Brownback met with Giuliani Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, said Thursday he is "much more comfortable" with Rudy Giuliani's position on abortion after discussing the issue with the former New York City mayor earlier in the day.
"I understand the mayor’s position," Brownback said after meeting with the Republican presidential frontrunner. “Whether it’s funding [or] appointments on the court, I’m much more comfortable with that.”
Brownback even said “pro-choice” might be the wrong label for Giuliani’s position on the issue. “I don’t know," said the Kansas senator, "if he’d describe himself as a pro-choice mayor or a pro-choice candidate.”
“I oppose abortion,” Giuliani told reporters staked out in front of Brownback’s Senate office following the meeting. “I’d like to see a society in which there’s not abortion. I think you have to get there by changing people’s hearts and minds. I’m not in favor of changing the law and the right that presently exists.”
Both men said they support appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Sam Alito.
“Frankly,” Giuliani said, “I think if there’s a Republican president, we’re going to be looking at the same group of five to ten possibilities…. and the real determination will be who we can get through.”
“I think that’s a very, very different future for this country than Hillary Clinton, who would appoint judges who I think would be liberal activists' judges,” Giuliani added.
Brownback, who abandoned his own presidential bid last week, has yet to endorse a candidate for president.
- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett