Giuliani took a hit at the Republican Primary Debates over issues like abortion. He appeared lost, unsure of himself. But, that is likely to change. Giuliani has a strong history of supporting the right to choose, and he aims to be up front about it.
Mr. Giuliani hinted at what aides said would be his uncompromising position on abortion rights yesterday in Huntsville, Ala., where he was besieged with questions about abortion and his donations to Planned Parenthood. “Ultimately, there has to be a right to choose,” he said.
Asked if Republicans would accept that, he said, “I guess we are going to find out.”
Mr. Giuliani acknowledged that his stance on abortion alone might disqualify him with some voters, but he said, “I am at peace with that.”
His stance on abortion may put him at odds with the far right wing of his party, but it puts him squarely in the middle with the rest of the country. Any candidate who is hoping to win a general election has to be careful not to pander too much to their base, even if that is what is necessary to win the primary. Giuliani may be coming to terms with that.