Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hillary vs Rudy: A Religious War?

Christian Broadcasting Network | David Brody

If the 2008 presidential race comes down to Rudy vs Hillary, the past may tell us something about the future. The Brody File went back to March of 2000. Hillary and Rudy were running against each other for the U.S. Senate at the time. (Giuliani eventually had to pull out because of a cancer diagnosis) Anyhow, just to refrsh everybody's memories (or maybe you didn't know) Rudy sent an eight page fundraising letter to his supporters blasting Clinton's non-religiousity. Read below from the Newsweek article:

"As a republican moderate who supports abortion, gay rights and gun control, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has to look hard for ways to woo the right wing. A fund-raising letter he sent out last October is a perfect case in point. In it, Giuliani attacked Hillary Rodham Clinton for her "hostility toward America's religious traditions" and portrayed her as a leader of a "left-wing elite" that has waged a "relentless, 30-year-war against America's religious heritage."

Clinton went beserk when she got word of the letter. Read on...and notice Giuliani's comments about the Ten Commandments:

"I am outraged that he would inject religion into this campaign in any form whatsoever," she said, adding later that she wants a campaign based on "ideas and issues, not insults." Confronted by Clinton's demand that he "take responsibility" for the fund-raising letter, he said, "Not only do I stand by the letter, I'd like everyone in New York state to read it." He went on to repeat that liberals like Clinton were wrong to prohibit public schools from posting the Ten Commandments in classrooms. When Clinton, campaigning upstate, replied that the Supreme Court had ruled such displays unconstitutional, Giuliani responded with humor. The next day he wrapped up a press briefing on the city budget with a slide of the Ten Commandments--and got a laugh."

Will Rudy go with the same strategy in 2008 if he's running against her? He might as well. As for the Ten Commandments in classrooms, Rudy seems OK with it. Interesting, isn't it?

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