"In a loud voice" that perhaps reporters weren’t supposed to hear, Rudy Giuliani says that the social conservatives will be split and that he will form a coalition of the remainder:

In a voice loud enough to be overheard on the other side of the room, he outlined his view that the other candidates would divide up the "right-wing," voters, as he called them, leaving him to consolidate the moderates and the economic and military conservatives who aren’t fixated on social issues.

It’s a strategy. It’s what I talked about as a possibility in Iowa. Rudy wants as many candidates as possible. That is why it is so important for him to be the fiscal conservative candidate, as he expressed in New Hampshire (at the same house party, I believe)

So perhaps Rudy thinks that this kerfuffle over public funding for abortion doesn’t bother him so much?


eyeon08.com » Rudy: Our party has to get beyond issues like that · April 16, 2007 at 9:07 AM

[…] Regarding abortion, Rudy Giuliani said at a campaign stop in Iowa: "Our party has to get beyond issues like that." That reminds me of something else he said… […]

eyeon08.com » Giuliani and the evangelicals · April 23, 2007 at 8:05 AM

[…] As I have argued, and Rudy has echoed, he only needs to win enough social conservatives to cobble together a winning coalition. But, ultimately, I suspect, if Rudy can find a winning coalition, it is not likely to be dominated by social conservatives. To some extent, I think that this whole narrative is a product of a press that may not understand what putting together a coalition means. […]

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