Skip to comments.(Adulterer, flip-flopper) Giuliani asks Values Voters to trust him
Posted on 10/20/2007 10:21:39 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, walking into a political lions den, told the years largest gathering of social conservatives that he is not always the best example of faith but that their similarities are much greater than their differences.
Isnt it better that I tell you what I really believe instead of changing all my positions? Giuliani told an audience of 2,000 at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit at a Washington hotel. I believe trust is more important than 100 percent agreement.
The audience, generally hostile to Giuliani, recognized the shot at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and laughter and a few cheers spread across the room.
The former mayor, who left the stage grinning amid applause after his 40-minute speech, went for an authenticity contrast with Romney, substituting his law and order credentials for the family values emphasis of Romney, a long-married father of five.
Giuliani paid obeisance to the groups concerns by speaking at length about his support for school choice, home schooling, conservative judges and Israel.
All drew earnest even enthusiastic applause. He also gave a detailed plan for reducing abortions and increasing adoptions, the meatiest policy element of his speech.
It was the everything but approach he could agree with the audience on almost everything except whether a woman should be able to choose an abortion, which he supports.
"You and I know Im not a perfect person, he said. I pray for forgiveness, I pray for strength.... I feel my faith deeply, although perhaps more privately than others, because of the way I was brought up. He said he had prayed to God at the toughest parts of his life.
During our lives, at some time, all of us need forgiveness, he added. If we expect perfection from our political leaders, were just asking for disappointment .... We lose trust when theyre not honest with us.... I dont always agree with myself. [Laughter] Youll always know where I stand.... I will continue to extend my hand to you. I hope youll take it.
Giuliani showed humor, noting that he almost entered seminary: I know thats hard to believe. Noting that he attended Catholic school, he said the first school he attended where a prayer wasnt said at the beginning of the day was the New York University School of Law.
He said that on the first day, out of confusion, he made the sign of the cross. I looked around and realized people were staring at me, he joked.
Giuliani pointed out that as New York mayor, he reduced murder, drugs, prostitution and other vices. "I don't believe in inevitable decline," he said, adding he shares President Ronald Reagan's belief in optimism.
"You put Republican ideas into action.... We got results. Humbly, I would say, the best results anyone in that time got in government."
"We drove pornography out of Times Square and other public spaces," he said, drawing hearty applause. "The pornographers lost and they were driven out of Times Square."
Instead of pandering to the group, Giuliani held his ground.
Weve got to find a way to be more inclusive, Giuliani said. Christianity is all about inclusiveness. Its built around the most profound act of love in human history, isnt it? Im running for president of the United States because I believe I can bring us together. Strong leadership can help us find common solutions to our problems.
Giuliani drew laughter by saying he spends as little time in Washington as possible: Im afraid theres something in the air here.
Im not going to pretend that I can be all things to all people, he declared. Im just not like that.
But he added, in another dig at Romney, Ill always be honest with you.... You will always know where I stand.
You have absolutely nothing to fear from me, Giuliani went on, adding that he was puzzled by those who make him out to be some kind of liberal activist: Just read any New York Times editorial when I was mayor of New York City. That got a big laugh.
Giuliani was speaking to one of the most conservative audiences in American politics. During a Christian worship service from the podium an hour before Giuliani spoke, leader Ron Freeman interspersed the praise hymn Blessed be the Name with the hopeful wish:
Weve got the right Senate and the Congress! The prayer included: Weve tried hard to make your agenda, our agenda.
Politicos Jonathan Martin contributed to this report.
Not that many, though, thankfully.
So tell my how some other candidate will do in Nov 2008 better than Rudy, and exactly why.
If you tell me that hard core conservatives will stay home and not vote for Rudy. Fine. I think Rudy will pick up more centrists and liberals. So tell me why there will be more stubborn conservatives determined to help Hillary win by staying home than there will be gain from picking up centrists?
It was difficult to remember he was even in the race. He wasn’t very good on immigration.
“The presidency is the total sum of the administration, not one man. A Republican presidency will empower the Republican party, bringing Republican judges and helping Republican congressional candidates”
I notice you throw around the word “Republican” a lot, but I don’t see the word “Conservative” anywhere in your post.
I think maybe you meant to direct your post to someone who is not voting for the nominee if it’s Rudy or Mitt, or whomever.
