Rudy Giuliani won a major conservative endorsement Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Pat Robertson, the television evangelist and Christian Coalition leader, endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
“The Giuliani campaign hopes this endorsement will help with inroads among evangelical Christians,” says CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
It was Robertson’s 1988 presidential campaign that, while unsuccessful, cemented evangelical voters as a dominant force within the Republican Party.
Robertson has repeatedly praised Giuliani despite their major differences on social policy, such as abortion and gay marriage.
Both men say a friendship developed after a long conversation on a plane during a trip to Israel several years ago. Another thing both men have in common is that they are prostate cancer survivors.
Giuliani is the frontrunner in the national polls, but he trails in surveys in many of the early primary and caucus states, among them Iowa and South Carolina, where social conservative voters make up a major part of the Republican voting electorate.
Reacting to the Robertson endorsement, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of Giuliani's chief rivals for the Republican nomination, said "you can't get them all." Romney also touted his recent endorsements by conservative activist Paul Weyrich and Bob Jones III, president of the evangelical Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Related: Giuliani, McCain pick up key Christian conservative backing
– CNN's John King, Paul Steinhauser, and Peter Hamby
Mr Robertson you are compromising your morales and values as a christian for a so called friendship.
HEY! GUESS WHAT!
I don't know.
OH! NOW I REMEMBER...CAPITULATED INTO BIGDEBT! POOF!
Who cares of a christian who is so much pro war....He can endorse who he want but will loose to Obama anyway!!!
Pat Robertson is finally showing the true nature of his character. As a conservative televangelist he has been a driving force in transforming the Republican Party into the party for Christian Evangelicals and their values. Yet, when it comes down to winning an election, he is willing to endorse a candidate who is pro-choice on abortion and supports expanding civil rights for gays....yet is perceived as ellectable. Pat is willing to conveniently toss away his religious convictions for political expediency. It exposes both his political and theological hypocrisy.
HAHAHA! The Chaucerian fraud Pat Robertson endorces pro-gay pro-choice pro-war Republican! Excellent! Dems will win for SURE now!
Giuliani is a joke.
I wish I could be optimistic about this. The lead fanatic in the US. Robertsons's behavior is little better than the gumba islamic fanatics. Transplant him to Iran: translate his rhetoric, fanatical positions, outrageous predications–then how would he be perceived. I know he is a sincere man, and has done many good things, for thousands of people–but I find him a little scary and somewhat unstable as a public figure. My 2 cents.
All we can say is wow! this proves that Pat and my rep party are not as moral as they claim to be! I would never endorse a guy who had been married 3 times to be the leader of my country and the example to my kids and grand kids.
This is great news. The most important issue facing this country is national security. All other issues, including social issues where conservatives typically part ways with Giuliani, are meaningless if we don't protect first and foremost the security of our homeland. Pat Robertson obviously recognizes this fact, and his endorsement will go a long way to getting conservatives to join moderates and independents to support Giuliani and defeat the disastrous policies and positions espoused by the other side of the isle. Way to go, Pat, and on to the White House, Rudy!
They are both nuts!
To me this doesn't mean anything then Pat robertson just wanting to vote republican and choosing the leading man Rudy Guilliani . They already told everybody they want to go with the winner and not the loser .
Guilliani's liberal views already pissed a bunch of people of , This will hardly make a difference
He might win the nomination to go as far as to win the white house , not a chance
Isn't Pat Robertson the man who urged his followers to pray that a certain Supreme Court Justice would be stricken with cancer? It is only fitting that one hypocrite endorses another.
Why doesn't he list the reasoning behind his support. That would be interesting!
LET'S SEE,TWO FAILED MARRIAGES,CAUGHT CHEATING ON HIS WIFE,AN THIS GUY GET'S AN ENDORSEMENT FROM PAT ROBINSON,WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL.THIS MAN IS NOT WHAT THE REPUBICAN'S ARE ALL ABOUT.HE PARADES WITH GAY RIGHT GROUPS AN IS FOR ABORTION.WHAT WILL ROBINSON GET OUT OF THIS DEAL?
It's amazing that the endorsement of a lunatic like Robertson can actually help someones campaign.
Yet another reason NOT to vote for Rudolph.
Dear Pat Robertson,
Now that I have Jerry Fawell, you're next.
A match made in heaven! Why...given all of Rudy's utterly crazed neocon war monger 'advisors'...the demented Pat Robertson must logically believe that the answer to his hopes and prayers concerning Armageddon are effectively embodied by his 'chosen'candidate! When he's not in drag of course...God help us all.
Mr. Robertson – You need to READ the BIBLE – what ever happened to "christian moral values...?" Read the Paul letters -The Ten Commandments? adultery, thou shall not kill? abortion, and on and on...something like we know the "tree by its fruits?"
Another reason not to vote for Guiliani!!!
Well there is a good reason not to vote for Rudy..Anything Robertson likes has to be utterly corrupt and sleazy. I wouldnt want an
endorsement from anyone that deals in war diamonds,props up murderous African dictators and personally profits from all of it. Robertson is
a crackpot and really should be in
jail,not on T.V. shilling energy drinks,spouting biblical nonsense
and definately not endorsing
political candidates as the head of
non-profit religious institutions.
I hope Senator Grassley sees this
story and starts investigating this
this televangelist con artist too..
Who cares what Pat Robertson thinks? How is his opinion newsworthy?
I am surprised! I would have figured Mike Huckabee!
Rudy means 911.
Are you kidding me? How can a Christian leader endorse a candidate whose social policy is the complete opposite of Christ's teachings? My opinion of Robertson just fell enormously.