Skip to comments.Giuliani stresses record, woos U.S. conservatives
Posted on 03/02/2007 6:30:19 PM PST by PhiKapMom
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent Fri Mar 2, 4:36 PM ET
Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani acknowledged his differences with the party's conservative base on Friday but said bigger principles should be at stake in the race for the White House.
The former New York mayor led a parade of six Republican White House contenders who wooed frustrated conservatives at an annual convention. He asked the activists to look past his support for abortion rights, gay rights and gun control.
Giuliani, dubbed "America's Mayor" for his leadership after the September 11 attacks, touted his New York record of reducing crime, cutting city taxes and moving people from welfare to jobs.
"We all don't see eye to eye on everything. You and I have a lot of common beliefs that are the same, and we have some that are different," Giuliani told attendees at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
"The point of a presidential election is to figure out who do you believe the most, and what do you think are the most important things for this country at a particular time," he said.
Giuliani leads the Republican presidential field in national polls, but he and the other top-tier candidates -- Arizona Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- have been criticized for straying from conservative principles.
McCain championed campaign finance reform, opposed some of President George W. Bush's tax cuts and attacked conservative religious leaders during his 2000 presidential campaign. His decision not to appear at the three-day conservative gathering further angered some activists.
Romney has shifted his positions on social issues like abortion and gay rights to become more conservative.
Even many lesser-known candidates have sparked grumbling from conservatives, who have made their displeasure with the 2008 Republican field evident.
"DUDE, WHERE'S MY CANDIDATE?"
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, criticized for raising taxes as governor, promised to sign a pledge he would not raise taxes as president and joked about the state of distress at the conference.
"It might be renamed the conservative presidential anxiety conference," he said. "The theme might be, 'Dude, where's my candidate?"'
Huckabee and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo also took veiled swipes at the top contenders, particularly Romney and his changing positions on hot-button social issues.
"We have to have leaders who understand that being a leader is about being a thermostat, not a thermometer," Huckabee said. "We can't afford to elect people who simply reflect a culture and reflect a common view, but don't necessarily believe it."
Tancredo, using a biblical reference, said such conversions "are supposed to be made on the road to Damascus, not the road to Des Moines."
California Rep. Duncan Hunter (news, bio, voting record) and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback (news, bio, voting record) stressed their opposition to abortion rights and their determination to appoint judges who would overturn the Supreme Court decision making it legal.
"If any judicial candidate comes before me who can look at a sonogram of an unborn child and not see a valuable human life, then I will not appoint that candidate to the federal bench," Hunter said.
Romney said he had seen the ineffectiveness of liberal policies while presiding over Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the country. He also promised to sign the pledge against tax increases and said he would repeal McCain's signature bill overhauling campaign finance laws.
Tancredo, who entered the race to stress his opposition to illegal immigration, said he had no problem with being called a single-issue candidate as long as people know "my single issue is the survival and success of the conservative movement in America."
I had said I wasn't going to say anything about other candidates but with Romney I draw the line. His flip flops and now saying he will do things he cannot do, is too much for keep quiet.
I'm not buying it. Anyone can see for themselves, what Rudy says in his own words in this video.
Rudy Giuliani video on YouTube: "I would like to run on the Democratic line "
Posted on 03/01/2007 2:53:19 PM PST by Kevmo
Yeah Giuliani really "wooed" the CPAC people. They were very polite to him, even applauding lightly while he patted himself on the back. But he was really bland, following Wayne LaPierre of the NRA. Then Ann Coulter ripped Rudy apart. But the CPAC people were polite to Rudy.
I think they were more than polite, for the most part I think they loved him.
I could see how you would see it just like that.
I think they may have even loved him personally, but they hate his positions on abortion, amnesty for illegals, gun control, embryonic stem cell research, partial birth abortion, global warming and homosexual marriage/civil unions. Yes, they were polite to him, but inside we know what they are thinking.
Dream on, he is a democrat with an R by ITS name!
From one of the bloggers:
The CPAC bloggers are covering the Mayors speech admirably, so I wont belabor each point of the speech. But here are some initial impressions from the room.
Rudy packed em in. The doors closed 20 minutes before he began speaking and Im told the poor CPAC interns were locked arm to arm keeping more people from the capacity room. (Erick Erickson and Rob Bluey got the short stick in all this lets say that their 12:30 new media panel definitely didnt get the attendance it richly deserved.)
Note: Standing ovation to start and end his speech. Even the Romney folks that had been hired to pass out his literature were gathered around the TV sets watching Rudy. That part comes to me courtesy of a CR I know that was there.
Hunten Dunken is a 20 year big spending hack who has not led on a single issue. He's even for earmarks.
A fiscal liberal/social conservative wired into K street is a mini-W.
That's worth about 33% of the general .
No Chance..bye bye.
http://www.clubforgrowth.org/20Ted Olsen is a backstabbing sellout.06/10/duncan_hunters_voting_record.php
But Leader?????????? Too big a risk there. Too many flip-flops.
I don't believe Romney for a second, but the Supreme Court only ruled that Congress may restrict campaign financing, not that it must.
So McCain-Feingold could be repealed at any time, given the political will to do so (which is unlikely anytime soon).
Yes, because I watched it and listened to it. I could see the faces in the crowd. They didn't get nearly as excited with Rudy as the did with Duncan Hunter when he suggested "Let's finish that fence!" and "As president, I will pardon" the i mprisoned Border Patrol agents. That, along with Wayne LaPierre, stirred the crowd much more than the bland Rudy speech.
