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. roger, conway sc

    This confirms my personal feelings that the religious right will support/vote for anyone willing & crooked enough to spit out their extremest views. Regardless of the candidates morale values. EXAMPLES Senator Craig & Vitter...if they were DEMS the right wingers would be demanding that they resign...GOP=HYPOCRITES

    November 7, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Greg

    who does this hurt I would guess Fred thompson and Mitt?

    November 7, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. mercysmama

    I am incredibly disappointed in Pat Robertson's decision to endorse Giuliani. Robertson seems more concerned with a GOP-er defeating the Dems than he is with supporting a GOP candidate whose stances on ALL issues are unapologetically biblical, like Mike Huckabee. The only good I see coming out of this is causing Christ-followers to realize that God does not have a political affiliation and start doing the research to make their own informed decision. Robertson is NOT the mouthpiece of God.

    November 7, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Bryan Barkman, St. Louis, MO

    Not for a friendship, I think, but for the reality that Guiliani is likely the only republican candidate who would stand a chance in the general election.

    November 7, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Ken, Missouri

    The last thing that Pat has is morals. He has not been a Christian for a long time. He is simply a politcal tool that would sell his mother for power....hence, his support for Rudy. Rudy is for ALMOST EVERYTHING that Pat says he is for. Once again, Pat shows his "true" colors. He believes Kristians is spelled with a "K". Shame on him!

    November 7, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. WJ, Laytonville, CA

    Shame on you Mr. Robertson! How can one say he is a Christian and endorse a man running for President of the United States that has the opposite values pertaining to life and morals?

    November 7, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Terry, El Paso, TX

    The best Christians are in the pews. Christian leadership, especially the evangelical leadership, is shot through with incompetence, corruption, and delusion. Evangelicals are eager to believe someone who says that God talks to him. Many evangelical ministers hear voices, I believe, but not from God. Just from their own minds, telling them what they thing God would probably say. All religions have people who say they hear the gods or God, not just Christianity.

    Robertson smiles a lot, but the things he says are not nice and they are not funny. A few examples of Mr. Robertson's statements follow:

    "The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians."

    "How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age worshipers of Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy money changers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals are on top?"

    "There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore."

    "They say vouchers would spell
    the end of public schools in America. To which we say 'So what?'
    For all we've been getting for our tax dollars out of the public
    schools, they should have disappeared years ago."

    ""You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don't have to be nice to them."

    Mr. Robertson would be dangerous if he were competent.

    November 7, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Joe Vanderbosch, Appleton, WI

    Ha!!! I love it, this just shows how pathetic the Republican party and the religious right have become.

    November 7, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Paul Thompson

    Pat's kooky....I truly don't believe that he's much of a Christian.

    November 7, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. RMRN.Y.

    Look at the face on him – he looks like
    a crazed chipmunk about to bite someone.
    Drunk with power...

    November 7, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Kendrick, Hamilton, New Jersey

    LOL!!! You just lost all your credibility Pat Robertson. Apparently, you sold out to the special interests that fund you and Washington. You are toast buddy!

    November 7, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. bret, atl, ga

    Pat Robertson sells soul to devil, endorses Fascist hatemongering "liberal conservative." A sad day for Robertson and his family, indeed.

    November 7, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. charlie c, houston texas

    I'm shocked and disappointed as a christian and as someone who has actually watched Robertson's 700 club. Robertson has lost credibility to me. I will continue to follow the word of God but not the word of "a man of God." Such a man is still a man and corruptible.

    November 7, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. SC, Arvada Colorado

    Robertson's endorsement of Giuliani exposes these so called Christians for what they are, power hungry hypocrites. They have obviously been seduced by the prospect of power, money and influence. The two cornerstones of the Conservative Christian political agenda, anti-abortion rights and anti-Gay marriage have been sold out to the highest bidder. Robertson must be drunk with the prospect of coming back into the limelight.

    November 7, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. J.S. New Orleans, LA

    Who would've known?

    Hillary Clinton has accomplished something amazing- she has united a right-wing christian zealot and the pro-choice pro-gay NY mayor.

    ..and she's uniting every other faction of the Republican party.

    In 2004, the GOP screamed "gay marriage" as a tool for victory.

    Now all they need to say is "Hillary Clinton."

    November 7, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Bob

    I do not agree with Robertson's social positions, but even I can see that he's selling out here. Further evidence that politicos will ride with the perceived front runner no matter what. Where is individual character? Only Ron Paul seems to consistently stick to his stated positions.

    November 7, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. anne k.

    So, let me see, the reason why religious conservatives hate President Clinton is that he was a womanizing unfaithful husband? Ummmmm.So, Pat Robertson endorses "what kind of man" for president. Go figger!

    November 7, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    I don't know which one has been shortchanged by this alliance. Rudy is a bad bet for America's integrity. (What little we have left)
    Robertson's claims, or reputation among the gullible, of morality are baseless. Thinking people want self determination. Not life as dictated by Christians who are anything but Christ like.
    I'm beginning to think that Ron Paul will have my support. In spite of the unlikely prospect that he will succeed. At least he espouses common sense and fairness with every individual citizens in mind.

    November 7, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Anonymous

    I would say it's the other way around.

    November 7, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Stephen, Charlottesville, VA

    So is he backing Giuliani because...

    A) He wants to back the candidate he thinks is going to win.


    B) A crusade against Muslims has topped abortion and gay marriage as the top issue and he thinks Giuliani is most likely to invade Muslim countries.


    C) He's actually such a sleazeball that he would totally compromise his insane principles just to back a friend.

    November 7, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Flagship, Hartford, CT

    Good for Rudy Giuliani.
    This backing should help him alot.
    Good for Robertson, the Cristian Coalition will appear less of a cult.
    Roberts can sense a winning race horse when he sees one.

    November 7, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Anonymous

    When did he get morals and values? he's in it for the money that the sheeple give him.

    November 7, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Cheryl

    An endorsement from Robertson is like the kiss of death.

    I would be running from this "endorsement".

    November 7, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. vez, Houston, TX

    the endorsement is a clear conflict with this man's moral standing. it represents the confusing pathway the Republicans are walking that will lead to the victory of Hillary or Obama. Yay!

    November 7, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Shannon, Atlanta, GA

    Wow! I must say that this comes as a really big surprise!

    November 7, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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