After studying the current field of presidential contenders, with the intention of picking a favorite, I’ve found that the most difficult hurdle I’ve had to overcome was to learn to spell Giuliani. The rest was simple (at least for me) because Rudy Giuliani is a spokesman (and the ONLY one right now) for some of my hot-button issues.
Here’s a sample of what the Associated Press has to say today:
Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of ultraliberal New York City, supports a woman’s right to choose an abortion, domestic partnership benefits for gay couples and gun-control measures _ and he’s a Republican.
That, of course, is only the tip of the iceberg; there is his stand on the Iraq War, on illegal immigration, on crime and on the whole spectrum of political and social issues that make a presidential race. A lot of his positions are still works in progress and a lot can change between now and November ’08 but right now Rudy is a lot closer to having my vote than his opposition candidates.
I’m always impressed with a politician who holds and expresses his own views (as opposed to his party’s views) on social issues, even if they don’t agree with mine, but in this case the ones I know about DO agree with mine. I’ve spoken out many times for the absolute right of women to choose abortions, for the absolute right of gay couples to be entitled to the same legal benefits married couples are entitled to, the need to END illegal immigration and I’ve spoken out many times against the ‘Dark Side’ of the Republican party where the Religious Right hangs out.
I had been, for some time, a supporter of John McCain but it has become apparent that John McCain is simply an appeaser; he will compromise anything for agreement and while agreement is nice, its not always the ‘brass ring’ you want to reach for. A politician has to have principles that are rigid and not subject to compromise and, of course, principles that you, as the voter, agree with.
The presidential campaign is still in its very early stages and I’m hoping that Rudy Giuliani will have the grit to stand by what he believes in and the ability to go all the way to November ’08. Time will tell; as it always does.
The Associated Press on Topix.net Moderate Stances Not Hindering Giuliani
Real Clear Politics: GOP Presidential Race Looks Unpredictably Unpredictable
Rudy’s Presidential Campaign: Join Rudy 2008
What bloggers are saying (Pro and Con):
Conservative Viewpoints: Giuliani: A rising star who CAN win
Sunflower Desert: Yet another reason Giuliani can’t be on the Republican 08 ticket