Rudy Giuliani gave conservative values a rubdown this weekend.
The Republican presidential candidate popped in to NBC’s Meet The Press. As their alloted time came to a close, host Tim Russert raised the recent Huckabee AIDS stink and asked for Giuliani’s reaction. The former New York mayor claimed not to have seen the callous quarantine comments. Russert then upped the stakes by asking if Giuliani, a man who signed domestic partnerships into NYC law, finds homosexuality to be “aberrant, unnatural or sinful”.
Giuliani had a tough decision to make: how do you convince conservative voter that your not a queer lover, but remain political enough not to inflame the flamers. He may or may not have succeeded. Giuliani first roots his moral view in his Catholic upbringing. He then attempted to quells the queers by saying the way “somebody leads their life” is not sinful. Right wing and Evangelical ideology got some love, however, when he asserted, “It’s the acts, it’s the various acts that people perform that are sinful, not the–not the orientation that they have.” At least he didn’t say “lifestyle”.
Giuliani’s love the sinner, hate the sin approach may actually appeal to values voters. And they’ll probably appreciated his honesty when he reminded us all that he’s sinned. We’re not sure if he counts throwing the gays under the bus as one of his sins, but he should.
Here’s the MSNBC provided transcript:
TR: Our remaining minutes with Rudy Giuliani.
Mike Huckabee, leading the field in Iowa, told the Associated Press back in the ‘90s that AIDS patients should be quarantined and that “homosexuality was aberrant, unnatural and a sinful lifestyle.” What’s your reaction?
RG: My reaction is that I haven’t seen–on the second of that, I haven’t seen Mike’s comment. The first one I think he says that he didn’t have the information, that he’s changed his mind about it, it’s not his current position. Look, I got enough of my own statements and issues, as we’ve seen, that I have to deal with. I think Mike has to…
TR: But you don’t believe homosexuality is aberrant…
RG: Oh, no, no, no.
TR: …unnatural or sinful.
RG: My, my, my–no, I don’t believe it’s sinful. My, my moral views on this come from the, you know, from the Catholic Church, and I believe that homosexuality, heterosexuality as a, as a way that somebody leads their life is not–isn’t sinful. It’s the acts, it’s the various acts that people perform that are sinful, not the–not the orientation that they have.
TR: The Congress is discussing and…
RG: Which includes me, by the way. I mean, you know, unfortunately, I’ve had my own sins that I’ve had to confess and had to deal with and try to overcome and so I’m very, very empathetic with people, and that we’re all, we’re all imperfect human beings struggling to, to try to be better.