November 7th, 2007
10:30 AM ET
7 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. Ed Muligan, Springfield, VA

    As long as crackpots like Robertson are relevant to many voters, this country will not move forward. Reason, not Talibanic religious dictates, must govern our society.

    November 7, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. DJ

    Henry Tucker, calls "Bill Clinton a sexual predator."

    Hey Henry, he's not a "predator," and he at least prefers women, in contrast to a large chunk of the Republican congress. Bill and Hillary are still married, unlike Rudy who changes wives as often as his shorts. What will Rudy do with America when he finds a new love? I suppose you feel fickled leaders and closet homosexual lawmakers are preferable. What a moron.

    November 7, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. DefendTheConstitution

    How can ANY Christian support ANY candidate that supports an unjustified war that has killed 650,000+ Iraqis and almost 4000 US soldiers PLUS a candidate that favors EXPANDED war with Iran that will kill countless more innocent people? This is a war for oil it's not protecting America. If anything it's inciting more hatred toward America and not just from "Islamic Extremists" but the whole world. This is absolutely disgusting and all Christians who supposedly love the Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ should be sick to their stomachs right now.

    November 7, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Jun, Los Angeles, CA

    Barf!

    November 7, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Pat Robertson, who says he can steer hurricanes and leg lift 650 pounds MORE than our top athletes, is now supporting the biblical equivalent of Bill Clinton when it comes to sexual morality. There are numerous statements in the Bible similar to – Matthew 10:11 which says “And He said to them whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her".

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the Republican Party. More than any other candidate, he symbolizes the incredible sexual morals hypocrisy of his party.

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    “Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."
    – George W. Bush,President 09/06/04

    November 7, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Doug, New Jersey

    This is a time for all good Americans to come together and save our nation from the evil that is today's liberal Democrats.

    Everyone who values free speech, freedom of religion, and a America where each and every citizen controls their own destiny needs to come together to defend the America we know and love.

    Liberal democrats are going to try to take away our rights, freedom, and our money. It is time for good to come together to defeat evil.

    Please take the time to read the comments on this board and all over the net from liberal Democrats to see them for who they truly are. If an ounce of goodness or decency is in your heart, you will see the threat they are and want to make sure that such hateful, angry, partisan, and deceitful people don't get the power needed to execute their plans. We all know Bush has been a bad President, don’t let that fact lead you into supporting the people who want to make this county a Karl Marx dreamland. Thank you.

    November 7, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Jun, Los Angeles, CA

    This is the guy who agreed with evangelical activist Jerry Falwell that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were caused by "pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, the American Civil Liberties Union and the People For the American Way." Then after public outcry regarding the dialog, which was conducted via television monitor and took place only days after the attacks, Robertson claimed that his earpiece was malfunctioning, and that he was unaware of what he was agreeing with at the time.

    Whatever, Pat!

    Rudy, give back this endorsement! Both of you do not share the same values! Where is the integrity? What a shame...

    November 7, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Walt, Belton, TX

    Is that as good as a Brownback?

    November 7, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. MikeknaJ, Orange County CA

    Speaking as a life-long "religious" (though I hate that term), evangelical, conservative man, I can say this about Pat Robertson and his endorsement:

    It means absolutely nothing to me. Pat Robertson and his comments have no relevance to me or my faith, whether he's endorsing a president, or claiming he has a word from God about Hugo Chavez, etc. He is no more a leader to me than the grocer down the street at the supermarket. I have much more respect for men like Rick Warren and Billy Graham, who stand up for truth but also show grace in their actions and words.

    November 7, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. christian, selden, ny

    joseph, austin, tx

    you know what the difference between the dems and the repubs is the fact that, yea, dems dont mind the views of code pink and move on because they are just MAD WITH THE current administration of corruption in the white house to be honest MORE people should be ENRAGED!!!! and the repubs are just for big business and fake religious politics real and TRUE and BLANTANT corruption using the religious right for votes because they know they are the most impressionable people in the country!!!! and the american people dont approve the senate because the war is still going on and the problem is the american people dont REEARCH anything. that fact that the dems still dont have enough votes capable of stopping the war. so now george ush is trying to move the blame of this war from himself onto congress. congress is just behind the money and they have of choice of cutting off supplies for troops in battle. and bush is definetely asking for more then what they need but hes not going to change his bid and the dems are stuck in a checkmate move.....its so crazy that the american people will look at moveon.org and codepink as a worse threat then big corporations and religious fanatics. america is lost and i truly hope it finds its way. someone in this blog said "lets give giuliani a try and if he messes up he wont have another term." see that is the problem we dont realize the impact of a presidency because it is not DIRECTLY effecting us this very second. like its ok to give a bad president 4 years because we can just change him after.....god save america PLEASE!!!! poor people voting for big business and they dont even know it!!! the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didnt exist!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. christian, selden, ny

    Wayne, Greenville TX

    GREAT POST WAYNE!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Ed Muligan, Springfield, VA

    Doug from NJ, I hope you are being facetious. Otherwise, your post is the stupidest thing yet to appear here.

