Family Research Council Unhappy with Rudy

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In their latest “FRC Action Update”, the pro-life group criticizes Rudy for his pro-choice stance:

Rudy… Rudy… Rudy…

The GOP, for the first time since 1976, is seriously considering nominating a path breaking supporter of abortion in Rudy Giuliani. Looking at six major polls, Real Clear Politics says Giuliani is leading by an average of 12.5 points. However, the former New York City mayor may start seeing his numbers drop. His recent campaign statements on abortion have his most ardent supporters shaking their heads in disbelief. His latest remarks came while campaigning in Iowa this past weekend. Giuliani said of abortion and the GOP, “Our party is going to grow, and we are going to win in 2008 if we are a party characterized by what we’re for, not if we’re a party that’s known for what we’re against.” In case Rudy missed it, what conservatives are “for” is life. Yet he added, “Our party has to get beyond issues like [abortion].” Meanwhile, across the pond, doctors in the United Kingdom are refusing to perform abortions. The reasons for their abdication vary between conscientious objections to finding the performance of abortion not “attractive.” Thus, as doctors in the U.K. seek to decrease their involvement in the abhorrent act of abortion, Rudy Giuliani seeks to increase, and even mandate by the use of our tax dollars, the American people’s involvement in abortion.

I for one would like to see Rudy steer clear of divisive social issues in this campaign.  But if he insists on continuing to talk about them, then he needs to be more sensitive to the conservative base.  Now granted, some of his public statements are being taken completely out of context.  I’ve heard that claimed about the recent spate of comments on abortion — but still believe he needs to work on refining his delivery on controversial issues.  Am I being too picky?  Maybe.  But as the FRC warns above, this could come back to hurt Rudy in the polls.

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