The Corner

The Commitments

Peter Robinson asked whether my opposition to Giuliani has weakened since he pledged to reduce the abortion rate and increase the adoption rate as president, and whether it would weaken further if he pledged to name a pro-life running mate. Short answer: No.

Getting kids out of foster care and into adoptive homes is a great thing to do, and I’m glad to see Giuliani elevate the issue. I’m not sure what exactly a president can do about it, but I look forward to hearing his proposals. But it has nothing to do with reducing the abortion rate.Saying that he wants to reduce the abortion rate is better than not saying it. But it provides no reason for me to support him over, say, Hillary Clinton, who says the same thing and is more forthright about how she would try to do it.

I would obviously prefer Giuliani, if nominated, to have a pro-life running mate rather than a pro-choice one. But I would expect no less. I’m not grateful when people refrain from sticking their fingers in my eye.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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