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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Rudy Picks Up Steve Forbes Endorsement

While Thomas and I will both acknowledge that Hugh's book on Mitt Romney has left us questioning if we are backing the right horse for the 2008 primaries, we still have a soft spot for Rudy, and we are still hoping he could be the one facing down Hillary in 2008. Today, he picked up a serious endorsement from Steve Forbes:

Fiscal conservative Steve Forbes on Wednesday endorsed former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's bid to become the Republican nominee for president in the 2008 race for the White House.

Forbes, chief executive of Forbes magazine who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 1996 and 2000, is considered a leader of the party's pro-business and tax-cutting wings.

"He is the man who can lead America in a world that is uncertain, fight the forces of evil and at the same time increase economic opportunity here at home," Forbes told a press conference.

Giuliani's Republican credentials have been questioned by some social conservatives in the party but he nevertheless is leading in early polls. Earlier this month he was endorsed by conservative Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana despite Giuliani's past support for abortion rights, gun control and gay rights.

This pick-up is a coup for Rudy. At a time when everyone seems to be focused on his "cons," a fiscal conservative points out that Rudy is the sort of man he would like to have in the White House, especially on fiscal issues. Rudy needed to be able to convince conservatives that he is one their side. His statements regarding jurists helps, and while he is unafraid to discuss his social issues, that is the only sticking point for conservatives.But he is correct in stating that he does not control the policy on those issues. Those matters are best left up to the States, and as long as he would abide by his statements that he is seeking originalist, constructionist jurists, that should be enough for social conservatives.

The other sticking points are national security (a no-brainer for those who remember him refusing the money from the Saudi prince after 9/11), and his fiscal side. His record as New York City's mayor, and the fact he cut taxes there, should have served as enough of a reminder that he does, indeed, believe in conservative principles regarding fiscal matters. That said, having Steve Forbes endorse him does not hurt, and signifies a significant shift for some conservatives, espeically those who supported Steve Forbes in his own presidential bid years ago.



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