The Corner

Giuliani Links

Social Conservatives for Rudy and Catholics Against Rudy have both recently launched. AP is running a story about how Giuliani rules questions about his faith about of bounds, except when he doesn’t. (Don’t they all do that?) Via Jonathan Chait, I see the Village Voice is questioning Giuliani’s record on terrorism. (I haven’t read it yet.)

Last month, factcheck.org cast doubt on his claims about his record on adoption.

Finally, recent poll data sheds some light on the question of how Giuliani’s stance on abortion will play among Republican primary voters. Supporters and opponents alike have something to seize upon. On the one hand,”Barely four-in-ten (41%) Republican voters, including independents who lean Republican, can identify Giuliani as the GOP candidate who supports a woman’s right to choose when it comes to abortion, while the rest either incorrectly named another GOP candidate (12%) or say they do not know (47%).” That suggests that pro-life opponents of Giuliani might be able to make headway by further publicizing his position. Except that: “Conservative Republicans who know Giuliani’s position are about as likely to support him as those who are unaware of his position.”

P.S. The Pew abortion question isn’t great: It asks people to identify which GOP candidate supports legal abortion, instead of simply asking what Giuliani’s position on abortion is. But it’s what we’ve got. 

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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