According to the New York Times, Rudy Giuliani is about to stop his flipping and flopping on the ever-divisive and always explosive abortion issue, surely to the consternation of some of his supporters.
‘After months of conflicting signals on abortion, Rudolph W. Giuliani is planning to offer a forthright affirmation of his support for abortion rights in public forums, television appearances and interviews in the coming days, despite the potential for bad consequences among some conservative voters already wary of his views, aides said yesterday.
At the same time, Mr. Giuliani’s campaign — seeking to accomplish the unusual task of persuading Republicans to nominate an abortion rights supporter — is eyeing a path to the nomination that would try to de-emphasize the early states in which abortion opponents wield a great deal of influence. […]
Mr. Giuliani’s aides were concerned both because [his conflicting statements] opened him up to a new round of criticism from abortion critics, who have never been happy with the prospect of a Republican presidential candidate who supports abortion rights, while threatening to undercut his image as a tough-talking iconoclast who does not equivocate on tough issues.
The campaign’s approach would be a sharp departure from the traditional route to the Republican nomination in the last 20 years, in which Republicans have highlighted their antiabortion views.
Mr. Giuliani hinted at what aides said would be his uncompromising position on abortion rights yesterday in Huntsville, Ala., where he was besieged with questions about abortion and his donations to Planned Parenthood. “Ultimately, there has to be a right to choose,” he said.
Asked if Republicans would accept that, he said, “I guess we are going to find out.”’
It’s certainly appropriate to applaud Giuliani for his decision to quit squirming and affirm his iconoclastic (for Republicans, certainly not New Yorkers) stance despite the possibility of alienating many Republican constituents, and this could gain him as many supporters as it loses. But he is also ever the politician: could it possibly be a coincidence that this new announcement comes within two days of this report report outing Giuliani as a Planned Parenthood donor? Reality Check will keep track if this new direction is a bold strategem or just making the best out of a bad situation.
By the way, the New York Times article has a neato Giuliani timeline of what he’s said over the years if you scroll down a few inches. Check it out!