Giuliani and Abortion
Confronted by former Gov. Jim Gilmore (Va.) about his stance on abortion, Giuliani sought to repair the damage done by his confused responses on the issue in the first debate.
Although he supports a woman's right to choose, Giuliani said, "I think we can agree we should seek reductions on abortion." Giuliani said. He also cited statistics that abortions went down 16 percent during his time as mayor while adoptions went up 133 percent.
Giuliani then offered another angle on his pro-abortion rights position: keeping the government out of peoples' private lives.
The Giuliani argument in a nutshell: the court fight over abortion won't come to any resolution any time soon so in the meantime politicians should focus on reducing the number of abortions and increasing the number of adoptions.
Giuliani was clearly hoping to avoid a detailed discussion about the abortion issue. When first asked about Gilmore's questioning of his conservative credentials, Giuliani dodged -- invoking instead the specter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) as the Democratic nominee in 2008. "There's something bigger at stake here," Giuliani said.
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