AP: Giuliani takes step toward ’08 bid. Some folks got ahead on this story in another thread.
The former mayor filed papers to create the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee, Inc., establishing a New York-based panel that would allow him to raise money to explore a White House run and travel the country.
…The former mayor is a moderate who supports gun control, same-sex civil unions, embryonic stem-cell research and abortion rights â€” stands that would put him at odds with the majority of the GOP conservative base.
Giuliani enjoys strong name recognition and a recent AP-AOL News poll conducted in late October found that among Republicans Giuliani was essentially tied with
Condoleezza Rice and McCain on who they would most like to see elected president in 2008.
Rice has insisted that she will not run.
The Freepers have been talking up Condi for months.
Rudy’s not going to be a hit with the fundies, after all, he’s got an extremely messy private life (divorces); he roomed with his gay friends when his life was falling apart, etc. But the icing on the cake has to be the photos below, which will be plastered all over the winger sites early and often as proof he’s been co-opted by the queer agenda:
Actually, an even better laugh is this pic:
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, laughs as Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., covers his face following a joke by a speaker at a campaign event, Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Centre Square Fire Company in Blue Bell, Pa. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
Rudy lauded the now-defeated homophobic Senator at the time:
“Sen. Santorum is a remarkable political leader,” Giuliani told a receptive crowd of elected Republican officials, GOP candidates and first-responders and their families. “He is not just a U.S. senator, not just a political figure, but a leader.”
Not any more, praise Jeebus!