You’re preachin’ to the choir posting that to me. I said I understood doing so, didn’t say I agreed with it.
By Jove, I think you got it. A vote for Rudy is a win for liberals.
They have delusional fantasies about what happened in 1994 will happen in 2010. They fail to forget about what the democrats are willing to do, including destroying our country, to grab and to hold onto power.
They say Reagan this and Reagan that, and they failed to remember that once Reagan lost to Ford in 1976 Reagan didn’t pout and go out and form a third party, Reagan then backed Ford because Reagan knew what a disaster Carter was going to be.
Eventhough Carter was a disaster, Reagan’s electoral college landslide was helped by the fact that Anderson challenged Carter from the left.
He was pro-life as pro-life could be.
Yup. Stubborn and small minded single issue voters who insist in their way, or the highway.
You're right. There is a split. I don't know if I want to be associated with those who are so closed minded.
“Giuliani said. Christianity is all about inclusiveness.”
Has this slilme even READ the Bible?
The argument that somehow Hillary winning will energize the right to retake congress is also bunch of crap. What are the approval ratings for Congress right now? After the immigration fiasco, self inflicted scandals, and disgusting spending of pork, why should there be another revolution expectted to sweep the right back into power under President Hillary. If anything the left is moving closer to a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, which will leave the pro-lifers utterly screwed.
It's not going to happen. She will make things worse, take away more rights and absolutely decimate the causes of the single issue cement heads who decided in their infinite arrogance and short sightedness that the best way to advance their causes is to either not vote or vote for the opponent.
There is a darker insiduious rationale for the pro-life/values leaders to consider allowing Hillary to win: Money and fundraising. Hillary the boogiewoman president will raise a lot of cash for them.
“The only thing that a POTUS can do is appoint judges likely to overturn Roe V Wade and if you think hillary is going to do that, you’re smoking Wacky Tobacky!”
What makes you think Trudy would?
Me too. If he wins the nomination I will absolutly support him. particularly against She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Try the Democrats, now, you find all kinds of open minded and mindless over there.
I have my eye on the ball. The game is defeating Hillary, and avoid defeating ourselves. Rudy isn't a liberal the way Hillary is a liberal. Or stated differently, if Rudy is "liberal", then Hillary is a genuine communist.
Hillary will be hard to defeat. I think either Rudy or Romney has the best chances against her. Not sure which. But I'll take ANYONE over Hillary, even Rudy. Trashing Rudy now could be a huge mistake because the radical among us will not support him in 2008 if he wins the nomination.
Reagans 11th commandment is still a good one.
If we a country left.
Go back and read my post. Both are enemies, I consider Fruit Loop to be the most dangerous because he is a snake. He will hide and bite you when you least expect it. At least the beast is a beast all the time and you can be prepared.
The conundrum for the hair-on-fire right is going to be when Rudy swerves right if and when he wins the nomination...
Rudy was asked the question, by the way. He stipulated that he would appoint strict constructionist judges. There were no ifs, ands or buts in the answer. He may be a lot of things, but, based on his statements and positions, a liar isn't one of them.
Of course, the Hard (-headed) right will choose to disbelieve him to bolster their own argument.
“The division in the Rat party would be immense.”
As I have repeated a number of times on FR, even as a strong Rudy supporter, I understand and respect your doing everything possible not to have Rudy nominated in the Republican primary. I recognize that I will be unable to convince many with strong opinions to vote for Rudy. I am biding my time to get into the fray until the general election where I will do everything in my power to make sure Hillary does not get elected.
I do, however, feel that I must comment on your assessment of what would happen if Hillary became president.
The News media would be on her side full time. Distortions in the Iraq coverage will fade. They will buy her story hook, line, and sinker that she was put into this mess by Bush (this characterization would be hers and is not mine) and had no choice. Look at articles by Doug from Upland on FR showing videos of Hillary’s felonies. Is the press interested? Not at all. Consider the number of blacks that bought into the notion as Clinton as the first black president. Democratic dissention? Fat chance, not when it is time to enact socialist policies.
Now lets consider your proposition that the left will be angry about Iraq. (By the way in your premise if she is elected- it would be with full knowledge that she voted for the war. In fact, Hillary’s line already used, would be that if she knew Bush would make such a mess, she would not have voted yes.) What do you think Hillary’s actions would be - to further enrage that part of the base? She is not stupid politically. She would look to do things that will mollify these loonies.