    November 7, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Ed Muligan, Springfield, VA

    Doug from NJ, were you being facetious or do you just have a single-digit IQ?

    November 7, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    Pat is thinking whoever can beat Hillary, I'm choosing that guy. Rudy is "that" guy, so why not choose him. Actually, he's trying to bring the religious conservatives together in order to beat Queen Hillary.

    WatchingHillary.com

    November 7, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Jenette, Peoria, IL

    After reading all of this garbage, you prophetic wanna-be's and those who chose to stand in judgement of others, since apparently God went to lunch and left you all in charge, I just want to know how many of you have truly sought the face of God in this election; has he told you who to vote for or are you just going to vote according to what looks 'good'.
    Did it not even occur to any of you that Almighty God who is in control of ALL things is also going to be in control of who is placed in the White House next year? Do you not believe that God himself can change the hearts and minds of men for the good? How do you know that Pat Robertson has or has not heard from the Lord. I believe in the sovereignty of my God and trust that if I do my part (prayer & fasting)
    He will hear and respond. Meanwhile I believe that as a nation we need to pull together and stop this absolutely childish game of judging situations and individuals. If you are who you want the world to think you are then start by growing up and acting like the "Bride of Christ". Remember, if it were not for the blood of Jesus, there would be no hope for any of us.

    November 7, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Ed, Springfield, VA

    Jenett from Peoria, please spare us your fantasy world. The election will not be decided by mythological deities.

    November 7, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. FreedomLover, Ft. Wainwright, AK

    This is a time for all good Americans to come together and save our nation from the evil that is today's liberal Democrats.

    Everyone who values free speech, freedom of religion, and a America where each and every citizen controls their own destiny needs to come together to defend the America we know and love.

    Liberal democrats are going to try to take away our rights, freedom, and our money. It is time for good to come together to defeat evil.

    Please take the time to read the comments on this board and all over the net from liberal Democrats to see them for who they truly are. If an ounce of goodness or decency is in your heart, you will see the threat they are and want to make sure that such hateful, angry, partisan, and deceitful people don't get the power needed to execute their plans. We all know Bush has been a bad President, don’t let that fact lead you into supporting the people who want to make this county a Karl Marx dreamland. Thank you.

    Posted By Doug, New Jersey : November 7, 2007 4:20 pm

    _______________________________________

    Doug,

    Your sermon was full of the standard Repub talk....FEAR. George Bush and his Repub allies have done more to deminish our freedonm of speech and freedom of religion and our moral standing in the world than any administration in the history of this country. For example, the Patriot Act, using FISA to spy on innocent Americans, Guantanamo Bay, water boarding (torture). NEED I SAY MORE???

    November 7, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. christian, selden, ny

    Jenette, Peoria, IL

    look who is talking about childish games.....do you really believ god has ANYTHING to do with who is in office? because if he CHOSE george bush he is definetely not THAT divine!!!! and what about richard nixon? or SADDAM HUSSEIN?? or did the devil do that? how do you decide what the devil did and what god did? in other peoples eyes our government is evil in our eyes they are evil how can you judge that we are on the side of right, that god is deciding who rules our country but pretty much doesnt care about the "brown" countries? i guess he just doesnt love the middle east and africa as much as america huh? i TRULY believe if god cared that i fasted or prayed he might also answer the countless people in africa that HAVE to fast because they are starving and STILL pray for a better life. but i guess we are better then them huh? its obvious because we have more money right? god is not making our decisions god is not involved in politics in any way and anyone who thinks different is only putting this country is a worse and worse position every year. we just had THE MOST religious aministration in the history of the US and it was a miserable failure. no matter what people that dont want to admit they were wrong think......look at the stats look at the facts and remember there are HUMAN BEINGS involved in these wars. "insurgents" arent the only ones that are dying and im sure plenty of "insurgents" arent even "insurgents" dont act like we are the good guys just because we have more money it is foolish

    November 7, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Jenette,

    God did tell my heart whom to support. I searched and searched (both online and inside myself). God wants me to support Ron Paul.

