October 1st, 2007
08:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Social conservatives threaten third party bid over Giuliani

Watch John King and Wolf Blitzer, members of the Best Political Team on TV, discuss what Christian conservative leaders may do to influence the 2008 presidential race.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The frustration of social conservatives in the Republican Party appears to have boiled over.  A group of powerful social conservatives announced recently that they may back a third party bid for the White House in 2008 rather than support GOP frontrunner Rudy Giuliani.  Watch John King's report about the threat to the GOP posed by leaders of the party's social conservative base. 

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
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  1. Paul, Inez, KY

    The Republicans are running so fast back to the middle it makes me sick! The most reliable voting base they have had since 1980 is social conservatives. Nearly 1 in 4 voters in 04 said that "values" were the single biggest factor in how they voted. There is no possible way they can win in 08 without the so-called religious right. Giuliani at the top of the Republican ticket will ensure a Democratic landslide.

    October 2, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    The religious minority will be forced to vote for Giuliani – if Hillary runs against him – it will be a double digit win for Rudy (even her own party mistrusts her)....and they will actually start to read through the DNC rhetoric machine...) – watch how angry the first poster will get....some of them are just nuts...

    October 2, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Conservative James, Phoenix AZ

    Social Conservatives will swallow their "values" and vote for Rudy if nominated. The threat of a 3rd party assures Hillary would win and NONE of their issues would have a voice in Washington.

    Ain't gonna happen!

    October 2, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    I hate to break it to you guys,but Rudy is on our side,socially,even if he won,no social conservatives will have a voice anyway. Whether they vote or not is irrelevant and Rudy's going to have gay weddings on the WH lawn and celebrate their disgust. Or Hillary's going to win and be really respectful of their poor little feelings. Win/win in my book,most of us democrats don't hate republicans for being republican,we hate them for being hypocritical theocrats. If Rudy wins by Hillary's help,that's fine with me.

    October 2, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    "There is no possible way they can win in 08 without the so-called religious right.

    Posted By Paul, Inez, KY : October 2, 2007 12:43 pm"

    Hi there Paul. Why don't you guys see if you can put the most club-wielding trogladyte conservative you can on the ticket and win it when we moderates jump ship from you and vote for Bloomberg. There, I said it, I'm sick and tired of the "we'll take our ball and go home" attitude from the extreme right. You all are done controlling the nomination of the party. If you don't nominate Giuliani, we bolt, and we run OUR 3rd party candidate, and you see how well you guys do when you alienate the center.

    October 2, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Carrie Dunne, Canton, Michigan

    I come from a blue-collar, union family (GM & UAW). I am a die-hard Democrate and a woman. My vote for the "best" presidential candidate had been between Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson (leaning more towards Mr. Thompson). Unfortunately, due to Mr. Thompson's comment that Hussein did have WMD, my vote now will go to Mr. Giuliani.

    October 3, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. laurinda,ny

    CARRIE DUNNE FROM MICHIGAN, My husband works for GM. He is a UAW member and the union always goes for the Democrats. You are a traitor, shame on you.

    October 4, 2007 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
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