Giuliani: Fear Not, Conservatives

GOP front-runner promotes shared values on Iraq and judges, admits to differences
By Emily Roysdon,  Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2007 4:06 PM CDT
Rudy Giuliani's front-runner status in the crowded GOP 2008 field has dismayed some social conservative leaders. Some even have contemplated mounting a third-party candidacy if Giuliani is the Republican...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Conservatives at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, DC, gave Giuliani polite applause today as he admitted his moderate-to-liberal views on abortion and other issues, the AP reports. He stressed shared stands on Iraq, school choice and conservative judges, but kept mum about gay marriage. "We may not always agree," he said. "I don't always agree with myself. But I will give you reason to trust me."

Some at the summit said they may vote for Giuliani next November, after picking more conservative hopefuls at the primaries. By contrast, they gave Mike Huckabee a standing ovation when he said, "We need to move cultural norms to meet God's standards." One activist at the summit snubbed the idea of a third-party run for candidates like Huckabee, calling it "political suicide."