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Rudy Giuliani Continues Avoiding Abortion With Focus on Conservative Judges ^ | July 26, 2007 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 07/28/2007 4:43:31 PM PDT by monomaniac

Washington, DC ( -- Pro-abortion Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani continues to avoid questions about how his stance on abortion turns off pro-life GOP voters he needs to capture the party's presidential nod. Instead, he is continuing to move the issue to judges, where he pledges to appoint those who won't legislate from the bench.

In California on Tuesday, Giuliani answered a reporter's question about abortion with an answer discussing judges.

He repeated his pledge to appoint judges who are strict constructionists and, according to an AP report, explained what he meant by that.

"What 'strict constructionist' means is that a judge will interpret the Constitution in accordance with what someone else meant when they wrote those words and not try to legislate," the former New York mayor said.

"If you are not a strict constructionist, I believe you imperil the American democracy because you take the role of a legislator," Giuliani added.

Giuliani repeated his pledge to appoint judges in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, two judges pro-life advocates backed during their confirmations with the belief they represent the third and fourth votes on the Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. Wade.

AP reported that another journalist asked the ex-mayor about how he could reconcile his support for abortion with a pledge to appoint judges thought to favor overturning the landmark abortion decision.

He never directly answered the question but explained that his opinion of the term "strict constructionist" isn't isolated to one topic but "goes way beyond any one issue."

"It goes beyond abortion, it goes beyond gun rights, it goes beyond free speech," he said.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 2008; abortion; banglist; elections; giuliani; prolife

1 posted on 07/28/2007 4:43:33 PM PDT by monomaniac
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To: monomaniac
Will they be pro-life? One wonders what Rudy means by "strict constructionist."

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 07/28/2007 4:49:20 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

He called Ginsburg a constructionist in the past. I’m not going to believe him on this.

3 posted on 07/28/2007 4:54:16 PM PDT by Ingtar (The LDS problem that Romney is facing is not his religion, but his Lacking Decisive Stands.)
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To: monomaniac; Alexius; highimpact; nanetteclaret; guppas; ExtremeUnction; ripnbang; starlifter; ...

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Please ping me to all note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest. While he was the “Republican Mayor” of New York City he appointed more than 60 men and women to the Civil, Criminal, and Family Court benchs. In all of those judicial appointment only two were Republican.

All of his other judical appointments were either registered Liberals or registered Democrats. As the “Republican Mayor” he had appointment power over more than 70 full commissioners in more than 50 City agencies, yet at no time during his administration did REPUBLICANS account for more than 10% of those appointments.

He even appointed Chuck Schumers wife as the City’s Department of Transportation Commissioner.


“And even as we grieve for those who lost their lives, and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones, we may be able to find some sort of meaning in this tragedy by using it as a catalyst to revive national gun control efforts.”
Rudolph Giuliani

4 posted on 07/28/2007 4:55:11 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: monomaniac
I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights, Giuliani said. He was then asked whether he supports a ban on what critics call partial-birth abortions. “No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that changing,” he responded. Source:, “Inside Politics” Dec 2, 1999

ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES (November 14, 2006)

RUDY GIULIANI (R), FORMER MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY: I'm pro- choice. I'm pro-gay rights.

KING: Giuliani supports a woman's right to an abortion, and back in 1999, he opposed a federal ban on late-term abortions.

GIULIANI: No, I have not supported that, and I don't see my position on that changing.

KING: Immigration could be another presidential landmine. Back in 1996, Mayor Giuliani went to federal court to challenge new federal laws requiring the city to inform the federal government about illegal immigrants.

JEFFREY: He took the side of illegal immigrants in New York City against the Republican Congress.

KING: Giuliani opposes same-sex marriage but as mayor, he supported civil unions and extending health and other benefits to gay couples. He also supported the assault weapons ban and other gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle Association.

GIULIANI: I'm in favor of gun control. I'm pro-choice.

Republican Big-Wigs Support Pro-Abortion Event in NY

Pro-abortion Governor George Pataki and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who also supports unrestricted abortion, are co-chairs of the 2000 Choice Award Presentation to be held on May 30 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The event is sponsored by the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition, a group that is campaigning for the removal of the pro-life plank from the Republican National Platform.

5 posted on 07/28/2007 4:55:54 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: monomaniac

Rudy who???

6 posted on 07/28/2007 5:53:01 PM PDT by Barnacle (The Emperor has no clothes.)
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To: narses; monomaniac
Pinged from Terri Dailies


7 posted on 07/29/2007 4:11:25 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: narses
Rather than going back about a decade to cherry pick Giuliani quotes on the abortion question, why not go back a month or two when he gave a speech in which he provided a full explanation on where he stands on the question. He covered the issue from A to Z in a very long and detailed answer which covered everything from it’s practical implications to the moral and religious issues involved. It was the most in depth, mature and thought provoking outline I have ever read on the subject by any candidate but I guess to many voters it’s an issue that is better covered by a simple, “I feel your pain” approach.
I didn’t agree with all his reasonings but I appreciated being treated like an adult.
8 posted on 07/29/2007 4:27:00 AM PDT by finnigan2 (>)
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To: finnigan2

What Rudy says means nothing to me - he has a demonstrated track record that appalls me. He will NEVER get my vote.

9 posted on 07/29/2007 7:27:03 AM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: monomaniac
Once again, Rudy has dodged the question by deflecting it with a different answer--just like he does on his gun-grabbing, pro-amnesty and gay rights crusading positions.

Not to worry though.

The answer that Rudy DID give--once again highlights his promise to appoint people and implement policies,,,


10 posted on 07/29/2007 7:32:11 AM PDT by stockstrader (We need a conservative candidate who will UNITE the Party, not a liberal one to DIVIDE it!)
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To: finnigan2
Here is a current Rudy quote:

At the first Republican debate in May, Giuliani was alone among the GOP candidates in offering a less-than-robust affirmation when asked whether it would be a good day if the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling.

"It would be OK," Giuliani said. "It would be OK to repeal it."

But, he added: "It would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as precedent" and kept the law intact.

11 posted on 07/29/2007 11:58:15 AM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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