Finally, if conservatives stayed home or went 3rd party, the fracture would be on our side. There are many of who would be hostile to those that we felt got Hillary elected. It would be hard to put a winning coalition back together.
Just some food for thought against a Hillary candidacy at all costs:
- Hillary is a corrupt politician with the press ignoring this on a widescale. If she were conservative and agreed with me 100% I would be vehemently against her because I feel so strongly about this issue. As Mark Steyn noted last night on Hannity & Colmes - one corruption would doom any candidate but multiple corruptions have no affect. The argument is that they pick out the most loony charge and classify all others with the loony charge. This works well for Democrats. By the way, notice how sensitive that she is to corruption by having Sandy Berger as her advisor. This shows amazing contempt.
- Hillary and a full Rat Congress would do irreparable harm to the country. Think of the judges that would be appointed.
Socialized medicine - a foot in the door will became a large chasm and force us into government run health care. Look at Hillary’s treatise in college and read about her advisors.
- The comments that there is no difference between Rudy and Hillary is patently absurd. As it is primary season, it is not relevant for us to engage in this at this time. I will engage in the discussion if this becomes our choice. There is no reason for you at this time to entertain voting for Rudy. Your focus should be to elect the nominee that you most want.
For now, go with your heart and passion in the Republican primary but be aware that regardless of the outcome Hillary must not become president.
As a Conservative, I believe that you have the ability to think. If Rudy becomes the nominee then, I look forward to getting into a good intelligent discussion.
Wrong. The solution is to keep our heads and not allow the thought of voting for third parties, or the thought of staying home next Nov.
Anything less than accepting the parties nomination helps Hillary, and that's a fact. Trashing Rudy will incite people to defect next Nov. and it's stupid to do it.
I have *not* made up my mind who to support, or even who I think has the best chances next Nov. But I *do* believe it is stupid beyond belief to trash Rudy now when it's quite probable that he may get the nomination.
“I once thought FR was a place where conservatives could come and quietly and intelligently discuss how we were going to defeat Democrats.”
You are mixing apples and oranges. conservative vs democrats? No, it’s conservatives vs liberals. One of which is currently running for the Repub nomination.
I think a lot of the problem with the pro-Trudy, anti-Trudy folks is this; You argue party vs party, and the antis (myslef included) argue ideaology vs ideaology.
You anti-Rudy types talk of how much damage Rudy will do to the pro-life cause. What about the damage Hillary would do? Face it, the only way to change the nations abortion laws is to overturn Roe v. Wade. How will electing Hillary, who will most likely get to appoint 2 or more justices, help this?
Again I ask, what makes you so confident that if Hillary is elected all of a sudden Republicans will sweep Washington? What are your facts to base this off of?
I feel very sorry for for you. You have no principles. That will be the defeat of us this time.
You have to be FOR something, not just against something.
You win against this woman by providing a clear cut opposition to her.
We will need our candidate to light the fire of his own party and light the fire of those that do not like her. Whoever points out that she is a nanny state, life controlling feminist socialist will be a winner.
You do that by having adult male, sane, leadership. You lose by running someone who is actually left of her on some issues.
“I think Rudy will pick up more centrists and liberals.”
And that is a good thing HOW exactly?
So we can survive Hillary, but not Rudy. Now that makes sense.
I'm trying to find the troll(s) around here working for Hillary, stirring up the divisions. Is it you?
“Rudy was asked the question, by the way. He stipulated that he would appoint strict constructionist judges.”
He would pay for the murder of his own grand child, and even raise taxes to force US to pay for more infanticide but you think he’s got a moral hang-up against lying?
On what issues is Giuliani to the left of Clinton?
When you find a candidate with a "C" after his name that has a chance of winning, let me know.
Well now there is an intelligent and well reasoned argument.
You mention Hell, and yet can't admit that Christianity is entirely conditional on ONLY one thing... the blood of Jesus Christ... otherwise... you know the answer.
"I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Inclusive yes, in that Jesus will take Black, White, Rich, Poor, Healthy, Weak, but only through Jesus's blood can one be forgiven, and that goes through the bottleneck of accepting the gift Jesus freely offers.
Inclusive in that Christianity accepts those that do not believe in Jesus. Nope..
