Hawkins Fires at Wrong Target
John Hawkins has posted a pretty thorough roundup of the blemishes in Rudy's past social views.
The problem is that Giuliani's platform in the 2008 primary race will differ significantly from when he was running for Mayor of NYC in the late 1980's.
Just like Mitt Romney- ("I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it." and "...regardless of one’s beliefs about choice, you would hope it would be safe and legal."); or George Allen- ("abortion should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support" and "[abortion should be legal]…when pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, when the life of the woman is endangered, and gross fetal abnormality.") which would keep 98% of all abortions legal.
John McCain, who has a fairly strong Pro-Life voting record, assured an assembled group of San Francisco newspaper editors that overturning Roe v. Wade would not be a priority in his administration.
Even Condi Rice has described herself as "reluctantly Pro-Choice".
So who does that leave us in the 2008 field? Newt, Huckabee, and Brownback. Does Hawkins really believe that these are the only candidates who have a shot at the Republican nomination?
Every candidate will move to the right on a myriad of issues leading up to 2008. Rudy Giuliani included.
This issue was discussed in greater depth in a previous essay I wrote entitled "Addressing the Abortion Meme" found here.