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. Debbie, Tucson, Arizona

    Mr. Roberson, I am disappointed with your decision to support someone who refuses to protect the unborn child. Shame on you!

    November 7, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. timmy dallas TX

    These guys have Huckabee, who represents the views they supposedly espouse, but they prefer to back someone who they think will win.

    This shows that Robertson and his crowd are much more interested in power than values. Since the whole reason for their public personas is supposedly based on principles and values, this rather undercuts any reason to listen to them, doesn't it?

    I am, as a Christian, so glad to see the influence of Robertson and his kind diminishing. They are an embarrassment with their power and influence grubbing. IMO, they cannot leave public discourse too soon.

    Can anyone say "Jack Abramoff?" Or "Ralph Reed?" Where were their apologies for misleading their followers who fund their pontificating? All they did was whine about how they were mistreated and misunderstood, just like Hillary after her last debate. And frankly, there is very little to differentiate Robertson from Hillary, especially now that she's endorsed her Republican clone.

    November 7, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. mj vonshrum

    So, it's not about morals and family values after all. Just what is it about anyway? I am so disappointed in Pat Robertson that I won't watch him show anymore. Never again.

    November 7, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |

    Well, This proves that Hillary is the Devil, once and for all.

    November 7, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. RightyTighty

    Giuliani over Hillary. The lesser of two evils..

    November 7, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. jay, Snellville, GA

    Shame on you Pat.

    November 7, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Steve, Landing, NJ

    Good, hopefully being associated with this nutjob will torpedo Giuliani's chances in the general election. Sad that most of the country doesn't realize what a prat he is.

    November 7, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Martin, Roanoke, VA

    This only shows that there is one person out there with even fewer principles than Rudy Giuliani - and that would be Pat Robertson. This also shows that for the rabid right, values really mean nothing. It's simply about power. No wonder the GOP is thick with the likes of Tom Foley, Larry Craig and Tom DeLay.

    November 7, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Santosh

    Whoa!! How'd that happen?

    But I still think Brownback's endorsement of McCain is bigger.

    November 7, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Harold Absher, Pleasant Garden, NC

    I did have some confidence in Pat Robertson, but now I don't know.

    November 7, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Mike Sullivan

    This is ridiculous. Pat Robertson does not speak for the Christian community. If he did, he would not be endorsing any of the current candidates.

    November 7, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Steven, Lake Forest, IL

    Giuliani is great for Conservative Christian values, after all, he married his cousin and had an affair when he was married to his second wife.

    November 7, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    This should come as a surprise to no one. After all, birds of a feather flock together, and both are fundamentally dishonest, self-serving zealots and blowhards!

    November 7, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. David, Binghamton, NY

    Is this a shock? The Republicans are continuing to prove that they are not the party of morals, but the party filled with opportunists and wavering convictions under the name of their God.

    November 7, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. P. Sherman, Ontario Canada

    We shared a plane ride and we are both cancer survivors-are these the standards now for picking the most important job in the country? Isn't this the same man who said the US deserved 9/11 and wasn't Rudy mayor then? Isn't this the man who keeps saying things he has to come out and apologize for the next day? So everything Robertson has always stood for is no longer important because of a plane ride and surviving cancer?

    November 7, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Mr. Robertson has morals?

    November 7, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Christian Democrat, Oklahoma

    This is proof that Republicans are only intersted in winning and that their claimed Christian morals are a lie! I am a Christian and I am a Democrat. I can't wait to hear how my "Conservative Christian" friends defend their nominee.

    November 7, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. s35wf orlando fl

    I cannot believe that someone with such strong christian views would endorse out of all the candidates Guiliani???

    The married 3x's, even to his own cousin, crossdresser. What is this world coming too???
    Vote for someone with some morals. Vote Dr. Ron Paul.

    November 7, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Beth,Newark,DE

    This guy supported war with Israel and Hezzborah...I don't trust him.. He can endorse politicians with whoever he want but will loose to Obama anyway!

    November 7, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Ben, San Diego, California

    So I guess abortion is not really that big of a deal for Mr. Robertson. What is happening to the party that stands for "life"? REAL Christians cannot vote for Rudy, so that pretty much sums up what kind of Christian Mr.Robertson is!

    November 7, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. william, moore, ok

    What a Joke. Is Pat Robertson even a Conservative anymore? Is he that easily corrupted that he would toss out his Own values just to support a media propped up candidate like Rudy Guiliani who is as Liberal a candidate there ever was. Needless to say, I take his endorsement with a grain of salt and couldn't care less. I'm for Ron Paul, the only True conservative Republican.

    November 7, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. CB, Charleston, SC

    I agree WB!!!! Let's keep our Christian leaders and pastors in prayer!

    November 7, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. truebob

    Heinrich Himmler endorses Hitler. These guys are anachronisms, and anybody who really knows Christ would run from them.

    November 7, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. B.H., Carlsbad, CA

    Thank goodness REVEREND Pat Robertson came out to endorse a spiritu-, I mean a political candidate. I had almost forgotten about him. He hasn't said much since his call to have Hugo Chavez assassinated.

    I don't remember reading about how Jesus endorsed any of the Pharisees, Sadducees, or Roman politicians.

    If politicians actually behaved like followers of Christ, like they say they do, they wouldn't need Pat Robertson to lead people to their party.

    November 7, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Jeremy, Portland OR

    Wow. And up to this point I thought Guiliani was running as a moderate candidate. But if you think about it, its makes sense: moderate voices from both sides have stopped winning primary elections a long time ago.

    November 7, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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