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. Alan, San Angelo Texas

    A long plane ride to Israel? Maybe Rudy can get Pat back in on the Christian development next to the Sea of Galilee. That is, if praying with Israeli PM Ehud Olmert last summer while Lebanese Christians were under attack didn't do the trick.

    November 7, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. P. Harvey, Kansas

    I can't believe what I'm seeing and hearing. Rev. Robertson endorsing a pro-abortionist.

    God save us, next Rev. Dobson will endorse the cultist Romney and all we have worked for will have been undone.

    November 7, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. the Devil

    Dear Pat Robertson,
    Now that I have Jerry Falwell, you are next.

    November 7, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. VL North Carolina

    To sell your soul for a win....that is what is wrong with Social integrity at all

    November 7, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. prophet Stan


    November 7, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    Bret, did Pat Robertson even have a soul to begin with?

    November 7, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    Giuliani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and Pat Robertson is the leader of the self-righteous indignant hypocrite reactionaries. The two of them know darn well that although Giuliani says that he is pro-choice, if given the opportunity to appoint Supreme Court Justices he will pick reactionaries who will reverse Roe v. Wade. Pat Robertson is not a man of God. Pat Robertson is a plain hater and a charlatan and he sees Giuliani’s election as killing two birds with one stone. Giuliani can put on a pro-choice mask, but he is not pro-choice. Why would a religious fanatic even get involved with politics if his underlying intentions were not disingenuous?

    Giuliani’s endorsement by Pat Robertson just proves that American should not trust the Republicans at all. The Republican Party has become a pit of slippery snakes with poison venom. Pat Robertson is just going with who he believes will beat Hillary. This is one endorsement that I am not worried about at all because the ideology of Christian conservatives and right wing haters will not dominate this election. Pat Robertson can shoot his chops all he wants.

    November 7, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Mike,Downers Grove,IL:

    I have to tell you, I think your post is one of the best I've ever read on the ticker. Very creative. You rock man!!

    As far as Robertson goes, do people still listen to this hate filled windbag? If he is a good example of a Christian, I am so happy not to be one. Too bad the politicos feel that need to court this despicable person.

    November 7, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Just for the sake of accuracy, folks, it's morals and moral values. has nothing to do with morale.

    As far as Robertson, I don't think he has much credibility left after some of his recent faux-pas'. I really don't believe he's gonna bring a lot of votes to Guiliani with this endorsement.

    November 7, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Brendose, Oceanside Ca

    Is it just me, or does Rudy look very similar to the Crypt Keeper? I could care less about Pat Robertson.....he's just as crooked as the politican he supports.

    November 7, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Marie,Virginia Beach,Va.

    Unbelievable! How can you endorse a man with Giuliani’s marital background and his position on abortion? I will immediately be canceling my CBN monthly donation and redirecting funds to a morally conservative Christian organization.

    November 7, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Mark Murray UT

    Yet another reason not to vote for Giuliani.

    November 7, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. philip, fort collins, co

    Great – two guys who don't stand for anything but thier own selfish pursuit of power

    November 7, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Mike, Panama CIty , Fl

    Guilliani thinks this endorsement is good , he thinks he will then get the neo evangelicas to his side

    WRONG !

    November 7, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Robert, Albuquerque, MN

    how fitting! a man who wants gays to burn in hell endorses a candidate who once dressed in drag on SNL. HAHAH

    November 7, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Mrs. EM, Orlando, FL

    I admit, I am quite surprised by Mr. Robertson's endorsement, as well. After all, by all standards of the most traditional Christian conservatives, Giuliani is a huge failure. On marriage number 3, and estranged from his children due to their suggested lack of parenting skills, and personal ethics and inability to forgive and do the right thing for his family. Now, I am certainly not against the former mayor, but the Bible says "Charity begins at home." That means love. It is a shame that he wants to lead the entire free world, but can't get his home life in order. It sounds like there needs to be more personal sacrifice on his part to move forward in that area. And is it also possible that Pat Robertson now wants us to do something that we should have all been doing all along...? That is getting all of the info you can on the candidates, prayerfully and carefully weighing it all out, and then voting according to your heart and mind, for whom you feel is the best one for the job. Previously it sounded like we all should have just supported the former Pastor, Huckabee, and left it at that. It will be interesting to see what other Christians think of Pat Robertsons' move.

    November 7, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Fran, Birmingham, AL

    This is the funniest thing I've read in a long time! So much for your values, Pat!

    November 7, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Ian, Eastham MA

    This is the perfect match. Pat Robertson wants Armageddon and Giuliani is the man to bring it.

    November 7, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Emma Litchfield IL

    I am one of your 700 Club members giving to you. Pat where is your head at? you can not play both sides of the fence. Right is right and wrong is wrong! I will pray for you to see the light and GOD TO GUIDE YOU .

    November 7, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Chris, Pensacola FL

    I really hope all the people that watch Pat don't fall for this. This coming on the heels of Brownbacks support for McCain. How interesting. It's also on the heels of a government review of evangelists expenses and fleecing of donations. If anything, this shows that Giuliani supports 23k toilet seats with money that should of gone to the poor.

    I don't fall for TV religion, but we need to reach out to our elders and grandparents and tell them the truth and to not fall for false promises from the synagogue of evangelisim.

    November 7, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    GREAT, one VAMPIRE endorses another one.

    If Giuliani wins the presidency by some evil miracle, I'm wearing a cross and a garlic necklace.

    November 7, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Tisha Todd, Hampton, Virginia

    As a graduate of Regent I am DISGUSTED!! I want all the readers to know that Dr. Robertson and almost all of the schools faculty would bring in anti-abortionists that said 911 was the work of God because America is allowing abortions. They also justified killing abortion doctors. This is a school that taught us in Family Law that when a couple comes to us as attorney's for a divorce we ought to minister to them and discourage them from getting a divorce. AND they were TOTALLY against homosexuality. They compared the Clinton's to devils for their socially liberal views so....I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE SUPPORTING GIULIANI!!! I mean this is hypocracy to another level I am disgusted!

    November 7, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Laura, Macedoia, OH

    Hey, Rudy, You just managed to lose my vote!!

    November 7, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Ethan, Los Angeles, CA

    I can't believe Robertson would do this. I am under the impression he was coerced. Robertson clearly understands the challenges facing America's sovereignty and the new world order pushers so naturally I would expect him to support Dr. Paul. The good doctor is also the most principled person running for president.

    What is Robertson's motivation for doing this?

    November 7, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Jeff, Schaumburg, IL

    Is has been clear for some time now, to all but the least educated among us, that the social conservatism espoused by the majority of the Republican party:

    1) Takes a back seat to Neocon Fascist Empire-building.

    2) A grand lie used to dupe a group of voters who only care what a politician says, not what they do or how they live.

    Its the Neocon Brotherhood. Whether you are a fundamentalist Christian fanatic, or a cross-dressing, divorce-happy mayor who failed his people in their time of need.

    The only reason Giuliani is being so propped up is that the party thinks he can win New York, and thus, the general election. It'll never happen.

    If the Republican party wants any power going forward, they must turn their backs on Neoconservatism on become true Republican Conservatives once again.

    November 7, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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