Earlier today prominent evangelical figure Pat Robertson gave his official endorsement to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
While Giuliani’s pro-choice, pro-gay rights positions differ sharply from Robertson’s conservative ideals, he said that it was Giuliani’s positions concerning the “war on terror” that ultimately earned his endorsement.
I think it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Historically, the issues of abortion and gay rights have been used by Conservative leadership to rally voters. They’re always items #1 and #2 on the Christian Cooalition’s voting guide checklist.
Today Robertson, one of the most prominent Conservative figures, said those issues “pale in comparison” to fighting the war on terror. He even positioned those Conservatives who feel Giuliani is an unacceptable candidate because of his positions on those two issues as “the fringe” of social conservatism.
I wonder how many Conservative Evangelicals – aka the core of social conservatism – would agree.