No Endorsement Yet, But Brownback Calls Giuliani 'An Excellent Leader'
Even in a party generally opposed to abortion rights, Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is perhaps uniquely outspoken in his concern about the issue, having called abortion a "holocaust" and likened the anti-abortion movement to the fight against slavery.
But after an hour-long meeting in his Senate office with former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Brownback seemed on the verge of backing the only candidate in the Republican race who supports abortion rights. Brownback, who dropped out of the Republican race last week after struggling to raise money or gain in polls, is being courted by several of the remaining candidates who are eager to get the backing of one of the most committed social conservatives in the party.
Giuliani came to Washington for this meeting, and while Brownback didn't endorse the ex-mayor, he praised him as an "excellent leader" and said he was "much more comfortable" with Giuliani's views on abortion and gay rights issues after the meeting. Asked by reporters in a brief press conference after the meeting with Giuliani if he could support a "pro-choice" nominee, Brownback said "I don't know that he described himself...as a pro-choice candidate" and then said he wanted to let Giuliani explains his own view. Giuliani reiterated his view that he does not like abortion and would like to live in a country without abortions, but that he did would not push for banning it.
--Perry Bacon Jr.
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