Sunday, May 13, 2007

Rudy can't keep his stories straight

How does a socially liberal blue-state centrist Republican try to win over the fundies? Is it even possible? Rudy Giuliani doesn't know, but he's sure going to try. Doesn't he get dizzy from all that flip flopping?

From the LA Times:

On Friday, the former New York mayor tried to put the issue behind him with a speech to hundreds of Christian conservatives at Houston Baptist University. He called abortion "morally wrong" but stood by his position that women should have "the right to make that choice."

Addressing voters in general, he said, "You have a right to evaluate this in figuring out if you can support me, and at what level you can support me."

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As Giuliani prepared to speak in Houston, fallout from his efforts to blunt resistance to his abortion rights stand continued.

His biggest problem remained his equivocation at a debate of the GOP presidential candidates last week in Southern California, where he said it would be "OK" if Roe vs. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide — were overturned, and "OK" if it were upheld.

Rudy, knock it off. You're pro-choice, okay? Quit trying to please the Christian "right." You were never going to be their ideal candidate, and besides, most Americans aren't fundies. If you do what Clinton did and say that abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare," you could win more mainstream votes. What's that? You need to win over the base to secure the nomination? Forget I said anything.

Thus far, none of the GOP wannabes show any interest in talking about how to reduce abortions via birth control or responsible sex ed. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise, however.

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