Skip to comments.Yes, Rudy Giuliani Is a Conservative
Posted on 02/28/2007 9:56:17 AM PST by Peach
Not since Teddy Roosevelt took on Tammany Hall a century ago has a New York politician closely linked to urban reform looked like presidential timber. But today exNew York mayor Rudy Giuliani sits at or near the top of virtually every poll of potential 2008 presidential candidates. Already, Giulianis popularity has set off a stop Rudy movement among cultural conservatives, who object to his three marriages and his support for abortion rights, gay unions, and curbs on gun ownership. Some social conservatives even dismiss his achievement in reviving New York before 9/11.
An August story on the website Right Wing News, for instance, claims that Giuliani governed Gotham from left of center. Similarly, conservatives have been feeding the press a misleading collection of quotations by and about Giuliani, on tax policy and school choice issues, assembled to make him look like a liberal.
But in a GOP presidential field in which cultural and religious conservatives may find something to object to in every candidate who could really get nominated (and, more important, elected), Giuliani may be the most conservative candidate on a wide range of issues. Far from being a liberal, he ran New York with a conservatives priorities: government exists above all to keep people safe in their homes and in the streets, he said, not to redistribute income, run a welfare state, or perform social engineering.
The private economy, not government, creates opportunity, he argued; government should just deliver basic services well and then get out of the private sectors way. He denied that cities and their citizens were victims of vast forces outside their control, and he urged New Yorkers to take personal responsibility for their lives.
Just damn, Peach. With you chumming the water, you're attracking the sharks. I didn't know that being a verbal masochist was part of your FR profile.
On the issue of race, Giuliani is actually to the right of the other Republican candidates since he isn't afraid to antagonize Al Sharpton and other black leaders.
Posted here earlier this month with 750 replies:
Perhaps the polling public only knows the "hero of 9/11" and not his positions. You can bet the media and the Democrats (one and the same) will let them know if Mayor Giuliani wins the Republican nomination.
Mind you, he IS a New Yorker...
I am not supporting Rudy in any way shape or form for POTUS. I don't hate the guy but would rather he serve at CIA or Defense than have anyting to do with domestic law enforcement.
It seems like we are willing to compromise anything just to get someone in there with an R by their name these days.
I posted my comment because of the sheer volume of Rudy postings. Perhaps an offshoot FreeRudy.com site ought to pop up?
Thank you for posting this article. I personally like Rudy. Better than me liking him, I am also noticing that young people like him. A lot of young people can be a mix of social liberal and fiscal and defense conservative. I know I will be flamed for this but a lot of young people are very compassionate and not yet very opinionated probably because of the influences of college campuses and liberal teachers. Rudy appeals to the young people that don't like Hillary and think Obama doesn't say anything in his speeches. We are not voting for Pope and outside of judges, a President has little impact on social values. Even having a conservative President does not guarantee conservative judges. If a Supreme Court judge retires now, what are the chances of a conservative judge getting approved? I could never vote for McCain, too old and acts nutty, I never had heard of Duncan Hunter and I am well read, I don't see the difference between Mitt and Rudy except Rudy has broader appeal. Flame away!
I don't hate Rudy at all........ I just reject any assertion that he is a conservative. You can't say you are "conservative", and support abortion and gay marriage. Impossible. Those are 2 issues that people who believe in God, and have morals feel very strongly about, and should never give in to.
Yes, it's too bad Rudy's a little too liberal on some social issues, but we got to be realistic here. The Democrats have a really good shot at getting the White House back in 08. I really believe Rudy is the only one on the Republican side that has a realistic shot at winning. McCain is too old, and there are too many people out there that take issue with the fact that Romney is Mormon. And forget about Duncan Hunter or Tom Tancredo and people like that because no body knows who they are.
You got to look at it this way: who would you rather have Hillary or Rudy. With Rudy at least he will push generally conservative issues in regards to economics or you can have Hillary who will push liberal issues on everything. Plus whoever is president next will most likely to get to appoint more supreme court justices so it's important to maintain control of the WH. Also, if Hillary gets in with a Democratic Congress, you're going to see a big push for more government involvement in healthcare. Seriously, we're going to have to go with the best we can get. Rudy is it, and I really believe will be the next President.
If the Rudy Roto Rooters want to bandy his wonderful qualities propaganda, I would apprecite it if they filed their propaganda in their own forum.
I think we all have seen enough of the debate to know what Rudy Tootles record is, and we know something about how he is very Clintonesque in playing the political game.
So I also vote that the Rudy Rotorooters have their own forum. That way they can play out of the traffic without getting run over.
Those are some great points. I can see from the polls that Rudy is popular with a wide range of people, and that's a good thing.
How is "progress" achieved by conservatives through a Republcian President promoting gun control, man-made global warming, hate crime legislation, abortion on demand and the homosexual agenda?
It's no wonder liberalism keeps advancing when "conservatives" are stupid enough to support politicians like Giuliani for office.
Then, if he gets in and starts behaving like a RINO, you and those that voted for him will acts as if you're shocked even though you were warned about what was going to happen.
I pretty much stopped reading there.
I don't know how many times I have been dissed because I am a RINO, I am almost 50 and never pulled a (D) lever in my lifetime. This site is for conservatives now, not Republicans.
"Rudy's a little too liberal on some social issues"?
A LITTLE TOO LIBERAL?
*Pro Roe V Wade, including government funding of abortions.
*Anti 2nd amendment (Called for a federal "assault weapons" ban stronger than the one passed by a democrat congress and signed by clinton). Called for national handgun licensing.
*Pro campaign finance reform
*Pro illegal immigration (supports mccain / kennedy amensty bill, ran NY city as a 'sanctuary city' for illegal aliens - fought feds to maintain that program
*Pro "hate crimes" laws
Good luck with that.
Oh, they know his positions, and they don't care.
Indeed, in one recent poll, majorities of Republicans who were informed of Giulianis views on social issues said that they were either minor issues or no issues at all; only 16% said that they wouldn't vote for him after being informed of these views.
In the online GOP Bloggers poll, Giuliani is consistently one of the few candidates to end up with a net positive acceptability rating. These internet denizens are well-informed, and overwhelmingly self-describe as conservative (78% self-describe as 7 or higher on a 10-scale of conservatism). If these people can support Rudy, anyone can.
Human Events, Is Giuliani the Republican Peyton Manning,
White evangelical Protestants now clearly favor Rudy Giuliani over Sen. John McCain, "despite his support of abortion rights and gay rights, two issues of great importance to religious conservatives."
Yeah, but I keep gittin' told that he's a conservative and that's sort of like peeing on my boot and telling me it's raining.
When I get treated that I'm so stupid I don't know when somebody is peeing on my boot it gets my dander up. Why not present him for what he is, a member of the Rockefeller country club republican cadre and stop trying to cast him as some sort of conservative which he isn't by any standard; either fiscally, constitutionally or by size of goobermint?
I might even consider voting for him in the general election but he's spinning (or is it triangulating?) about "what he is" so much it's raising serious questions in my mind about his character.
It has always been a site for conservatives.
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