First, quite an odd endorsement from USAToday:
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Televangelist Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday.
“It is my pleasure to announce my support for America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans,” Robertson said during a news conference with Giuliani in Washington.
The former New York mayor backs abortion rights and gay rights, positions that put him in conflict with conservative GOP orthodoxy, and has been trying to persuade evangelical conservatives like Robertson to overlook their differences on those issues.
This is quite an odd marriage but it can only benefit Giuliani who has lost ground to evangelicals with James Dobson’s announcement that he’d support a third-party over Giuliani.
Then another from USAToday:
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) â€” Sam Brownback, a Kansas conservative and favorite of evangelical Christians, on Wednesday endorsed former Republican presidential rival John McCain, calling the Arizona senator “the best pro-life candidate to beat Hillary Clinton.”
The nod could provide a much-needed boost, particularly in Iowa, for the Arizona senator and one-time presumed GOP front-runner whose bid faltered and who now is looking for a comeback.
“I think it matters when one of the most respected members of the United States Senate, and in the pro-life family values community lends his support to my candidacy. I think it has significant impact,” said McCain, who was joined by Brownback at the announcement at a downtown hotel.
Brownback had met with Giuliani but it doesn’t surprise me that he’s supporting someone else. For McCain’s flaws, he has been very pro-life which was one of Brownback’s core issues.
Here’s video of the press conference with Giuliani and Robertson announcing the endorsement via Hot Air:
The very definition of “Twilight Zone”.