2532Perry endorses Giuliani
- Oct 17, 2007http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071017/pl_nm/usa_politics_giuliani_dc;_ylt=AkRnwIqYz3cBKTSECfysDB.s0NUE
Giuliani wins over conservative Texas governor
Wed Oct 17, 2:45 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential
contender Rudy Giuliani, battling to win over
conservatives in the 2008 race, earned the backing of
a Southern governor on Wednesday despite their
opposing views on abortion rights.
Republican Rick Perry, an abortion-rights opponent who
succeeded President George W. Bush as Texas governor,
said he was convinced the former New York mayor would
appoint Supreme Court justices who would please
"The one question I wanted to hear him give me the
answer and look me right in the eye was the issue of
'What type of individual can I expect on the Supreme
Court?"' Perry said at a news conference in Washington
to announce the endorsement.
He said Giuliani, who leads national opinion polls in
the Republican race, told him he would appoint
justices like Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin
Scalia, and Samuel Alito -- three of the most
conservative members of the court.
"Let me tell you, I can live with that," Perry said.
Giuliani, who stood with Perry at the news conference,
has methodically courted the party's influential
conservative wing, which has been hostile at times to
his candidacy because of his past support for abortion
rights, gun control and gay rights.
He will make another push for conservative support
this weekend at a Washington conference of "values
voters" -- religious conservatives who have made a
point of questioning Giuliani's abortion stance.
Giuliani said his message will be that, despite his
abortion views, he has many similarities with them on
other issues of importance in the 2008 White House
"There are always some differences, but I ask you to
look at the whole candidate and the whole picture of
what we face in 2008," Giuliani said.
Perry likened the choice to buying a new pickup truck,
saying he would not reject a good model because it had
one option he did not like.
"I'm looking at results, and I think that's what
Americans will coalesce around," he said.
(To read more about the U.S. political campaign, visit
Reuters "Tales from the Trail: 2008" online at http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/)
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