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Giuliani trying to stay on point while addressing abortion question

Posted by Stephen on May 11, 2007

Does he support a woman’s right to choose or doesn’t he? It seems like a simple enough question for a presidential candidate to answer at this stage of the game. Apparently it’s not so simple for the former Mayor of New York City.

Calling it a complex issue, Giuliani said there were two pillars that guided his belief system. “One, is I believe abortion is wrong. I think it is morally wrong. And if I were asked my advice by someone who was considering an abortion, I would tell them not to have the abortion, to have the child, and if nothing else, the adoption option exists.”

The second pillar, he said, is “that in a country like ours, where people of good faith, people who are equally decent, equally moral, and equally religious, where they come to different conclusions about this, … I believe you have to respect their viewpoint. … I would grant women the right to make that choice.”

The GOP contender went on to say that he is open to ideas and ways to limit abortion, and that he supports the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal funds to be allocated for abortions. He also called for Republican voters to look beyond what he described as narrow issues and to concentrate on broader issues that make him an attractive candidate in a general election against Democrats.

“Those of us who believe that we have to remain on offense against terrorism, and we have to remain on offense to preserve, protect and expand our growth economy, we have got to unite in this election. Because if we don’t unite, and we don’t find a way of uniting around broad principles that will appeal to a large segment of this country, if we can’t figure that out, we’re going to lose this election,” said Giuliani.

This has been a difficult week for America’s Mayor. He has faced continued pressure to respond to questions regarding his position on abortion, he was forced to acknowledged that his wife has been a supporter of Planned Parenthood which supports abortion rights, but also assists families with adoption procedures, and he took a shot from the Pope who said presidential candidates that support abortion rights should not be allowed to take communion. Giuliani is Catholic.

He also faced questions regarding a pair of companies he owned. Records show that the companies represented both a debtor and a creditor in a recently concluded bankruptcy proceeding which could be a potential conflict of interest that wasn’t disclosed to the federal judge overseeing the case. The matter could heighten pressures on Giuliani’s presidential campaign to be more forthcoming about the candidate’s stable of businesses, their clients and the services they provide.

In September 2005, a subsidiary of closely held Giuliani Partners LLC signed a consulting agreement with Delta Air Lines Inc. to provide restructuring advice during the carrier’s bankruptcy reorganization, drawing more than $5 million in fees for the service. Then, in January 2006, a separate Giuliani Partners division, Giuliani Security & Safety, signed a $2 million consulting deal with Command Security Corp., a tiny provider of security-guard services that had been left with $1 million in unpaid bills when Delta and Northwest Airlines Corp. filed for bankruptcy-court protection in September 2005.

There is no evidence in the public record that Giuliani Capital intervened with Delta on behalf of Command Security, the Giuliani Security client, or that any Giuliani company acted unethically in the bankruptcy. However, considering the litany of corruption cases that have been paraded in front of Americans over the past five years, the mere suggestion of improper activity might be enough to spook many voters tired of corporate corruption.

Despite the hits taken this week Giuliani continues to hold a solid lead nation-wide, but the chinks in the armor are beginning to add up. He must find a way to recapture the headlines so that his strengths are once again the center of conversation rather than apparent vulnerabilities that, this week at least, hovered over his campaign.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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