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. Betrayed, Confused, Amused

    Looks like Pat Robertson's 700 Club is down to $6.66.

    November 7, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Paul Va Beach

    Robertson's endorsement of Giuliani is no mystery. The belief Robertson holds to most steadfastly is the Second Coming of Christ. He is endorsing a reactionary, Islamophobic megalomaniac, the candidate he feels is most likely to hasten Armageddon.

    November 7, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Scott, Madison, WI

    I'm just pinching my backside in anticipation of Rudy's first "Come to Jesus" speech on campaign trail!

    November 7, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. LLOYD BRISTOL TN

    ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE SLOGAN OF THE AMERICAN NAZI PARTY OF THE 1920'S AND 1930'S WAS?....."VALUES"...WOW

    November 7, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Christian group

    Giuliani, No comment enough said, this is as far as he goes.
    God told me to vote for Ron Paul I cannot go against what the good lord has said.
    Vote RON PAUL 2008
    And God will Bless us all

    November 7, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Marilyn Ha, Camarillo, CA

    I am very disappoined by Pat Robertson's endorcement!

    Mike Huckabee!
    Mike Huckabee!
    Mike Huckabee!

    I prefer Mike Huckabee to every candidate we've had in the last 30 years, including Ronald Reagan. He's incredibly wise!
    Like a modern day King Solomon. He sees to the heart of a matter, and make is so clear and simple. A very uncomplicated, honest, sincere hearted man. He is the man to heal the wounds of our contry, and get us working together, and out of the deep political messes we are in.

    He personnifies Common Sense,
    something we lost long ago and is SO UNCOMMON nowadays! Go on the internet and check him out.

    Mike Huckabee!
    Mike Huckabee!
    Mike Huckabee!

    November 7, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. christian, selden, ny

    Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    great post

    November 7, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    The only people left in the republican party are irrational and paranoid. The lunatic fringe.

    November 7, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. christian, selden, ny

    Doug, New Jersey

    hahahahaha thats funny...the best part about that post was the end "we all know bush was a bad president but...." but what!?!??! the evil democrats are going to try and trick us into what exactly? i mean what did the republicans do in the last 7 years that we have to be happy about? how can you look at anything bush did as acceptable enough not to switch parties!?!? hahaha a bad president? that is the biggest understatement i have ever heard. bush was the worst president in US history period. him and his republicans took the lead and they failed miserably and not only did they fail but they did it on purpose!!! they do these horrible things because they know that there is a big part of america that believes everything they are fed....that no matter how hypocritical no matter how much they ruin our country they know that a CONSUMER SOCIETY is an easily led society. and with a couple of lights and whistles they can keep the mob entertained. you are putting down the democrats but they have not even BEEN in power for the past 7 years and if you think i country is in good shape you must be watching fox news on a regular basis. its so funny that fox news acts like they are the truth and EVERY SINGLE other publication and new programs are just lying!!! lol and people believe it. like every piece of news is under control of the EVIL democrats EXCEPT fox. even though fox supports the most corrupted administration in a century. just look at the bills bush passes for christs sake!!!! look at our health care our economy our debt!!!!! when bill clinton was the president we were actually doing pretty good! and the repubs paid MILLIONS on a case of oral sex. if there is any party that is determined to gain power why dont you take a look at the party that is SPENDING THE MOST OF OUR MONEY!!!!

    November 7, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Richard – West Palm Beach, FL

    You wrote, "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?"

    Richard, your explanation is flawed. You suggest we should "pay our bills" of wild expenditures. What you FAIL to realize.... Hillary isn't looking to tax us more to pay down the debt (once we finish in Afghanistan/Iraq) excess revenues will go to retiring the debt automatically. What HILLARY & Co want to do is create MORE spending on new social programs: Baby Bonds, SCHIP to $83k, Universal Healthcare, Amnesty for Illegals, etc.

    Hillary thinks the American Taxpayer is an open check-book for her pet projects.

    No thank you.

    November 7, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Heather, Scotch Plains, NJ

    Thank You Richard from West Palm Beach, FL!!! You hit the nail on the head! I am tired of all the hypocrisy. America screams bloody murder over Bill Clinton and his sexual escapades but not a word about Giuliani's background. But as long as Pat Robertson likes him...That's all that matters.

