View Full Version : Rudy, Iowa Christians, A Tough Sell

12-02-2007, 03:16 AM
From NBC/NJ’s Carrie Dann
DUBUQUE, IA -- It's no secret that Iowa Christian Alliance president Steve Scheffler isn't a Rudy fan. But tonight, within spitting distance of Giuliani’s rival GOP candidate Romney, Scheffler explicitly urged Iowa Christians to oppose Giuliani in the race for the nomination. "If our party nominates this guy," he told a crowd at a Dubuque gathering of the ICA, "we will see a bloodbath at the polls like we've never seen before."

Scheffler went on to slam Giuliani's position on same-sex marriage, life issues and gun rights. "Rudy Giuliani cannot be elected," he said, citing the ex-mayor's differences with social conservatives. "We cannot afford to nominate somebody who's out of touch with the base."

Scheffler made the remarks at a house party here before introducing Romney, who talked values and faith to Christian activists in Eastern Iowa. He did not comment on Scheffler's remarks when he took the mic himself.

The Iowa Christian Alliance has indicated that it will not endorse a candidate in advance of the Iowa caucuses. But it is widely considered to be one of the most influential organizing forces in the state for evangelical conservatives. Campaigns will likely watch the ICA's candidate briefing booklet -- to be released next Wednesday -- with close attention.

If you needed a sign that Giuliani might be in trouble in Iowa, consider this statement from Scheffler; Giuliani "needs to come in fourth place" in Iowa, he said. "Or," he added wistfully, "even worse."


Would they like Ron Paul....

12-02-2007, 03:20 AM
I'm glad they want him to come in 4th.

Paul is rising in Iowa in the latest poll and in 4 weeks can definitely be in 3rd place.

Right now Giuliani is in 3rd and flatlining. And his Sex on the City scandal has just started a couple days ago.

Thompson is in 4th right now, but dropping like a stone, losing HALF his support in one month.

Paul is in 5th right now and rising.