November 8th, 2007
10:46 AM ET
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The 3 R's of '08 endorsements: Robertson, Rudy, and the right

Watch John King's report about the significance of the Robertson endorsement.

(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been courting the religious right in under to help secure the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson offered Giuliani some help on Wednesday when he endorsed the moderate Republican for president.

John King reports on Giuliani, Robertson and the social conservative wing of the Republican Party.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Kate, Aurora CO

    So Mr. Robertson with your support of Giuliani I am to suppose the religious right oppose abortion, well kinda but not really, support marriage between first cousins, support multiple marriages, support exploiting America's greastest tragedy for personal financial gain...What religion does Robertson and his gang subscribe to???!!!

    November 8, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Joe, Florida

    Funny how Robertson said once that the United States should start to plan the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, some Christian this guy is. I'm against Hugo and feel for the Venezuelan people, but Pat is a nut case. The fact that he endorses Giuliani should make conservatives realize how much there is in this. Giuliani is not against abortion, so how could dear old and righteous Pat endorse him, OMG!! – there you have it folks, just plain hypocrisy, I hope the religious right sees through this, GOD, it's so obvious.

    November 8, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Daniel, NY

    A new poll of the Iowa caucuses out this morning suggests Rudy will have a difficult time there... as he is in a tie for THIRD! So he really needs things like this to help him.
    Link to the poll.

    November 8, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. ut

    Perfect two War hungry perverts become Bathroom Buddies.

    Anyone with brains will vote for Hillary

    November 8, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. David Henry, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    I think this is going to go down as one of Robertson's poorest judgement calls of all time. Christian conservatives are NOT going to vote for Giuliani by and large. We realize Rudy's appeal to the GOP as a centrist, but social conservatives simply won't vote for him. I'm not sure who the pollsters are polling these days, but once the voting starts, Giuliani doesn't stand a chance. That has been obvious in socially conservative circles for some time. Most of us would rather vote for Hillary (or not vote for president) than vote for Giuliani.

    November 8, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Tannim

    More evidence of how Rudy should not be the nominee, and more evidence of how screwed up the Religious Right is...

    With this endorsement, take at least 5% off of Rudy's general election totals if he gets the nomination. Pat Robertson just may have handed the White House to Hillary on a silver tray.

    November 8, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Nick, Hawthorne, NV

    Robertson is a shameless charlatan, further proving it by coming out in support of Guiliani, a man who is a serial adulterer with multiple marriages, who supports abortion rights, gay rights, illegal invaders and gun control, things that Robertson has railed against for decades.
    Robertson is proving once again that he is far mor republican than he is Christian.

    November 8, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |

    If Rudy Giuliani expects to win the presidency it is going to take intervention from GOD himself. The endorsement from Crazy Pat Robertson won't do it. Most Americans know that Robertson in a looney, a few short of a sixpack. His support only points out the hypocrisy of the religious right and their tenuous attempt to influence this election. WON"T WORK RUDY. Anyway the religious right is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

    November 8, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. George, IL

    Somehow I feel that the "Christians" in this country value the teachings of their earthly "leaders" more than Jesus Christ Himself. I wonder why. Because they don't read The Holy Bible anymore?

    They really shouldn't call themselves Christian after all; maybe Robertsonian or Dobsonian, or whatever.

    November 8, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. r sisk, nevada

    Let's see, wasn't Pat Robertson the one who said we are partly responsible for 9-11 because we accept people for their differences. Doesn't sound very Christian to me but then again, he is from the "hatred preaching" school of religion. I am thrilled with this endorsement because I think he just pissed off a lot of potential Guiliani voters. Think people. Vote Democratic.

    November 8, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Tracy Nickolson Windsor Ontario Canada

    I am totally appalled at Pat Robertson and his backing of Rudy Giuliani. I am Canadian and a Christian and cannot vote but I sure can comment. Obviously Pat doesn't read or preach from the same Bibles the rest of the Christians do, cause if so as a Christian he in good faith could not turn his head away and ignore the fact the Giuliani is pro Gay and Pro Abortion.Yes the Bible says love them but it does not say agree with them but while endorsing him you are sendign a message that we agree with abortion and gay marriage. This is not true. Pat Robertson, I an sure glad I don't have to stand in your shoes on Judgement Day cause it will not be pretty. Let me apologize to all Christians world wide on behlaf of what Pat Robertson since this is not what we do. How do you sleeep at night. I hope terribly

    November 8, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Ann ME

    Pat Robertson's connections and power are very underestimated by the media. He's no fool, CNN. Pat does not want a Democrat in the White House selling us down the drain to China's demands again as Bill Clinton did.

    November 8, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Sue - Sherman, Texas

    Didnt Giuliani have an affair? He's got a much younger wife now who wants to run his life and that bull about her calling on his cell phone during the NRA Meeting when he was delivering a speech was so stupid. He is a lunatic and so is Pat Robertson who is senile he cant remember what rights he is fighting for or against.

    November 8, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |

    It is truly amazing how people can see no wrong in the misleadership of the Republican Party. What a sad and stupid country we have become.

    November 8, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. A.Thomas, ny, ny

    A new poll of the Iowa caucuses out this morning suggests Rudy will have a difficult time thereā€¦ as he is in a tie for THIRD! So he really needs things like this to help him.
    Link to the poll.

    Posted By Daniel, NY : November 8, 2007 12:54 pm

    It seems that giuliani spent little time in making speeches and money on ads in the earl primary states (Iowa, New Hampshire, etc) while concentrating his efforts in some rich states like CA, FL, NY where he can raised more money. I suspect that giuliani knows himself that he will lose out to hillary in the head to head election because he identifies himself in many polices as george bush. However, purpose of this presidential campagin may be to make himself a multi millionaires with the raised funds.

    November 8, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Disgusted USA

    Guiliani, your endorsement from Robertson, is really a joke, enough of that subject. Actually Robertson is living proof that abortion needs to bekept legal.

    November 9, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Disgusted USA

    If my comment is going thru moderation and not posted then what you guys are doing is censorship. I am offended by your comments most of the time aso, but I have not way of stopping the public frome reading it. Grow Up CNN, take lessons from O'Reilly

    November 9, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Patrick, Philadelphia, PA

    Is Robertson not the gentleman who claimed god wanted 9/11 to happen. That America had it coming. I would hate to misquote him so how about we all together google Robertson and find out. Just a mintue.

    My my. Yes it is. Good bye Rudy. You just lost my vote.

    November 9, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |