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Giuliani Struggled With Abortion Issue

Asked whether it would be a good day when and if the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling allowing abortions is repealed, Giuliani was the one candidate who struggled a bit.

Giuliani and Paul
Giuliani, right, talks with fellow GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul. (Reuters)

"It would be ok," the former mayor said -- a major break from the "yeses" offered. He added: "The Court has to make that decision and then the country to deal with it."

He later added: "I hate abortion."

Although Romney said "absolutely" when asked whether it would be a good day if Roe v. Wade was repealed, Politico's John Harris went back at him -- pointing out that he had previously said he was pro-abortion rights.

"I've always been personally pro life," Romney said, arguing that he had changed his mind after closely studying the issue. He added that he would not apologize for that change.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:40 PM ET
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Gee Chris at least the Mayor is consistent with his views which is more than we can say for the rest of the frontrunners; especially the guy from Massachusetts; hell even the Republicans in Mass. don' t trust that guy on issues.

Posted by: Boll Weevil | May 6, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the most astonishing moment of the GOP Presidential Debate was that 3 candidates said they do not believe in evolution. Huckabee, Brownback, and Tancredo. Three nuts, who, in my opinion, humanize, but stain, the Republican Party.

Most of us like to think of Republicans as more mature, more knowledgeable. President Bush has hijacked the Republican Party, leaving its reputation in tatters. Anyone who does not believe in evolution is not truly fit, in my opinion, to lead the United States of America.


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Posted by: Jackson Rip Holmes | May 5, 2007 7:38 AM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | May 4, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The Republican candidates for president--you have to laugh when you consider what will happen to the GOP in November 2008. All they need is General Custer to be reborn to lead them into that election.

Posted by: mikeasr | May 3, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

What Giuliani is really saying is that his view on abortion is whatever view he needs to hold to win as many votes as possible. I expect the voters will take into account the basket of policies offered by each presidential candidate and whether or not he is a person of principle who will say what he means and stand by his position unless there is a substantial reason to justify changing his/her position. If they do make a change, then they should announce the change and the reason for the shift. I suspect that America can only produce Presidents who want glory in order to serve their self-interests. You will probably end up with a more intelligent fool than Bush who will continue to disappoint you. Instead of calling him Mr/Madam President why not call him Mr/Madam Flip Flop?

Posted by: Robert James | May 3, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Man, the republicans are being thrown the same fluffy questions over and over. It's mostly about proving whether or not they are pro life. It seems the republican party and the republican people are afraid to deal with the critical issues of Iraq and Afghanistan. How lame.

Posted by: tazmodious | May 3, 2007 9:02 PM | Report abuse

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