Televangelist Robertson shocks conservatives, endorses Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani scored a surprising victory on Wednesday when conservative televagelist Pat Robertson endorsed the former New York City Mayor.
"It is my pleasure to announce my support for America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans," Robertson said during a news conference with Giuliani in Washington.
Giuliani and Robertson, the man who founded the Christian Coalition, don't see eye-to-eye on some traditional republican issues such as abortion and gay rights. Rudy has been trying very hard to get Pat and other evangelical conservatives to look past those differences. I guess it worked in this case.
Evangelicals have split in their support for the leading Republican candidates. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, a favorite of Christian conservatives who dropped out of the race last month, endorsed fellow Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently announced that Paul Weyrich and Bob Jones III were on board with his candidacy.
When asked about the Robertson endorsement, McCain, at a news conference with Brownback in Dubuque, Iowa, McCain replied, "Every once in a while, I'm left speechless. This is one of those times."
The other twist is that Giuliani's number one crudential in the presidential race is being the New York City mayor after 9/11. Robertson released as statement saying the attacks occcured because Americans had insulted God and lost the protection of heaven by allowing abortion and "rampant Internet pornography."
Robertson, who unsuccessfully ran for President in 1988, didn't mention his differences with Giuliani at the time of his announcement.