Rudy Giuliani May Exit Republican Race, Pro-Abortion Candidate Loses Again

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 30,

Tallahassee, FL ( — Former mayor Rudy Giuliani will likely drop out of the Republican race and his exit will prove again that the Republican Party is pro-life and rejects presidential candidates who support abortion. Giuliani is expected to vacate the race Wednesday and throw his support to John McCain, who won the Florida primary Tuesday night.

Asked if he planned to leave the race, Giuliani said following the Florida vote that he would be heading to California, the site of the next presidential debate, and wouldn’t expand on his intentions.

However, in his remarks to his supporters after the results were known made it appear that Giuliani would not continue on to the Super Tuesday contests on February 5.

“The responsibility of leadership doesn’t end with a single campaign, it goes on and you continue to fight for it,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani was perceived as the front-runner for much of the campaign only because of his high name identification. But predicted in early December that Giuliani would not win the Republican nomination because of his long-standing pro-abortion views.

“Rudy Giuliani is going against the grain in trying to capture the Republican nod while laying out a position solidly in favor of legalized abortion,” said at the time.

“It’s doubtful he would stay in until Florida but he will be history after the Sunshine State votes,” predicted at the time. “By the time Super Tuesday voters have a chance to have their say, Giuliani will almost undoubtedly be on the ballot in name only and abortion advocates will have to wait at least four more years to try to take over the Republican Party.”

Once voters began to analyze the position of the candidates, Giuliani’s campaign tanked.

Giuliani’s defeats started in Iowa, where 75 percent of the Republican Party takes a pro-life position and continued on to Florida.

While Giuliani hoped to make a last stand in the Sunshine State and use it to catapult himself back into the presidential race, the majority of Republican voters there say they are pro-life and they punished Giuliani for his old views in favor of partial-birth abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions.

Even in New Hampshire, where voters are more supportive of abortion than those in most other states, Giuliani was an also-ran and failed to resonate.