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Giuliani losing steam in '08 presidential race
Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 18, 2007 | Linda Feldmann

Posted on 05/17/2007 1:13:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Washington - Just a month ago, Rudy Giuliani was riding high in polls of Republican voters for their party's 2008 presidential nomination. The former mayor of New York enjoyed near universal name recognition and a sterling reputation for leadership and decisiveness in the aftermath of 9/11.

And his liberal stands on divisive issues such as abortion? Maybe a new day had dawned, in which enough social conservative voters would put security concerns ahead of the culture wars to nominate a liberal Republican, some party activists had suggested. Others touted Mr. Giuliani's strength in the GOP field as a sign that theirs was a "big tent" party.

Now, the tide seems to be shifting. Giuliani's poll numbers have flattened noticeably in the past few weeks, following the first GOP debate early this month and the ensuing news coverage over his conflicted answer on abortion rights.

In the latest Cook Political Report/RT Strategies poll, Giuliani leads Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona by just one point, 25 percent to 24 percent, down from a seven-point lead at the end of April. In the Gallup poll, Giuliani's lead over Senator McCain has shrunk from 14 points in early May to six points in mid-May.

"He's been on the ropes the last couple of weeks," says Amy Walter, an analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, who cites not just his liberal stand on abortion, but also his inability to explain himself clearly. "Giuliani's strongest asset is supposed to be this sense that … he projects strength and courage of conviction. Yet on the first question about a contentious issue, he seemed to be all over the place."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 05/17/2007 1:13:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Sweet


2 posted on 05/17/2007 1:18:09 PM PDT by wastedyears (I was opposed to Rudy in the mid 1990s when he took my fireworks away. I was but a little boy.)
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To: Jim Robinson

First NPR, now the Christian Science Monitor?


3 posted on 05/17/2007 1:18:40 PM PDT by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: Jim Robinson
"He's been on the ropes the last couple of weeks," says Amy Walter

I do not support Rudy, so please spare the onslaught. However, He looked strong in the debate the other night. Did his numbers improve after that?

4 posted on 05/17/2007 1:20:17 PM PDT by outofstyle (My Ride's Here)
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To: Jim Robinson
Maybe a new day had dawned, in which enough social conservative voters would put security concerns ahead of the culture wars to nominate a liberal Republican

I still don't think so. Whoever is chosen for the Republican nomination will need to be both tough on national security and a defender of the right to life.

Rudy's fundamental flaws: Conservatives see abortion as an underlying part of a cultural struggle. Rudy sees it as an issue to overcome. Conservatives see the traditional family as the building block of a culture. Rudy sees it as, well, optional.

5 posted on 05/17/2007 1:20:53 PM PDT by jr48154
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To: outofstyle

Rudy did do well in the debate, but usually only political junkies watch those things, so it’s impact isn’t going to be as much as that of a major issue.


6 posted on 05/17/2007 1:22:50 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Jim Robinson
Folks I am getting more and more depressed about the 08 elections. I am not happy with any of the candidates. I have a sickening feeling that Hillary may get elected. I did not think this was possible a few months ago. But now I am not so sure. i realize the election is 18 months away but things are not going our way. Now the GOP has caved on the immigration issue and Bush is elated. God help us.
7 posted on 05/17/2007 1:23:09 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Uncle Hal

Uncle Hal - I promise you - the GOP ship will right itself and we will field a great candidate for POTUS.

Take faith - we will rise and meet the challenges ahead.

I have zero doubt about that.

ZERO


8 posted on 05/17/2007 1:26:39 PM PDT by Jake The Goose
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To: Jim Robinson

Maybe it’s time to retire my tagline then...


9 posted on 05/17/2007 1:27:01 PM PDT by pgyanke (RUDY GIULIANI 2008 - BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO COMPROMISE YOUR PRINCIPLES ANYWAY... WHY WAIT?)
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To: Uncle Hal

...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.(John 14:27)


10 posted on 05/17/2007 1:27:09 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Jim Robinson

Forget JulieAnnie...Lets hope Duncan Hunter moves ahead by word of mouth being that the lib press refuses to aknowledge him because he has no sensationalistic gimmick. He`s not a Marxist former co-President, a hair obsessed ambulance chaser, a guy with a terrorist sounding name nor a former comb over 911 whore...Let`s move him ahead solely by word of mouth. I think when people are made aware, he will get the recognition and ultimatey the votes he deserves.


11 posted on 05/17/2007 1:27:21 PM PDT by Screamname (The only reason time exists is so everything doesn`t happen all at once - Albert Einstein)
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To: Jim Robinson

New tagline...


12 posted on 05/17/2007 1:28:01 PM PDT by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--To elect a conservative, you have to support a conservative!)
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To: pgyanke
Maybe it’s time to retire my tagline then...

Naw...keep it until the fork confirms he is done :>)

13 posted on 05/17/2007 1:29:11 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Rudy: When you absolutely,positively need a liberal for President.)
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To: Uncle Hal
I am not happy with any of the candidates.

Hang on another month. Fred is on the way.

14 posted on 05/17/2007 1:30:00 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: pgyanke

I like it better.

Always better to be positive than negative.


15 posted on 05/17/2007 1:30:10 PM PDT by Jake The Goose
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To: beltfed308

I thought I’d go from negative on Rudy to promoting the guy I want... like the new tagline?


16 posted on 05/17/2007 1:30:48 PM PDT by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--To elect a conservative, you have to support a conservative!)
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To: Uncle Hal
I am not happy with any of the candidates

We've got good candidates, they just won't win because they haven't been annointed by the party.

17 posted on 05/17/2007 1:31:24 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: outofstyle
Rudy was quick to throw Ron Paul an anchor when he jumped overboard, but even in doing so, and his follow up afterwards about the Saudi prince, you realize that's all the ammo he's got.

He may have been the right mayor for the time, much as I feel Bush was the right president for the time.

Going forward, we need someone more conservative, one who can enunciate Conservatism clearly and comprehensively as a rock solid alternative to the debasement the liberals have brought to the table.

18 posted on 05/17/2007 1:31:28 PM PDT by 4woodenboats (Bush owns the war on terror, but the Dems/Media want to own another 'Nam style loss)
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To: Jake The Goose

Thank you.


19 posted on 05/17/2007 1:31:35 PM PDT by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--To elect a conservative, you have to support a conservative!)
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To: Uncle Hal
2008 is going to be a tough year unless something changes dramatically for the better in Iraq. And the numbers look bad for us in the Senate, with few vulnerable Dem seats.

That said, the best thing we may have going is the Dem candidates. Hillary is extremely polarizing and puts off big chunks of her own base. Edwards is feckless. Obama - well, can you imagine an Illinois state senator is really qualified to be President? Most all the Republicans will look solid and experienced by comparison. It'll be tough, but it just could happen.

20 posted on 05/17/2007 1:31:41 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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