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. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Dear Pat Robertson,

    Now that I have Jerry Fawell, you're next.


    Posted By Mike,Downers Grove,IL : November 7, 2007 11:05 am

    Dear God:

    Actually, Jerry Falwell's down here with me. He's sharing a room with D. James Kennedy, and I've already reserved space for Pat Robertson, Gary Bauer, and James Dobson.

    Yours truly,

    November 7, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. TLH, Texas

    Who cares who Pat Robertson endorses?

    November 7, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. 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.

    And "prophet stan?", you should speak in clear English if you have a point to make. Babbling won't help your cause at all. I hope you are speaking from full knowledge and truth when you open your mouth as well.

    November 7, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Rudy's Ex Wife #26,NY,NY

    Hasn't Rudy been tossed out by his wives about 6 times now. Maybe he will be at a bakers dozen once the presidential election rolls around. Why doesn't Reverend Satan support someone who has actually stayed married, perhaps Hillary...

    November 7, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. jeremy, minnesota

    With so many genuine christians and conservatives running, who could use an endorsement by leaders in the pro-life movement, I find it incredibly discouraging that Robertson chose the one pro-abortion republican to support. This is truly a sad day and proof that the moral majority is no longer moral nor a majority. I only hope Dobson holds firm in his rightful condemnation of Guiliani as an opportunist who is only trying to further his political ambitions. Vote Huckabee '08 - he's the only light in this pathetic crowd of connivers.

    November 7, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Lars, DC

    Why is this such big deal when Romney has already received several of these endorsements? CNN is so biased towards Gulianni becasue they want him to win the GOP nomination and then Hillary can stomp all over him. Romney is the only one that can stand up to her and they know it.

    November 7, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Disgusted, Austin, TX

    CBN has always been the more liberal thinktank of the GOP anyways. There are far more good Christian Conservative organizations out there.

    As far as Mrs. Clinton goes, there should be no worry. As we all know, the forgetful pot smoking Democrats never make it to the election polls, or they are too busy on their Internets, so any GOP candidate will win. We should, as the Conservative Christian majority of this nation, be looking for a real conservative to vote for.

    There is a draft movement for Vice President Cheney to run. I hope that is successful. We need to defeat the Godless Terrorists, and he seems the only one with the intellegence and gumption to do it.

    November 7, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Ted, Detroit, Michigan

    Robertson's endorsing Guiliani.

    So what? Robertson has no credibility in my opinion and his "endorsement" is no more or no less valuable than anyone else's. Why does it matter who he endorses?

    November 7, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Christian, Tampa FL

    First of all, this will only be detrimental to Giuliani in the general election.

    Second, Robertson and other conservatives shouldn't be sacrificing their values in order to make an attempt at electoral victory.

    November 7, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Brendan, Seattle

    Did we really need another reason not to vote for Giuliani?

    November 7, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. christian, selden, ny

    nothing like having a humble christian man as a supporter....i wonder how much giuliani paid?

    November 7, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Anne E., SLC

    Pat Robertson endorsing someone who has had a penchant for marital infidelity AND dressing in drag?
    I guess it all depends on what the definition of "values" is.....

    November 7, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. ETM, Springfield, VA

    There is nothing religious about the "religious right" and nothing Christian about the "Christian Coalition." They are all about access to power.
    Let's try going back to the wisdom of our founding fathers–keep religion out of politics and maintain strict separation of Church and State. Otherwise both are corrupted.

    November 7, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Cesar, Philadelphia, PA

    It looks like Robertson is more strongly against Mormons than he is against abortion and gay marriage.

    November 7, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Wayne, Greenville TX

    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.

    Posted By Marie,Virginia Beach,Va. : November 7, 2007 12:08 pm

    No such thing. In order to truly follow Jesus' teachings, you have to be a liberal.

    November 7, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Doremus J, VT

    HOW CONVENIENT! This alliance will generate endless "rationales" for all future heat-waves, floods, hurricanes, etc..., oh yeah, and WARS.
    The most dangerous sins of mankind include arrogance, self-rightousness and the misuse of religous and political authority over others in to subvert individual thought and behavior.
    Each individual is given the gift of free thought. People like Pat and Rudy spend their lives figuring out how to steal this gift from as many people as possible. IGNORE THEM!

    November 7, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Brandon st. peters mo

    Pat Robertson is a moron and a sellout. Giuliani can keep his crappy endorsements. Im voting for Ron Paul.

    November 7, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Terri Tacoma, Wa

    THANK YOU Pat Robertson.

    Thank you for proving Conservative Christians can be pragmatic, not so narrow-minded to cut off your nose to spite your face.

    Conservatives can differ but still vote for Guiliani. Give Rudy a chance to show his conservative values in Washington DC. However, let Rudy know it is a temporary permission slip. Should he decide to abandon the values we DO share – it will be a one-term opportunity.

    November 7, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Gary Zajdel Buffalo, NY

    What can be said that hasn't already regarding the devil himself...Pat Robertson....HYPOCRITE par excellance!!!!!! The very same man (Robertson) who's life is dedicated to fight against the evil left and the imoral abortionists now endorses the mayor of 911? The pro-abortion mayor of 911?...This is lends credence to the weakness of any/all republican candidates...except, of course, for Ron Paul!!!! The devil belongs in does Pat!!!!!

    November 7, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. J, Seattle WA

    Pat Robertson is a morally corrupt man who should leave the church immediately. He uses Christianity as a political tool to sustain his power. Does anyone remember 8 years ago when he lambasted McCain for his moral stance... and now he finds it conveniant to support Giulliani an extremely corrupt individual.

    November 7, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. demwit

    Hillary is the anti-Christ. Did you really think Pat was going to vote for her??

    November 7, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Christine, Rochester NY

    Pat Robertson is a liar as well as a hypocrite. He's not endorsing Guiliani because he claims he's a friend. He's endorsing him because he's the frontrunner right now. No fundementalist like him would ever endorse a person like Mitt Romney, who if he is a good practicing Latter-Day Saint would have better moral standing and character than most politicians. And he wouldn't endorse any of the other Republican candidates because they're not popular enough. And let's get one thing straight, P. Harvey from Kansas, Mormons are NOT cultists! You should get to know them a little better and search the RIGHT sources, as everyone should. But I digress. Pat Robertson, and people like him, gives all religious people a bad name, and it makes me very sad.

    November 7, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Garrett Babb Indianapolis, IN

    ...And the so-called "leader" of the religious right just sold his soul to the devil. How can anyone back this man?

    November 7, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Am I late to the Attack-Pat Party?

    I jus can't wait to here yall say awful things about Pat and Christians. Of course the funniest part is... most of yall liberals "pile on" religious leaders for not being more pious yet yall are dead-set on supporting a candidate (Hillary) whose husband is a sexual predator.

    It's like Larry Flynt up in arms because Laura Bush wore a knee-length dress.

    November 7, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Rodney Dallas TX

    How can a christian leader support someone who believes abortion is OK? I'm shocked.

    November 7, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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