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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  May 10, 2007
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Rudy Giuliani's Radio "Date" and His Political Fate

For a return "engagement," does Rudy have the stuff? Or would another interview by Laura be too tough?

If Rudy Giuliani was the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, his likelihood of becoming President would be great. But, with lovely Laura Ingraham, Rudy made and kept a radio date that may have sealed his political fate.

Rudy was hopeful when Laura temptingly said, "Come on my show."

If Rudy really was smart, he would have said, "NO!"

One might have expected Rudy's current (third) wife to warn him to stay away from Laura (even by telephone).

Apparently not.

To be sure, Laura is not a romantic rival of Judy Giuliani for Rudy's affections. Fervently pro-life and constitutionally faithful Laura chose to convert to Roman Catholicism. Conversely, Rudy, baptized Catholic as an infant, chose to become a NARAL champion. Laura/Rudy would be a match made in hell, not heaven.

During the 1990's, Rudy was preferable to his Democrat rivals for Mayor of liberal New York City. He was a frequent guest on Laura's television show during the last millenium.

During this millenium, Rudy had never been a guest on Laura's popular radio program ("The Laura Ingraham Show"). But Rudy is a confident man running for president and he succumbed to the temptation to talk with Laura again.


Rudy loves to talk about terrorism and crime and even though all of the Republican presidential hopefuls are against both terrorism and crime, even conservative interviewers have tended to indulge him.

With Laura, the chance that would happen was nil, not even slim.

On May 8, 2007, Rudy finally appeared by telephone on "The Laura Ingraham Show" and his political aspirations suffered a fatal blow.

The Republican Party is the pro-life party. Yes, Rudy leads in the polls, but he's the only one of the ten announced candidates who supports abortion on demand as a permissible choice and Rudy was not planning on Laura being the unborn babies' voice.

Yes, Laura was charming. Her tone was friendly. Never shrill. But she asked question after question that exposed Rudy's unsuitability as a Republican presidential candidate.

Laura opened by asking a question that Rudy did not answer and for which pro-lifers should be grateful: You have said that you hate abortion. Why is abortion hateful?

During the first Republican presidential candidates debate, Rudy had tried to be both pro-abortion and pro-choice (it doesn't work, Rudy) and actually said it's "okay" with him whether Roe v. Wade is overruled or reaffirmed (now there's decisive leadership) before finally supporting a woman's "right to choose" that "medical procedure" that Rudy claims to find so "hateful."

For Laura's abortion-related questions, Rudy understandably was not grateful.

Rudy must have hated the question even more than abortion. He never answered it. Instead, he praised choice.

Laura graciously didn't point out that Rudy had filibustered instead of answering.

Was Rudy's charm working?


Instead, Laura asked Rudy why he and his then wife had contributed to Planned Parenthood in the 1990's.

Records show that Rudy donated money to Planned Parenthood at least six times during the 1990s. According to Politico, the federal income tax returns indicate Rudy and his second wife (Donna Hanover) made several personal donations to nation, state and city chapters of Planned Parenthood in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999 totaling $900.

Most Republicans don't want a candidate who donates to the nation's largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood.

When it comes to abortion. Rudy seems to be even more popular with the abortion crowd than Hillary Clinton (not helpful for a Republican presidential hopeful).

In 1999 New York NARAL's PAC contributed $1000 to Mr. Giuliani and one fourth of that amount ($250) to Hillary. (At the time, each of them was contemplating a race for a United States Senate seat from New York.)

Rudy's opening remarks at NARAL's "Champion of Choice" luncheon in 2001 are illuminating as to how "hateful" Rudy finds abortion: "I thank NARAL for taking the lead in establishing freedom of choice for all of us, and as the mayor of New York City, I thank you for being here in New York City."

In addition, Rudy and the other attendees were "upholding a distinguished tradition that began in our city starting with the work of Margaret Sanger" (a founder of Planned Parenthood), Rudy asserted.

Rudy might hoped that Laura had flirted, but instead she left him figuratively exposed and disconcerted.

Rudy claimed that as mayor he had encouraged the adoption alternative with increasing success, but Laura questioned his statistics and increased his stress.

Rudy was foolish to appear with Laura. Laura put and kept him on the spot, skewering him with exquisite skill. She even mentioned the 22-week old who has survived outside her mother's womb, leaving Rudy and his campaign team filled with gloom.

Rudy wanted to speak about the thousands killed on September 11, 2001, NOT the tens of millions aborted since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

For Rudy, his half-hour interview by Laura must have been sheer misery.

When Laura said to Rudy "with all due respect" that he must know that the Framers did not intend a right to abortion, Rudy squirmed and neither expressly denied or confirmed . It was apparent to perceptive listeners that, to Rudy, not much respect is due and his "date" with Laura was his Waterloo.

Laura even compared Rudy to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

For Rudy, it HAD to be gruesome. (Rudy and Laura will NEVER be a twosome.)

Laura closed the interview by inviting Rudy back!

The man would be better off being on the rack.

Yes, if you ask me questions about terrorism, security and crime, Rudy whimpily said.

Rudy's hope of being the pro-life party's presidential candidate should be dead.

For a return "engagement," does Rudy have the stuff? Or would another interview by Laura be too tough?

Michael J. Gaynor

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to,,, and and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

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