be better than what I’d expect out of Hillary Clinton," he added.