It turns out some Christian conservatives are not too fond of a Giuliani candidacy on the Republicans ticket. At a networking meeting in Salt Lake City for the Council of National Policy, a group of Christian conservatives floated the idea of running a third Party candidate should Giuliani win the Republican nomination. It is a certain blow to Giuliani who has fought hard to keep his moderate to liberal stance on social issues in the back seat while pushing his strength on national security, the war on terrorism and his ability to beat Hillary Clinton (which does not seem to be a reality).
Some players in the movement not present at the meeting may be open to Mr. Giuliani as the lesser of two evils. For example, the Christian Broadcast Network, founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson, has provided relatively generous coverage to Mr. Giuliani and his campaign.
Gary L. Bauer, a Christian conservative political advocate who was a Republican primary candidate eight years ago, said that, speaking by phone to the meeting, he urged the group to proceed with caution. “I can’t think of a bigger disaster for social conservatives, defense conservatives and economic conservatives than Hillary Clinton in the White House,” Mr. Bauer said.
He added, “But I do believe there are certain core issues for the Republican Party — low taxes, strong defense and pro-life — and if we nominate someone who is hostile on one of those three things it will blow up the G.O.P.”
Congressman Pete Sessions, who supports Giuliani’s candidacy, responded:
“Conservatives are rallying around the one candidate with the executive experience and proven leadership our country needs.” Calling Mr. Giuliani strong on fighting terrorism and “fiscal discipline,” Mr. Sessions said Republicans want a candidate who “can beat the Democratic nominee.”
With Christian conservatives constituting a large portion of the Republican primary voters, this announcement could be a wake up call for Republicans in fear of a third Party candidate, which could pretty much guarantee the White House to the Democrats, cutting into Giuliani’s support. A viable Christian conservative candidate can easily pickup Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina giving them 38 electoral votes. All of those states are Republican strongholds. Only Georgia has voted for the Democratic candidate in recent memory when it voted for Bill Clinton in 1992.