By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
May 13, 2007
He’s a Catholic that believes more in adoption than abortion. But Rudy Giuliani is also making it abundantly clear that he favors a woman’s right to have an abortion.
On “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, the former Mayor of New York City fell short of calling a fetus a “person” but he seemed to be pondering his answer when Mr. Wallace asked.
Mr. Giuliani didn’t seem to allay fears that he himself generated at a debate with other potential Republican Presidential candidates at last week’s first Republican debate. At that time, he seemed to be saying it was O.K. with him if the Supreme Court set abortion aside and it was also O.K. with him if abortion was allowed to continue.
Brit Hume said Mr. Giuliani was “Pro choice with restrictions.”
I wish Mr. Giuliani had been articulate enough to describe his own position that way.
Mr. Giuliani has a quirky way of getting excited and running his words out too quickly. He does not sound thoughtful and measured and presidential to me but excited and anxious and edgy. His words seem to heat up and speed up like the arsonist’s fire when the flame hits the accelerant.
While some candidates sound like they are mouthing well tested sound bites from stale point papers, Mr. Giuliani sounds like he is making up a newly nuanced position each time he speaks.
This may be more my heart listening than my ear. As I live in a Vietnamese family that often doesn’t speak English I have become skilled at reading tone of voice, body language, speed of delivery and things like that. We call it, “Listening with one’s heart.”
Mr. Giuliani is breaking my heart.
Just one impression/opinion but I do not think Mr. Giuliani improved his position in any way on Sunday. In fact, the more he talks the less I like his chances.
Guiliani transcrip with Chris Wallace on the Fox News Sunday program: