"This guy didn't even support Ronald Reagan."
Rudy Giuliani on Monday, November 26th, 2007 in MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
Hitting him where it hurts
Rudy Giuliani, the only GOP candidate who says he supports abortion rights, might have the hardest time making that sale, since Reagan's legacy is so wrapped up in his socially conservative views. Even so, Giuliani has made much of the past statements of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has admitted he did not always support the Gipper.
The Romney admission in question, like much else Romney has tried to bury in his past, came in a 1994 Senate debate when Romney faced Edward Kennedy. The topic was economics. Kennedy said: "And under your economic program, under the program of Mr. Reagan and Mr. Bush, we saw the growth in terms of the unemployment, the growth in the number of children living in poverty, the growth in terms of those children out of wedlock."
Romney responded: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush."
Romney has since gone out of his way to distance himself from such remarks, repeatedly referencing Reagan in glowing terms on the campaign trail this year and acknowledging his own conversion to social conservatism on hot-button issues like abortion and gay rights.
"Now, I wasn't always a Ronald Reagan conservative," Romney told a meeting of conservative activists in January. "Neither was Ronald Reagan, by the way."
We find Giuliani correctly characterizes his rival's past statements and find the claim to be True.
Published: Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
Sources:MSNBC's "Morning Joe," "Rudolph Giuliani," Nov. 26, 2007
Boston Globe, "Romney reaches for Reagan touch," by Scott Helman, Nov. 25, 2006
Senate debate 1994, "The real Romney?," Romney vs. Kennedy
Associated Press, "Romney says he was 'wrong' for moderate stands in 1994 Sen. race," by Glen Johnson, Jan. 11, 2007
Boston Globe, "Romney urges Ga. gathering to look at record," by Scott Helman, Jan. 7, 2007
We want to hear your suggestions and comments.
For tips or comments on our Obameter and our GOP-Pledge-O-Meter promise databases, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the wording of the promise.For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.
Keep up to date with Politifact:
- Sign up for our e-mail (about once a week)
- Put a free PolitiFact widget on your blog or Web page
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on Truth-O-Meter items
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on GOP Pledge-O-Meter items
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on Obameter items
- Advertise on PolitiFact
- Shop the PolitiFact store for T-shirts, hats and other PolitiFact swag