May 9, 2007

$900 Isn’t Much of a Bribe, Rudy…

Filed under: Uncategorized — stoprudy @ 2:30 pm

By now you all have heard something along the lines of this story in the Washington Post, discussing a series of donations he and his (then) wife Donna Hanover made to Planned Parenthood in the 1990s, totaling $900. Speaking about his donations on the Laura Ingraham show, Giuliani defended his donations by saying My idea of a choice is that it should be a real choice and that ultimately, then, you have to respect a woman’s consciousness.

He then re-iterated, in far more words, that he believes abortion is a woman’s choice. As a response to continues grilling by Ingraham, Giuliani stated So why people think this is such a contradiction, I don’t get. I think it’s entirely consistent.

Republican commentator and former Reagan Treasurer Bay Buchanan weighed in on the issue of Giuliani’s consistency, saying What’s happening now is it’s becoming apparent who Giuliani really is. He exposed himself to be someone who is very much pro-choice but would like to hide the matter.


May 4, 2007

Rudy Giuliani in G.O.P. Presidential Debate

Filed under: Debates — stoprudy @ 12:57 am

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani participated in tonight’s ten-way Republican Presidential candidate debate against Senators, Congressmen, and Governors who were trying to grab the title of “Reagan-esque.” During the debate, Giuliani was twisting in the wind, giving eloquent non-answers to questions on Iran, on the treatment of African-Americans while in New York, saying: We reduced crime… it helped the poor, not all of them African-American, and we reduced the number of people on welfare.

Giuliani on overturning Roe v. Wade (when every other candidate, in one word, answered that it would be a good idea): It’d be O.K. It’d also be O.K. if a strict constructionist judge saw Roe v. Wade as precedent. In his winding answer, he also said that he felt the issue should be left to the states, and likened the issue to states rights, especially regarding public funding for abortion.

Giuliani on Christian Conservatives (whether their growing influence is good): Neither party has a monopoly on virtue or vice… we’d need to include everyone. Again, he avoids answering the question, instead choosing to point out his tenure as mayor of New York City.

Giuliani on his own “nuanced” stance on abortion: I hate abortion… in New York, I encouraged adoption. However, I would respect the woman’s right to make a different choice. You have to respect the woman’s right to choose.

Giuliani on using federal funding for embryonic stem cells research: I would support it with some limitations. It should be said that McCain was a maverick on this one and supported it (while giving credit to former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who was in attendance), but he gave a straight answer while Giuliani again attempted to avoid answering the question directly.

Giuliani on “any tax he’d like to cut (aside from Bush tax cuts)”: Reduce the Alternative Minimum Tax… reduce the income tax wherever we can. Other candidates were talking about eliminating the income tax and going to a fair tax (Tancredo), with Ron Paul getting rid of a lot of other taxes. Giuliani’s answers were about reductions, while only cutting the death tax.

During one of the interactive rounds, Giuliani was asked the difference between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims (why this was a question, I don’t know…), and he seemed to get to the answer after stumbling about (revolves around an elected vs. handpicked caliphate).

Giuliani on his biggest weakness as a Presidential candidate: No one is endorsing me… and went on to talk about he was an optimist in the way of Ronald Reagan.

Giuliani on a national I.D. card: I support a National I.D. card for foreigners To his credit, some other candidates supported the card, such as Mitt Romney.

All-in-all, Giuliani seemed to avoid giving straight answers on questions, even when he was asked for a straight-forward yes or no question. He did finally come out as pro-choice, even though he said that he personally hates abortion. In terms of conservatism, Giuliani is certainly not the front-runner of the party.

December 23, 2006

Richard Viguerie: Godfather of Conservatism

Filed under: Non-Endorsements — stoprudy @ 1:59 am

“If Rudy Giuliani — who is wrong on all of the social issues as well as the Second Amendment and is a blank slate on most other important issues such as judges, taxes and size of government — is the Republican presidential nominee, I would expect a mass exit of most conservatives from the Republican Party in 2008,” warns Richard A. Viguerie, a prominent conservative-movement fundraiser and author.