Romney going negative is tanking him more along with his flip flops almost on a daily basis now. Must be in the MA water!
Cannot believe that candidates that talk about litmus tests for judges when if a potential nominee met their litmus test for a specific item, that nominee if confirmed could not hear such cases.
Lack of Government 101 from some of the candidates which amounts to pandering.
What they are really thinking is, my God, this man is great on all non-social issues, the President has little affect on social issues except mostly through judicial appointments and Rudy supports strict constructionist, he has a very accomplished record as Mayor, he is a very strong leader in a time when we desperately need a strong leader, and Rudy is our most electable candidate in the general.
Club for Growth is tied into one of Romney's consultants or at least they used to be less than six months ago. :)
I spoke with several attendees, and that is what I was told. I would think since they were in attendance, they would know what they were thinking. Nice try, however.
That is not what the attendees are saying. You might want to make a few phone calls, if you know anyone attending.
I also spoke to some CR's that are there and they loved Rudy and said everyone wanted in to hear his speech and they had to lock hands to keep people out. The room was packed.
They said that Rudy was the main attraction and after he spoke a lot of them left to go sightseeing!
See Post 12.
And Post 23.
So you say, after looking at a complete days worth of replies on various threads from you, I find anything you say 'suspect'. But nice try.
Just finishing watching the Giuliani speech. One of the worst political speeches I've ever witnessed. Unfocused, scattered, boring, almost impossible to follow his thoughts. Awful. Truly awful.
I suspect anybody that calls Ted Olsen a RINO sellout.
Hunten Dunken is a 20 year big spending
***That would be an indictment of the republican party, not necessarily a good indictment of a loyal republican within the party. Duncan will push for good solid fiscally conservative choices.
hack who has not led on a single issue.
***He leads on immigration, and he's breaking the party line on fair trade, two issues that just happen to cut deeply across party lines and attract wide support.
No Chance..bye bye.
***Mister NoChance came within a few votes of beating Giuliani in Spartanburg last night. And he doesn't risk splitting the party base the way a social liberal like Rudy does.
yeah, that's why the crowd keeps clapping.
Its ok, I really didn't expect you to like it.
yeah sure, I guess the "attendees" are some people other then the ones I hear clapping in the room.
Starstruck college kids and polite conservatives. That's all.
Rudy has me convinced: If he gets the GOP nomination, I will register to vote as a Democrat. I mean, why not? He'd do it himself if he could.
Maybe he was watching another candidate speak and got them mixed up. You never know.
If I thought it was any good, I'd say so. But it's not. It's truly pathetic.
"Talk about pandering Romney is the worst. Now saying he would repeal McCain's signature bill overhauling campaign finance laws. What part of a SCOTUS ruling does he not understand."
What does the U.S. supreme court ruling have to do with anything? Congress can still repeal it.
Also Giuliani is the worst. He'll say anything to win. It's unknown if the leftist Giuliani as New York mayor is the true Giuliani, the one pretending to be a conservative now is the real one or the Giuliani that will pretend to be a moderate should he win the primary is the real Giuliani. No one knows.
"I won't govern America like New York." Sounds like backpeddling to me.
Go back and watch it again. There was NEVER 100% applause, many people sat and listened politely, but didn't get as excited as they did for Hunter, LaPierre or Ann Coulter.
those "starstruck" college kids - republicans are losing that generation Y demographic 58/42 to the Dems. so we damn sure better have a candidate who can demonstrate appeal to young adults, across the entire political spectrum.
He's droning on and on and saying nothing of substance. Nothing presidential about this guy at all.
I don't agree with your characterization. Romney is running on a conservative platform, compatible with the Republican Party's, and there is no turning back for him.
Well, it ain't Rudy.
I am watching it right now.
He would make a good mayor. Maybe he should go back and get some real experience.
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"Just finishing watching the Giuliani speech. One of the worst political speeches I've ever witnessed. Unfocused, scattered, boring, almost impossible to follow his thoughts. Awful. Truly awful."
Giuliani should know that if you tell the truth, you won't have to remember what you said.
in fact, of all our candidates - its ONLY Rudy, because he has some "star power", and young people tend to be very media driven.
Rudy on CSPAN today:
The good thing that Bush did was put us on a new course after 9/11. Bush put us on the offense against terrorism. Before that we prosecuted terrorists as a criminal act. Bush, despite being unpopular, put us on the offense and enabled the U.S. to use our intelligence to be able to stop terrorists and persuade them. It requires us being on offense - Democrats are uncomfortable with this. Dems want to be on defense and go back to the way they did it in the 90's (boohs from the audience).
Finally we all need to understand that America has the right ideas and we shouldn't be embarrrassed with our heads down. (Huge applause and cheers). We have great strength, we are the luckies people in the world. We have freedom and democracy and respect for human rights unlike any other country in the world. Though we have our faults, we acknowledge our gifts out of a spirit of gratitude. It's our job to share it with everyone else and go forward with the ideas Ronald Reagan had.
If we do it right the enemies we think we now have, in the future they will be our friends. We need to do it the way Ronald Reagan did it - "peace through strength".
I'll give you nthe fence but led...?
Like Tancredo ?
Or on spending like Pence....?
nah he just took a couple of contrary opinions.