So much for the myth of being a "moderate." Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani receives the blessing of Pat Robertson, one of the leading voices of the religious right.
"I thought it was important for me to make it clear that Rudy Giuliani is more than acceptable to people of faith," Robertson says of the thrice-married former mayor who divorced his second wide on live television. Robertson tells Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post that "it was time to solidify around one candidate" and wants to counter social conservative opposition to Giuliani.
Giuliani's one-note presidential campaign largely rests upon his questionable leadership in New York in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. In the days after the attacks, Robertson infamously released a statement "in which he said the attacks occurred because Americans had insulted God and lost the protection of heaven by allowing abortion and 'rampant Internet pornography.'" Robertson has also previously suggested a hurricane could devastate Orlando, Florida because of Gay Days at Disney. Robertson, an ordained minister, has also called for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
In related news, the Giuliani campaign announces openly gay Republican Party activist Carl Schmid joins the campaign as co-chair of its Washington DC leadership team. With friends like these ...
Some Background ...
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