    You're right about asking God whom to vote for. You'll get a strong feeling inside for whom is the righteous.

    November 7, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. deborah new orleans, louisians

    these so call christian that talk about gay poeple is the devil, the right to live here their top christian leader endorse the devil,
    what a world,

    November 7, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Doug, New Jersey:

    I applaud you for your honesty about Bush and respect your sincerity. Republicans and Democrats are not as far apart as you may think. Democrats especially value free speech and that is why they are so angry every time Bush fires or defames anyone who opposes his administration. It doesn't matter if they are career people like Richard Clarke or Joe Wilson or military heroes like John Kerry, John Murtha, or Max Cleland. The Bush administration has no qualms about trashing anyone who criticizes them.

    Liberals support freedom of religion, but that means FREEDOM for whatever religious system you have. It means TRUE freedom where no one tells them what they have to believe. NO DEMOCRAT EVER says you shouldn't have the right to practice your particular religion in your homes, places of worship, or private lives anyway you want. If they show that respect for your convictions, why can't you show that same respect for those who are every bit as convinced that their different views of religion and life are right? Why must you impose your brand of religion in public places? Whatever became of the Golden Rule? If your brand of religion is so fragile that it collapses because a 10-second prayer is omitted at school each day, then you need to look at yourselves and your religious leaders and start pointing fingers for the abysmal failures.

    Democrats have grave concerns about freedom and Bush's abuses of our Constitution. It was created to clearly have checks and balances and Bush has consistently refused any efforts to check up on what he is doing. He steadfastly refuses to let any of his people put their hands on the Bible he supports and swear to tell the truth.

    Democrats are not trying to "take away" YOUR money. They are telling you that you need to pay YOUR BILLS for the wild expenditures of Bush. Can you comprehend the impact caused by Bush increasing our national debt by FIFTY PERCENT from $6 trillion to $9 trillion? Don't you think you should have to pay for what it has bought YOU so far (good or bad)? Do you find it MORAL in any way to avoid this debt and pass it on to future generations? Is your value system such that you agree with Bush that the Clintons, Kennedys, Kerrys, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates are paying too much in taxes and you and the poor should pay more to make up the difference?

    Liberals are fed up with a president who won't listen to them and frequently brags about "not paying any attention to polls". That is why we don't have expanded health care for children although 75% of the PEOPLE support it.

    Finally, Democrats are angry about the monumental sexual hypocrisy they hear. Republicans came in being indignant about Bill Clinton's affair and promised that their "family values" were much better than the Democrats. Instead we got Mark Foley, Newt Gingrich, David Vitter, Henry Hyde, Bob Allen, "Duke" Cunningham, Rudy Giuliani, Richard Curtis, Larry Craig, etc.

    There are many problems with both parties, but there is no reason for paranoia about Democrats trying to take away our right, freedom and our money like Bush has done.

    November 7, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. William Cook

    WATCH OUT GUYS!!!

    PAT ROBERTSON'S SECRECT IS GRADUALLY REVEALED.
    SINCE THE TIME HE DEPARTED SOUTHERN BAPTIST, THAT WAS THE FIRST MOVE THAT HE CANNOT REALLY STAND THE SPIRITUAL AND GODLY BELIEFS OF THE SBs.

    ANOTHER ONE, HE HAS BEEN KNOWN AS ONE OF THE MASONRY THAT ONE DAY WILL TURN OUT AS ANTI-CHRIST.

    THIRD, THIS DISGUSTING SUPPORT TO PRO-ABORTION, GAY MARRIAGE CANDIDATE.

    WATCH OUT!! WATCH OUT!!!

    THE DEVIL COULD NO LONGER RESIST BY JUST DESGUISING, HE REALLY WANT TO GET OUT FROM HIS BOX SINCE GOD IS NOW TRYING TO PUT A GODLY MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    OUR BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD.

    November 7, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. William Cook

    It is just a frienship commitment guys. These two guys are both members of Mason. That someday will turn out as anti-christ.

    November 7, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. PollM, Dallas Tx

    In your opinion will ultra conservative Christian Right Pat Robertson's surprise endorsement of Rudy Giuliani help or hurt?
    -–> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=905

    November 7, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Bob, Seattle

    Pat also secretly endorses Huckabee for VP. Go Republicans. 16 more years.

    November 7, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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