I caught up with Gary Bauer this morning at the Christians United for Israel summit here in D.C. and asked him whether he thought Rudy Giuliani could use his strong record of support for Israel as a way to reach out to evangelicals who may otherwise be disinclined to support him because of his views on social issues. In his warmly received speech at Pat Robertson’s Regent, for instance, Giuliani talked about how the world had been romanticizing Arafat in the 1990s. Here was what Bauer had to say:
The point about evangelicals believing that moral values are a necessary component of security I found to be interesting, and perhaps Mitt Romney’s “stong military, strong economy, and strong family” message will successfully tap into this sentiment. In response to a follow up question, Bauer said he didn’t want to comment on whether Giuliani was “unacceptable” because he was heading a group of pro-family leaders who have been meeting with candidates for a year in hopes of finding somebody to endorse, and he didn’t want to hamper that process by publicly ruling out any candidates.
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