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Giuliani affirms support for public funding of abortion

Captain Edhttp://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/009594.php links a synopsis of a CNN interview in which Rudy Giuliani speaks of his abortion views:


"Ultimately, it's a constitutional right, and therefore if it's a constitutional right, ultimately, even if you do it on a state by state basis, you have to make sure people are protected," Giuliani said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash in Florida's capital city. ...


When asked directly Wednesday if he still supported the use of public funding for abortions, Giuliani said "Yes."

"If it would deprive someone of a constitutional right," he explained, "If that's the status of the law, yes."


The full account of the interview, which airs tonight at 7:00 p.m., is at the CNN link above. Ed is not pleased:


It's hard to see where conservatives of any stripe -- social or fiscal -- can support Giuliani after this assertion. He won't do anything to reverse abortion, and he wants to use tax money to fund them. If someone can find the conservative in there, as Giuliani argues, they must have to stare very hard into that abyss.


His entire post is at the first link above. This certainly undermines Giuliani's hard-won inroads among social conservatives, but let's be clear on what he is saying: he is affirming his support of public funding of abortions for poor women on a state by state basis, not proposing to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which he supports.

Most states offer benefits beyond the federal ones. Some states offer very generous packages, which conservatives generally oppose on philosophical grounds even without abortion benefits being included. In essence, Giuliani is reiterating his position on the subject, which has not changed. He always favored public funding of abortions for poor women on the state and local basis.

Bringing it up doesn't help him at all, but this is and has been his position all along. He hasn't tried to hide it. His approach is to convince pro-life voters to look at the whole range of his positions rather than focusing solely on abortion. He knows he can't win their votes if the single issue is overriding to them.

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Comments (8)

It's fundamentally much wor... (Below threshold)

It's fundamentally much worse than that. He's re-affirmed that he believes abortion is a constitutional right, which speaks to the type of judges he'd appoint. A vote for Rudy is a vote for 30 more years of Roe v. Wade.

We know this has been his p... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

We know this has been his position all along. The thing is, most American's, even Republican Primary voters don't know.

The more they learn about Rudy the less they will be endeared to him. My mom and dad love Rudy, after hearing this, they are now searching for a new candidate.

Even though i've been telling them all along how liberal he is, they didn't seem to believe it. I guess when it comes straight from the horses mouth it's easier for them to accept.

I would have liked him to s... (Below threshold)
Rightmomq:

I would have liked him to say that tax dollars should not go for abortions since he says that he really doesn't like them but it is the woman's choice, because I would like that woman who is making that choice being grown up enough to pay for it as well, however he did not say that and for that he will no longer recieve my support and I notified his campaign of that.

Mr Giuliani can say anythin... (Below threshold)
ba:

Mr Giuliani can say anything he wants at this point because HE KNOWS he's not going to get the nod from the RNC. In fact, by making such a statement - he might be helping the more conservative Republican candidates running. Former Sen. Fred Thompson, Sen. Brownback. I believe the bulk of this country including a few democrats and independents - do not approve of aborting the unborn. It is an idea that is slowly fading away on its own. (well, personally, I believe the SPIRIT is moving hearts to see the wrong in the action)

Rudy can put his head betwe... (Below threshold)
tom c:

Rudy can put his head between his knees and kiss his butt goodbye. This is a killer gaffe.

Ultimately, it's a const... (Below threshold)
al:

Ultimately, it's a constitutional right

Does this mean he supports public funds for buying firearms?

I am not yet committed to a... (Below threshold)
JB:

I am not yet committed to a candidate, and was leaning strongly towards Rudy. Yikes! I'm hoppin' right back off of that bandwagon. Pro-abortion is bad enough, public funding is over-the-top liberalism. How can we trust him on judges? No Sorry Rudy; It was fun flirting with you, but I could never take you home to mama.

Will he support my right to... (Below threshold)
A Veteran:

Will he support my right to own a gun by funding my next purchase with government money? Is every right going to be funded by the government?




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