Matthew R. Perry

“Our Party Has To Get Beyond Issues Like That,” Says Guiliani

In Culture, Politics on April 22, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Rudy Guiliani, one of the Republican frontrunners for the presidential election in 2008 said recently that the Republican Party has “to get beyond issues like that.”

He continued:

“Our party is going to grow, and we are going to win in 2008 if we are a party characterized by what we’re for, not if we’re a party that’s known for what we’re against.”

What’s the issue?  Abortion.  Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com noted:

the GOP has nominated pro-life presidential candidates in every race since 1980 and it has won five of the seven contests — all against pro-abortion Democrats.

Pro-abortion Republican President Gerald Ford lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976 in part because Carter was seen as more conservative on abortion and other social issues.

Polls have also shown that abortion is a winning issue for GOP presidential candidates.

Post-election polling after the 2004 presidential elections found that President Bush’s pro-life stance gave him an edge over pro-abortion Sen. John Kerry.

A 2004 Wirthlin Worldwide post-election poll found that 42 percent of voters said abortion affected the way they voted for president. Twenty-four percent of voters cast their ballots for President Bush while 15% voted for Kerry, giving Bush a 9 percent advantage on the issue of abortion. (April 16, 2007 — full article here)

Well, with all due respect to Rudy Guiliani, I do believe that we as conservatives can say what exactly we are for — life. I doubt Guiliani will get far — though he may with his stance on being strong on war and other domestic issues. As for me, my main concern is not about economics or even the war on terror. My issue is, “What value does life hold for you?” If a candidate is soft on protecting the innocent and unborn, then no thank you.

What do you think? Do we need to get beyond this issue? Should it be a deal-breaker?

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  1. We can’t “get beyond” that issue. This is just political talk for trying to minimize his problem with Christian voters. Lord, please give us a viable third party alternative!

  2. Matt…

    Thank you for posting this article. We talked about 1 Peter 2:13-17 this morning in SS and our small group of college students really engaged this topic. I’m 29 now and have been a one issue voter my entire voting life. I still am and will continue to be a one issue voter until I am convinced otherwise. The only other option I can think of is a “lesser of two evils”/”greater good” kind of vote. In other words, could (should) I vote for someone whom I think can do the most good for our country in spite of the fact that he may not be as pro-life as I think is necessary and morally right? It’s a hypothetical and I’m not sure such a candidate exists. This is the line of reasoning I’ve been teasing out lately.

    Kyle

  3. Thanks for you post. In 2005, I registered independent and was affiliated with the Constitution Party (constitutionparty.org), but have recently been looking into a fledgling third party called the American Heritage Party (http://www.americanheritageparty.Com) due to the CP being overrun with Mormon influence… I just cannot in good conscience register with the two main parties at this point.

    If you would like good commentary on good Christian politics, check out http://www.theamericanview.com . I’d be interested to see what you think of them.

    Good hearing from you.

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