December 21, 2006

Major New York Republican Comes Out Against Rudy

Filed under: Non-Endorsements — stoprudy @ 3:00 pm

From Jonathan Martin at NRO’s The Corner, we learn:

Is the man who ran against HRC for the Senate in ’00 when Rudy pulled out of the race. I ran into Rick Lazio last night and chatted with him about the ’08 jockeying. When I asked why he wasn’t with the other NY Republicans at the big Rudy kick-off, he offered a smile and then discussed his two favorite candidates for the nomination. Lazio, now a heavy with JPMorgan Chase in NYC, praised Romney’s business acumen and can-do skills and also lauded McCain’s proven leadership abilities. He’s been wooed by both candidates recently.

December 20, 2006

CNN/Opinion Research Poll: Rudy Loses

Filed under: Polling — stoprudy @ 6:07 pm

The Hotline reports on a new CNN/Opinion Research showing Rudy Giuliani would be beat by Hillary Clinton and only tie Al Gore in the 2008 General Election.

H. Clinton 48%
Giuliani 46
Other/undec 6

A. Gore 46%
R. Giuliani 46
Other/undec 8

(Conducted 12/15-17; surveyed 1019 adults; margin of error +/- 3% (release, 12/18).)

So let’s get his straight, Rudy can’t beat one of the most divisive figures in politics or the man who lost his home state in 2000?

December 19, 2006

WaPo: Giuliani’s Primary Hurdle

Filed under: In the Media, Non-Endorsements — stoprudy @ 6:22 pm

The Washington Post is nearly on board with us: Rudy Giuliani’s liberal positions a high hurdle for him to overcome; they just need to go a step further: his liberal positions are wrong for America.

Writes Michael Powell and Chris Cillizza:

conservative party strategists and activists in key primary states are skeptical and warn that the socially liberal Republican faces a difficult campaign. They question whether a Republican who has had one marriage end in annulment and another in divorce, and favors abortion rights, gun control and immigrant rights, has much retail appeal in the evangelical and deeply conservative reaches of the GOP.

Here’s some choice quotes:

If the Republican Party wants to send the social conservatives home for good, all they have to do is nominate Rudy Giuliani

-Rick Scarborough, a Southern Baptist minister and president of Vision America

For us to nominate him, we have to say those issues are not really important to us [and] we care more about winning regardless of the philosophy of our candidate… I don’t believe that a majority of Republican primary voters will make that choice

-GOP consultant Curt Anderson

If I’m a Republican consultant, I wait until the Southern primaries and blow him up on social issues: the he divorce, the annulment, posing in drag at the party at City Hall.

-Democrat consultant Hank Sheinkopf

December 12, 2006

New poll on the election; mixed results for Rudy

Filed under: Polling — stoprudy @ 2:11 am

A new WNBC/Marist poll hit over the weekend, and the results are mixed for Rudy Giuliani.

Thinking about the 2008 presidential elections, would you definitely consider voting for Rudy Giuliani, possibly consider voting for Rudy Giuliani, or would you definitely not consider voting for Rudy Giuliani?
Definitely not consider: 34%
Definitely consider: 17%

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-gay rights Republican. Would the fact that Rudy Giuliani has these positions be a major factor, a minor factor, or not a factor in deciding if you would vote for Rudy Giuliani for president in 2008?
Party: Major Factor, Minor Factor, Not a Factor
Registered Voters: 41%, 28%, 31%
Democrats: 35%, 25%, 40%
Republican: 47%, 31%, 22%
Independent: 40%, 30%, 30%

Do you think it is very likely, likely, not very likely, or not likely at all that Rudy Giuliani will be elected president in 2008?
Party: Very Likely, Likely, Not Very Likely, Not Likely At All, Unsure
Registered Voters: 8%, 30%, 37%, 17%, 8%
Democrat: 4%, 24%, 41%, 25%, 6%
Republican: 13%, 37%, 32%, 9%, 9%
Independent: 6%, 30%, 39%, 16%, 9%


Looking at these numbers a few things stand out.

