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. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    The only reason why Robertson is backing Rudy is for one thing and one thing only: Rudy can beat Hillary. No other GOP candidate can.

    November 7, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    A religious scum bag endorsing a corporate idiot. Why is this even news?

    November 7, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Linda - Albany, NY

    Oh, this is rich! Pat Robertson can be likened to the Taliban with his views – nuts to say the least. If Guiliani had any brains, he would've run for the hills with this endorsement. Then again, what else can one expect from religious radicals?

    November 7, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Sean, New York, NY

    Ron Paul is a true Christian. He should have endorsed him instead.

    November 7, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Big WHOOP.Pat Robertson and his ilk are irrevelevant today and every day.This will mean less votes for Giuliani,not more.How stupid can people be to listen to the garbage these so called ministers spew?Jerry Falwell is now roasting in the pit of hell for what he preached,mainly hate.

    November 7, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Robert Tn

    And I care why? Christian Zionist supporting a horrible candidate?? No more wars for Israel!!!!

    November 7, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. John,

    Just another perfect example of separation of church and state. Oh wait......

    What this actually is is a perfect example that a vote for any of the Republican candidates is a vote for the same type G.W. Bush mess that we have had to endure for too long.

    November 7, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Matt

    With friends like that, who needs enemies?

    November 7, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. JCK, Chandler, Arizona

    Some of these comments are so ugly and full of hatred. I'm not a fan of Pat Robertson, who has said many foolish things and whose perspectives I don't share. I'm a Protestant, just not his variety. But, please don't meet him with hatred. We need to come together as Americans to face the challenges before us. If he can overcome some of his prejudices to support someone who differs with him on many things, this is something. It is also something we should all try to practice as we elect a president who will not be 100% of what each of us want. Let's not divide this country further. Let's have a little charity, a bit more mutual respect, and try to work with whoever is elected, even if we didn't vote for that person.

    November 7, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Steve, Lyons, CO

    Gee, what a shock: Hatemeister Pat Robertson is a total hypocrite, endorsing a pro-choice candidate.

    Goodbye, American religious right-wing. We ain't sorry to see you go.

    November 7, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Ed, Naples, FL

    Move along, nothing to see here. crackpot endorses another crackpot. these so-called front runners in both parties leave much to be desired.

    November 7, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Emery, Toronto, Canada

    If Pat Robertson is not concerned about his soul, he really should consider his reputation.

    November 7, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Steve Lyons, Co

    CNN is looking to hire – blog monitor. Qualifications:

    – Liberal
    – Supports Hillary
    – Lazy
    – Inconsistent in performance
    – Unconcerned about fake posts
    – Poor grammar, spelling in posted articles
    – Indifferent to supporting a service (blog) offered by CNN to the public.
    – Hairy Chimps considered

    November 7, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Andrew, NJ

    Giulliani is going to destroy the Republican party, because he'll expose how worthless Christian right is when it comes to their morals, and the rank and file Christians will stay home and stop supporting the sell outs.

    November 7, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Robert, Shelton, CT

    This will only hurt Giuliani in the general election, can't he see that?

    Probably not, he was an autocrat in New York and will be one in D.C., ask someone like me who was in NY when he was mayor, what a scam.

    November 7, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. joseph, austin, tx

    Monte Brown, New York, NY

    "The Republican Party has become a pit of slippery snakes with poison venom"
    and how are the dems any better they are in bed with code pinkeye and the moveoners, these people have just as much hate in their hearts, for people who dont think like them. Both extreme right and left would do a great service to this country when they realize they dont represent anyone who isnt associated with them. Be objectionable both the dems and repubs make up the lowest rated congress in US history, and you cant trust any of them, not even your girl billary.

    November 7, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Mark, Niagara Falls, New York

    Pat Robertson claims to be a man of God, but he is nothing more than a liar and a religious zealout.
    Pat, the times that you claim that God talks to you or answers your prayers is not God, but the opposite.
    The way you use your electronic pulpit to spread your words of intolerance and fear to feed your ego requires that we check you out for the mark of the beast.
    Rudy, good luck with having Pat on your team. We can only pray that a day will come that the endorsements of these right-wing lunatics will no longer be required.

    November 7, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Mike, Palo Alto, CA

    How long are we going let Guilliani get away with posing as a moderate? He isn't ... not even close. His foreign policy advisory team is a collection of strong neocons ... the same happy chicken hawks that brought us the war in Iraq ... led by an advocate of bombing Iran ... now. On the social issues, he gets credit for being pro-choice while has committed to the Religious Right that he would appoint "strict contructionist" Supreme Court judges ... code words for the repeal of Roe v. Wade ... and has said that he would be OK with that repeal. Extremists like Pat Robertson do not support moderates. If you are a moderate, be afraid of Gulliani.

    November 7, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Demon Joe, Atlanta Gawga

    "prophet Stan" is off his medication again and roaming free.
    When will this country get back to separation of church and state? Pat lovers should be ashamed.

    November 7, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Dee, Nebraska

    HUHHH???? Talk about the odd couple. Just goes to show the state of the GOP. Lost and confused, desperate and willing to compromise anything for the sake of friendships and power. Independent party, here I come!

    November 7, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. chris, NY NY

    Hilarious – You have the GOP candidates bending over backwards to be more conservative than the next and then you have Robertson picking a would be winner. It is all about POWER – I think the evangelicals would figure that out by now. It is all about politics as usual. The left right and middle lose with this current system we have now. Learn about the issues and vote what you believe – not what people tell (or Sell) you.

    November 7, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Rev Vern Deatherage

    your crazy you lost your moral sold out

    November 7, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. New Patriot, In Arizona

    Now I've seen it all..... the globalists have a new team player on their side. Its a sad day in America!

    November 7, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. MC- Atlanta

    Pat Robertson is a hate mongor. Period.

    Gay rights will move ahead in this country like it or not – this is only more proof. Its about time.

    November 7, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Laura - Tulsa OK

    Congratulations, Mayor Giuliani. You're easily on your way to the nomination !

    November 7, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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