Saturday morning will be Rudy Giuliani's turn to step up to the plate and take a swing at wooing conservative voters at the Family Research Council Washington Briefing: Values Voter Summit.
It's no easy task, but not the first time in the last month that Giuliani has addressed a crowd he doesn't see eye-to-eye with. A phone call from his wife Judith helped him out at the NRA conference, but can he try that again on Saturday morning?
The crowd of over 2000 in Washington has heard from the entire Republican presidential field and the key question for Saturday will be who has emerged as a clear favorite, if anyone.
Over 4000 people, all members of FRC Action, are expected to vote in Saturday's straw poll and they will be asked to answer three questions:
1. Which of the following candidates for president would you be most likely to vote for? (candidates are listed alphabetically)
2. Who of the following candidates would be least acceptable to you as President of the United States? (choose one candidate only)
3. Please indicate which issue is the most important in determining your opinion of the candidate that you will most likely vote for – choose one:
-Abortion, including partial birth abortion and taxpayer funded abortion
-Embryonic stem cell experimenting
-Prayer in schools
-Public display of the Ten Commandments
-Federal hate crime legislation
-Reinstatement of the fairness doctrine
-Taxpayer funding for abortion
-Permanent tax relief (marriage penalty and child tax credit)
-Voluntary student-led prayer in schools
-Enforced obscenity laws
Participants are given a specific ID number and can only vote once, in person or via the Internet or mail. Results are announced at 3pm ET Saturday and summit organzier Tony Perkins holds a media availability immediately after.
The straw poll is, of course, non-binding and largely meaningless and the results should not be read as representative of the social conservative movement writ large. However, the Value Voters straw poll can serve as a testament to a campaign's ability to organize and motivate participants at this particular gathering.
Morning Session: 8:45 am ET to 12:00 pm ET
- Rudy Giuliani - Mike Huckabee
A top adviser to now-dropped out Sam Brownback heaped praise on Rudy Giuliani on Friday and told ABC News' Teddy Davis that an endorsement of the former New York mayor is a distinct possibility before the first votes are cast in the Republican presidential contest.
"He is making the same calculation that Republican primary voters are," said the adviser who spoke about Brownback's endorsement plans on the condition of anonymity. "Every indication is that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee and we will really have to sit down and ask ourselves: if that's the binary -- Clinton or non-Clinton -- ask yourself who is the most likely non-Clinton."
But later Friday, Brownback indicated through spokesman Brian Hart that an endorsement of Giuliani is not going to happen either now or in the future.
"I just spoke to Sen. Brownback," said Brownback spokesman Brian Hart. "He is not endorsing anyone today and he has no plans to endorse Mayor Giuliani at any time."