First, Rudy Giuliani starts out with 34% of the electorate dead set against him; only 17% will definitely consider it. Mind you, this isn’t asking if the polled people will vote for him… only if they’ll consider it. Not good when 34% won’t even consider voting for you.

Second, an overwhelming majority of GOP voters (78%) will consider his stance on social issues; 47% say it will play a “major factor.” Given the GOP base’s position on gays, guns, and life this is going to hurt him… if it ever gets out. So we’ll keep pounding the message away.

Third, even if he runs, a majority of registered voters don’t think he’ll win. Nothing like optimism among the masses as to your chances of success to make your campaign worthwhile.

December 9, 2006 calls Rudy out

Filed under: Right to Life — stoprudy @ 11:44 pm has their story up on Rudy Giuliani’s bid for the White House. What’s noticeable: they are also the first news site to highlight his rabid pro-abortion stance.

When asked to respond to social issues on CNN’s Inside Politics in a 1999 interview, Giuliani replied, “I’m pro-choice.”

In the same CNN he also indicated he does not support even a modest ban on the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure saying, “No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that changing.”

Giuliani also indicated he would have upheld President Clinton’s veto of the partial-birth abortion ban.

“Yes. I said I then that I support him, so I have no reason to change my mind about it,” he told the New York Times in November 1999. also noted that he would be the first proudly pro-abortion Republican nominee for President since Gerald Ford. Does the GOP really want a candidate that walks in those footsteps?

December 8, 2006

Rudy Giuliani: Insiders’ say he’s weak

Filed under: Polling — stoprudy @ 6:48 pm

The National Journal is out with a new Insider’s poll. The poll surveyed Congressional and Political Insiders, with 145 GOPers and 147 Dems being asked questions. The results? Rudy Giuliani was picked 3rd from last to be the GOP nominee, and was only the 3rd strongest candidate for either president of vice-president. Clearly the professional political insiders think that if the GOP wants to win in ’08, they must choose someone other than Giuliani.

The Results of the Survey:

Who Will Be GOP WH Nominee?
(First-place votes only)
J. McCain 73%
M. Romney 18
R. Giuliani 5
N. Gingrich 1
M. Huckabee 1

Who Would Be The Strongest GOP WH Candidate? (GOP, Dem)
J. McCain 56%, 71%
M. Romney 25, 11
R. Giuliani 14, 14
H. Barbour 1, —
G. Pataki 1, —
C. Powell 1, —
M. Sanford 1, —
G. Allen –, 1
J. Bush –, 1
J. Danforth –, 1
M. Huckabee –, 1
N. Gingrich –, —

Who Would Be The Strongest GOP VP Nominee? (GOPers only)
M. Romney 20%
C. Rice 18
R. Giuliani 12
H. Barbour 8
J. Bush 5
C. Hagel 5
T. Pawlenty 5

(Story on the polling here.)

Rudy Giuliani is pro-illegal immigration

Filed under: Immigration — stoprudy @ 5:34 pm

Having deferred forming his exploratory committee until after the 2006 elections, Rudy Giuliani managed to side step his past on the issue of illegal immigration. But its catching up to him.

In 1996, Giuliani used his weekly mayoral radio address to proudly promote a lawsuit he filed to oppose federal efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration. His was a typically liberal excuse:

Two days ago I announced that the City of New York has filed suit against the federal government. We are challenging a provision of the recently enacted federal Welfare and Immigration Law….Our lawsuit contends that the new federal law violates the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by invalidating New York City’s “Executive Order 124.”

For those who may not know, “Executive Order 124” is New York City’s policy regarding undocumented immigrants. This order was issued seven years ago by Mayor Ed Koch and then later reissued by Mayor Dinkins and then by me. “Executive Order 124” protects undocumented immigrants in New York City from being reported to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service while they are using City services that are crucial for their health and safety, and critical for the health and safety of the entire city.


So in other words, Giuliani decided to not only actively fight against efforts to identify illegal immigrants in America, but work to provide them with government health care as well.

Rudy Giuliani: Right for New York, Wrong for America.

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