Admitting there are differences between them in social issues, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) endorsed former NYC Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. “Rudy has the strong unwavering leadership and sound judgment that we so clearly need in this time of war and terrorist threats,” Vitter said at a news conference with Giuliani. The Louisiana Senator appeared with Mr. Giuliani and former Solicitor General, Ted Olson, who is also endorsing the man who became known as “America’s Mayor” for his efforts in New York City after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. “I know a little bit about terrorism”, said an emotional Olson, whose wife, Barbara was killed on a plane which struct the World Trade Center, and I want Rudy Giuliani as my President”.
Both of these endorsements, are important for the former mayor to try and court more social conservative voters, particularly in the South. Vitter further added, “I’m convinced that Rudy Giuliani isn’t running for president to push forward in an aggressive way some liberal social agenda. “I think you’re going to see that isn’t what his campaign is about.” A major issue with social conservatives is the Mayor’s moderate positions on abortion, gay rights, and gun control. However, Giuliani has vowed to appoint judges who are strict constructionists, that would not legislate from the bench. He appealed to conservative GOP’s to welcome moderates into the “Big Tent”, and noted that while some disagreements surely exist, there is room in a national party that wishes to be the majority party for differing views.