Spinning Giuliani on abortion

A Republican front-runner's pollster on his candidate's chances with pro-life primary voters.

Published May 6, 2007 11:46PM (EDT)

In his campaign for the White House, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has placed a surprising bet. He believes that Republican primary voters are so hungry for a strong leader with experience leading in crisis that they will overlook his pro-choice credentials. The compressed primary calendar could help his cause by giving moderate Republicans in California, New York and Florida a voice just weeks after the Iowa caucuses. But there is still a long road ahead. Giuliani's pollster, Ed Goeas, explained the challenges, and the potential, of a pro-choice leader for the Grand Old Party in the spin room following last Thursday's debate.

By Michael Scherer

Michael Scherer is Salon's Washington correspondent. Read his other articles here.

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