    November 7, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. christian, selden, ny

    how can rudy giuliani stand next to a man that said the reason hijackers slammed planes into HIS NY buildings it was punishment from god!!!! how can he even rationalize this??? besides the fact that he is getting crazy christian votes??? this is nuts. this man says is what a punishment from god so that would mean the terrorists were doing gods work. and the terrorists worship ALLAH so i gues what pat robertson is trying to say is not only the terrorist right for what they did but ALLah is the one and true god.....how mr robertsons followers not pick up on that??? there must not be any rational thought in these peoples heads.....

    November 7, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Richard Orlando, FL

    Are we missing something here?? It is sad what people will do to choose political power over the very “morals" they try to portray to others, creating more exasperating examples of conservative hypocrisy. I cannot see how this illogical maneuver will sway real evangelicals from voting their true conscience, which is not for Giuliani.

    November 7, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Don't vote for hate

    Well, Rudy, you just lost the whatever moderate republicans and conservative-leaning independents you had behind you.

    November 7, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. Charles in Salt Lake City

    This is refreshing, and a wise choice for Robertson to make. Giuliani's positions are not extreme or unreasonable to most people once they are understood, but too many single-issue people seem hoping for something that either can't or shouldn't happen the way they expect it to, making them willing to endorse people they wouldn't otherwise if they were to give it more thought.

    Mitt Romney might be a nice enough guy personally, and even be on the side of some of the issues that appeal to such folks - but far too many informed people are going to shy away from him come voting day due to his Mormon affiliation, largely because of the stigma the LDS church carries from its history of racism.

    November 7, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  16. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Well this certainly puts a new spin on Christianity through out America!

    I thought for one to profess himself a Christian one would have to aspire to living life in the Model of Christ.

    Where I come from that would reflect living one's life by upholding Christian values ie; truth in all things, Christian morals, and ethics.

    I guess the term Christian takes on whatever Characteristics politicians see as fit in Political Campaigns.

    November 8, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. christian, selden, ny

    Richard Orlando, FL

    evangelicals dont have a conscience. and the trick is the fact that if pat robertsons followers believe the garbage that comes out of his mouth then they are probably dumb enough to vote for whoever he wents them to vote for as well. look this guy pat robertson up on wikepedia this cuy should be in a looney bin for real!!!

    November 8, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Veronica Bloom, Jacksonville, FL

    I feel sorry for conservatives.

    November 8, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Chris, Pensacola FL

    That's good stuff Richard. I agree with your statements.

    I wish I could be a liberal. I would have been a great democrat voter if the party was the same as the 1960s. I liked their values back then. I know they don't have many values now (or the groups they attract harm their image). I'm not a conservative anymore either in the way it's defined by Republicans. So I guess I'm a commy I don't know. Where do the voters fit in that value social service and God?

    November 8, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Brian from ny

    Now im just waiting to see who will get Ted Haggard's endorsement. That guy will get my vote.

    November 8, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Mike USMC 95-99

    As if I needed another reason not to vote for Guilliani

    Thanks for helping my decision Pat...

    Now get back to supporting your buddy Charles Taylor over in Sierra Leonne...

    November 8, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Doug, New Jersey

    Thanks for the compliment.

    I respectfully responded to a person who responded to one of my posts but CNN censored it. Hey, the only way you can have a lib win the debate, funny.

    November 8, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Darrel Lone Rock Iowa

    Pat fell out of bed
    and hit his head!
    Done some major damage to!!
    he sure won't be the same

    November 8, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Kent Sterling, Las vegas, NV

    This just proves what all of the polls are saying. The most important issue our nation faces is national security. When somone like Pat Robertson puts aside his strong feelings on other issues to indorse Rudy, then that just goes to show how strongly the American people feel about it. Come election day, America will do the same.

    November 9, 2007 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  25. BLAINE SMITH

    Pat committed the unthinkable act of aiding in the murder of millions of babies. He is obvious that he is not a Christian. It's a dispicable act of cowardess and shows where the man's heart truly is. The sanctity of innocent life takes precedence over all other issues in life. I will never support him and i will tell everyone that he does not represent us as Christians. Consider this my sincere and stern admonishment of his irresponsible act of supporting of a baby killer, homosexual life style supporter like the candidate for the presidency he supports.

    November 11, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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