November 7th, 2007
10:30 AM ET
7 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. Will - Miami, Fl

    Robertson just lost any credibility that he might have had. Endorsing Rudy is like making a deal with the devil...

    November 7, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Anyone who would take Pat Robertson serious, or better yet actually donate money to the man, should re-evaluate their definition of morality.

    Robertson liken the Democratic Congress, mass media, and homosexuals to the Nazi extermination of the Jews. I'm no fan of the Democratic Congress but last I checked they weren't having people rounded up in concentration camps.

    Robertson warned Florida that is Disneyworld held their annual "gay days" that God would bring about terrorist bombings, hurricanes, earthquakes, and possibly a meteor. None of which happened of course.

    Robertson warned that the feminist agenda is an anti-family movement which encourages women to leave their husbands, practice witchcraft, and become lesbians. He also went on to say, like it or not, when a woman gets married she has to accept that the man is the head of the wife and family. That's the way it is, period.

    And the clincher of them all is when Pat Robertson said Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution, "He was dividing God's land. And I would say, 'Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the E.U., the United Nations, or the United States of America.' God says, 'This land belongs to me. You better leave it alone.'" This statement prompted Israel to cut all ties with Robertson regarding the building of a Christian heritage center along the Sea of Galilee.

    Pat Robertson is the walking definition of a moron. He presses this point home every time he opens his mouth.

    November 7, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. OBAMA in '08 GIVE US REAL CHANGE!, Pittsburgh PA

    This is religious hypocrisy at its worst. Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy goes against everything that his 700 Club stands for. Robertson obviously does not represent the true evangelical movement in this country. While it is unclear what he stands to gain from putting his stamp of approval on a pro-choice, pro-gay, anti-gun candidate like Guiliani, one thing is certain. Robertson's overall stature and influence in the Christian conservative movement is radically diminished. If Rudy is the GOP nominee, real evangelicals will NOT go to the polls and hold their nose as they vote for him. Better they sit out 2008...possibly giving Hillary or Obama and the Dems the White House then reemerge in 2012 supporting one of their own. Just as Pat Robertson has become Judas to the cause, Rudy Guiliani is the socially liberal left wolf pretending to be just one of the flock. What would Jerry Falwell do?

    November 7, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. a.thomas, new york, ny

    One loser endorses anothre loser. Dumb and dumber.

    November 7, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Blue in a Red State - Phoenix, Arizona

    If I were Giuliani, I wouldn't be too proud of this endorsement. The only thing it ensures is that the blind sheep that make up the Conservative Christian Movement will now blindly follow him.

    My question to the Conservative Christian Movement would be: where is your judgement now? Giuliani has been divorced twice – both times in order to marry his mistresses. So, now this is ok?

    What this tells me is that the Conservative Christian Movement is not judgemental because they're sticking to their values and morals. They're judgemental when it is convenient and when it will get them what they want.

    November 7, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. aj , huntington, ny.

    Rudy is the closest to the perfect candidate for Republicans, with his good solid background of crime-fighting, budget management and economic expertise. He lowered taxes several times over his terms in NYC. If he fulfills 75 percent of my criteria for a President, that' s all most people can ask for.

    November 7, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Trevor Ely, New York, New York

    The mayor of New York who once took on the Vatican regarding abortion has now gained Pat Robertson's support? How does this make any sense. Rudy is not a President Christian evangelicals should be supporting. He supports abortion is unacceptable, and for Pat Robertson to use his sway with Christian voters is appalling.

    November 7, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. ballzdeep, California

    Is this good or bad for Rudy?

    November 7, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Skeeve, NYC, NY

    I like your righteous indignation people. Just proves the major point – American evangelists supports certain economic interests while using religious rhetoric to rally their electoral base. Rudy Giuliani supports the same economic interests. So, it is not surprising at all that Pat Robertson endorses a like-minded candidate. I do understand how abortion and so-called "values" could be an issues for some but in a "real-politic" world these "values" are very much subservient to economic and power interests of those who order the music (and provides donations)

    November 7, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. aj, huntington, ny

    Giuliani isn't pro-abortion (is anyone really pro-abortion?) but he is for free choice in America. There's your difference between the highly regulated liberal ideal with more rules and regulations at ever turn, and the "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" attiude of Giuliani.

    Your choice.

    November 7, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Tim M, Bangor, ME

    So much for Guiliani being a moderate. I wish CNN and others would stop reporting that he supports abortion rights and gay rights. He doesn't. He doesn't thik gays and abortion doctors should be executed, but that doesn't make him a lefty on those issues.

