Reed mentioned the successful election of Paul Coverdell to a U.S. Senate seat in 1992. “Coverdell said he was pro-choice,” Reed said. “He was not where we were on the abortion issue, but he was with us on funding, he was with us on judges, he was with us on partial-birth abortion. We really got his vote 99 percent of the time. He rose to leadership and helped defeat the Clinton health care plan. Were we mistaken to sit down and work out an understanding with him? Clearly not. It was the right thing to do.”
Of Giuliani’s often-made promises to conservative circles he would appoint “strict constructionist judges” in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to allay qualms about his spotty record on social issues, Reed gave some advice to the Giuliani campaign and the conservatives he’s courting.
Reed said: “Mayor Giuliani has to make the case to social conservatives of the party and the social conservatives are going to have to decide if he’s with us on judges and if he’s with us on the Hyde amendment and if he’s with us on partial-birth abortion, if that’s enough.”