November 7th, 2007
10:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Pat Robertson endorses Giuliani

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

Filed under: Iowa • Rudy Giuliani • Same-sex marriage • South Carolina
soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. WB, Baton Rouge, La

    Mr Robertson you are compromising your morales and values as a christian for a so called friendship.

    November 7, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Chris Chicago, IL


    I don't know.


    November 7, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. James,Nashua,nh

    Who cares of a christian who is so much pro war....He can endorse who he want but will loose to Obama anyway!!!

    November 7, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. John, Columbus, Ohio

    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.

    November 7, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Lou Dobbs, Plano TX

    HAHAHA! The Chaucerian fraud Pat Robertson endorces pro-gay pro-choice pro-war Republican! Excellent! Dems will win for SURE now!

    November 7, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Ben Peek, Wichita Falls, TX

    Giuliani is a joke.

    November 7, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    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.

    November 7, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Norotye New Bern, NC

    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.

    November 7, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Bob M., Fairfax, Virginia

    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!

    November 7, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. spraynardkruger

    They are both nuts!

    November 7, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Mike, Panama City, FL

    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

    November 7, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Mike Again, New Orleans, Louisiana

    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.

    November 7, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. J.B. Rhode Island

    Why doesn't he list the reasoning behind his support. That would be interesting!

    November 7, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. JIM


    November 7, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Athens, GA

    It's amazing that the endorsement of a lunatic like Robertson can actually help someones campaign.

    November 7, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Rob, San diego CA

    Yet another reason NOT to vote for Rudolph.

    November 7, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Mike,Downers Grove,IL

    Dear Pat Robertson,

    Now that I have Jerry Fawell, you're next.


    November 7, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Shane, Mallorca, Spain

    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.

    November 7, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. TSEsparza

    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?"

    November 7, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Another reason not to vote for Guiliani!!!

    November 7, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Z, St. Louis

    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..

    November 7, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Dick Marti, Tifton, GA

    Who cares what Pat Robertson thinks? How is his opinion newsworthy?

    November 7, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Steve, Sumter SC

    I am surprised! I would have figured Mike Huckabee!

    November 7, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. providence, RI

    Rudy means 911.

    November 7, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Jaden, McAllen, TX

    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.

    November 7, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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