Asked in a McCain campaign call to respond to reports that McCain was considering a pro-choice running mate, Rudy Giuliani said that the Republican Party is not a one issue party, and ultimately Republicans would get behind whoever McCain chooses as his vice president.
“Any choice you make will have pros and cons,” Giuliani said. “It would seem to me that the Republican Party is not, as far as I can tell, and I traveled to thousands of places last year, a one issue party. And that would be just one issue out of many that would have to be evaluated by the party. But I believe the party would support Sen. McCain’s choice.”
He added, “I think we realize that this is a very important choice…I know from talking from John McCain about this, not just now, but in the past, when we both used to think about choosing vice presidents when we were opponents, that our main critera would be a person that would allow us to sleep at night knowing that we had selected someone who could immediately be President of the United States.”
The call was focused on the report that Obama adviser Daniel Kurtzner had traveled to Damascus and met with the Syrian foreign minister. Giuliani said the “revelation” was important and should have been disclosed by the Obama campaign, and the fact that it wasn’t raises questions about what the other 300 or so Obama advisers are doing. Giuliani flubbed by saying that the adviser had met with Syrian President Bashar Assad rather than the foreign minister. Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s senior foreign policy advisor, clarified that the meeting was with the foreign minster.