Friday, May 11, 2007

Rudy Promises to Finally Take a Stand on Abortion

Rudy says he'll outline his policy on abortion before next week's debate in South Carolina:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani will fully outline his position on abortion rights before next week's GOP debate in South Carolina, Giuliani advisers told CNN on Thursday.

The former New York City mayor's remarks will reassert his personal opposition to abortion, but also emphasize his support for a woman's right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, the advisers said.

Giuliani has come under fire for fumbling an answer he gave on this controversial issue during last week's Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Los Angeles, California.

One adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to CNN, acknowledged that Giuliani was subject to sharp criticism for his handling of the question at the debate, but noted that the campaign is confident that when given more time, Giuliani will be able to fully explain his position.

"Because of the spinout from the first debate, we're going to say 'this is where we're at' and that's that," said the adviser, who added this will not be an "abortion speech" and Giuliani "is not going to be the abortion candidate."

Maybe Rudy's flip-flopping and equivocation on abortion are just oscillations before he reaches a steady-state he thinks the fundies will swallow. One thing's for sure though. That anonymous adviser just coined Rudy's campaign slogan, "Rudy Giuliani: The Abortion Candidate."