Christianity is about love, but love is true love.
"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil" (Rom. 12:9)
True love is not Hypocritical. True love point out wrong and points out the way correct it.
True love does forgive, but you can only forgive something that asked you to forgive. You can not forgive a sin that is not done directly to you, and to forgive means they come to you with repentive heart. If I owe you $50 dollars, you can forgive me of that dept, but JimRob can not remove that debt that I owe you, only you can. I can forgive someone that murders one of my kids, but I can not forgive someone that murders one of your kids, I am not in the position to do so. Forgiveness has in modern times come to mean things beyond what it was intended.
Finally you say "That my FRiend, comes from a Jew"...
I value the advice of many people, including Jews... but your posts have rang only hollow on telling me how a Christian should behave. Perhaps next time you want to tell a Christian how a Christian should behave, you might consult something we hold in high regard.. The Bible.
How about dedicating some of that outrage to fighting Hillary?
He has a higher rating with NARAL than Hillary. She will run to the right of Rudy and she will win by doing that.
They used it in 2006, and it worked. You keep on going with what you know will work and gets results.
“When you find a candidate with a “C” after his name that has a chance of winning, let me know.”
If I did I have a sneaking suspicion you would avoid him and go find some center/leftist to support.
So you don't want my vote. Now *there* is an intelligent way to win an election.
I agree with your sentiments, however, if we really took abortion seriously, as murder, we would all, tomorrow destroy every abortion clinic, nationwide. But, we wont.
Why? Do we choose the rule of our law over G-d's law? Is that right?
Klinton put on the court Ginsburg and Breyer. Two abortion advocates. The next Preeident will likely put on to more. We have "a chance" to end Roe VS Wade with Strict Constructionist Judges. Even then if it is overturned, it goes back to the States. There will be only, what, about 5 States that might outlaw it? That means that babies will be slaughtered for as far as the eye can see. Yet, some will be saved.
I don't care about ratings, show me the specific issues where he is to the left of Hillary.
I want your vote as you want mine. I won’t vote for the worst, that is not winning.
And he would pay for the murder of his own grandchild? No kidding. Not sure how exactly ...but the hyperbole is ankle deep...
AND, one thing I can say for Giuliani, is I haven't seen him lie. I've seen others tapdance around their resume, and I've seen them obfuscate about their record.
By the way, who do you see as the nominee worthy of your support? So far all I've seen is that you are AGAINST Giuliani. Who are you FOR?
Rudy = Arnold Redux
My principles are victory next November against Hillary. I'm not engaging in the argument pro or con of Rudy, except to fight rabid hate mongering against him. Hate mongering against Rudy now will defeat us next November if he becomes the candidate and hard core conservatives stay home.
Say you like this candidate, or that one, and leave it at that. Engaging in personal destruction against Rudy cannot help us. Even if he didn't win the nomination, we want another powerful Republican like Rudy on our side that can help whomever the nominee is.
Because they vote.... Duh.
Ol' Rooty can trust us so/cons.
So go ahead and quit, Rooty.
Like you yourself told Values Voters: You have absolutely nothing to fear........
His NARAL rating is higher than Hillary’s. Look, they pulled this stunt in 2006. Bill was out saying that they were more conservative.
All those Reagan Democrats voted for those “conservative” Democrats. We lost them by putting up RINO’s. We lost their votes.
In the case of Rudy, they have no reason to come back to our party. Not to mention, the conservative value voters who will not be pumped and may not vote for Rudy.
Rudy is a loser. It is a damn shame we might have to endure Hillary to point that fact out.
Whose fault is it? Where is the leadership in the Conservative movement? Where has it been for the last 8 years? There has apparently been no coordination at all between the Conservative movemnet and the GOP! It is all willy-nilly. If Jim Robinson is the man, then he and Dobson and all the other members of the conservative movement should have been cooordinating with the GOP, grooming another Real Reagan candidate that we can embrace with vigor! I dont sense that that has occured at all. By doing nothing, we have allowed this Rudy thing to occur. Are Conservatives just bad strategizers? Were we thinking that another Reagan was going to pop out of thin air?
Got it...like I said earlier, Jews need not apply.
I guess this is a discussion for a different time and place. And I don't want to be accused of hijacking the thread.
I can only say that I find your comments, both, sad and quite shocking.
Yes he said that. Take the blinders off.