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Family Research Council president says if Guliani gets GOP nod, Democrats will win in 2008

Published: Tuesday February 6, 2007
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According to the president of the Family Research Council, if former New York City mayor Rudy Guliani wins the Republican primaries, then Democrats will win in 2008.

Tony Perkins spoke to David Brody, the Capitol Hill correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, who notes that "Perkins is the President of the influential Family Research Council in Washington," and "[h]is words carry a lot of weight and also give keen insight as to what the movers and shakers within the social conservative movement are thinking."

"At this point most people have no idea where candidates stand on the issues, the polls simply reflect name ID," Perkins told the Christian Broadcasting Network. "Giuliani is known for his impressive leadership in the wake of 9/11, but most pro-family Americans do not yet realize how far outside of the mainstream of conservative thought that Mayor Giuliani social views really are."

Many conservatives are wary of Giuliani, because they consider him "too liberal" on issues such as abortion and gay rights, but other top GOP contenders such as Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney face similiar criticism.

Perkins believes that "once people focus on this election and the candidates Giuliani's lead will diminish."

"If by some chance Giuliani were to gain the Republican nomination it would set up a very similar scenario that we had last November," Perkins added. "A unenthusiastic Republican base which will suppress turnout and set up a Democratic victory."

Brody adds that he will have an on camera interview with Perkins later in the day.