    November 7, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Why is it every time a story about a Republican or a Christian comes on the ticker there are so many spiteful comments? All I see is the same old liberal name-calling– "fanatics", "fascists", "right-wing haters"... I'm a Christian and find it repulsive and irritating to hear you juvelniles rant about how "intolerant" Christians are. The simple fact is Christians typically give more of their hard-earned money to needy people than secularists and for the most part are good, decent people. The hateful things I see on the ticker prove that many liberals are just as "intolerant" as they claim Christians are, if not worse because they name-call without backing up any of their claims! I can't wait to see how many of you adolescents spew your angst toward me now that I have said this... and hopefully CNN doesn't remove my posting like they did last night regarding the Cheney impeachment article!

    November 7, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Sean C, Raleigh NC

    Now this is a meaningful endorsement. Southern states and moderate Christians will add to the voting totals for Rudy Giuilani. He's now going to pull ahead of the pack ; and he really knows what he' s doing out on the campaign trail. He'll surge because of this endorsement.

    November 7, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Chuck Maier, West Allis, WI

    I am glad he has done this – even the average casual Christian has more discernment than this phony Mason. Dr. Ron Paul has been espousing true Christian principles of "just weights and measures" in our financial system, "just war" and "the golden" in our foreign affairs, and the basic principles of Christian liberty, that government and law are only to protect our God-given rights of life and liberty and property to pursue liberty, wisdom, virtue, and happiness in service. Hopefully the Christians will see these phonies for what they are and rise up and support the Champion of the Constitution, Dr. Ron Paul!!

    November 7, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. theprofessional

    Matthew 4:8-11

    Again, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."

    Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

    Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

    November 7, 2007

    Again, Guiliani took the Christian right to a very high mountain and showed them the White House and its splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and endorse me."

    The Christian right said to him, "As long as you can beat Hillary Clinton! For it is written by shrewd politicians: 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.'"

    Then the Guiliani accepted their endorsement, and GOP staffers came and attended them.

    November 7, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. George, Bootjack California

    Hey Brad,
    we're not dumping on Christians who live by the values of peace, love, hope and charity (which hopefully applies to you), but when a so-called Christian leader spreads words of intolerance against other faiths, and uses his pulpit for political ambition and monetary wealth, then we rightly can say that he is right-winger, and open to criticism.

    November 7, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Robert Cadalso NYC, NY

    Another thing that both of them share, both are S.O.B.'s!

    November 7, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Nicholas, Phillipsburg, NJ

    This is to Roger from Conway, SC.......you are absolutely the dumbest person ever. Your comment has nothing to do with this article, and everything about it is just completely stupid and false. 1) MOST top republicans DID ask Craig to resign, and he didnt. 2) How about when democrats do bad things....and other democrats don't ask them to resign. Does that make Democrats hypocrits? Like when leading Presidential candidates have staff members that are openly hateful bigots, and nothing is done about it? Or when powerful US SENATORS are known to have killed innocent women by drunk driving....and gotten away with it.....shouldnt he be asked to resign? Let alone face jail time? YOU are the hypocrit....get it right.

    November 7, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. r schier norwalk,ct

    An EXTREMELY laughable pair indeed....
    PATHETIC...

    November 7, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Ed Mulligan, Springfield, VA

    The fraud endorses the fascist!

    When will evangelical Christians learn that the Republicans play them for saps election after election?

    November 7, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. John, New York, New York

    Dear Brad from Texas,

    Please don't presume that Christian = Conservative. Frankly, as a very liberal Christian I find it offensive when fundamentalists like you (and Pat Robertson) espouse that the only way to believe in God (and, apparently, the only way to vote) is in accordance with your political and religious points of view.

    While I do find it sad that liberals are bashing Christians on this blog, there are many Christians who have certainly given them plenty of legitimate reasons to bash us.

    November 7, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    He'll surge because of this endorsement.

    Posted By Sean C, Raleigh NC : November 7, 2007 1:50 pm

    Yep..just like an electrical power surge–his itty bitty breaker will pop, and his lights will not just be dimmer–they'll be out. Everyone in my reasonably conservative neighborhood thinks Pat is a little nuts. His endorsement only applies in Virginia, relatives, and a few GOP who haven't read the papers.

    November 7, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. MediaJunkie, Washington, DC

    Is it just me or is this endorsement just highlighting the split among social conservative voters?

    November 7, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Ed Mulligan, Springfield, VA

    Brad, we liberals do not call all evangelical Christians right-wingers or fascists, just the ones who want to impose their theology on the nation and control the personal lives of all their fellow citizens.
    And I would not call Robertson a fascist. He is just a quack.

    November 7, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Sam, Lincoln, Nebraska

    I feel sorry for Giuliani. What candidate in their right mind would want the endorsement of a hypocritical diamond smuggling religious fanatic who blames gays and liberals for every bad thing that happens in this country?

    This endorsement will only marginalize Rudy even more than he's managed to marginalize himself. It will probably cost him the GOP nomination as well but that's irrelevant because not a single Republican candidate in the current field stands a chance of being elected anyway. The only possible good to come out of this is that maybe John McCain will stop trying to suck up to the evangelical pseudochrisitan hatemongers.

    November 7, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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