This reversal is probably music to Family Research Council President and summit organizer Tony Perkins's ears. He has a decidedly different view than the Brownback adviser and told reporters last week that in the eyes of social conservatives, there is no distinction between Clinton and Giuliani. "They are not identical, but when you consider those who have come into the race on an ideological path, they are not there to advance a party; they are sold out to advancing causes," Perkins said. "So, you get to the point where you have 2 candidates that are hard to separate between the issues."
More from ABC News' Davis: A Giuliani endorsement from Brownback, who ran for president on a "pro-life, whole life" platform and is ending his bid for the GOP's presidential nomination on Friday in Topeka, Kas., could signal to the political world that Giuliani has made significant progress in downplaying his support for abortion rights by emphasizing his commitment to appoint "strict constructionist" justices to the Supreme Court in the mold of current Justices Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, and Sam Alito.
"As long as we're in the Roe world, judges are the whole ballgame," said the Brownback adviser.
ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer reports that given his position on abortion and gay civil unions, Giuliani's support for the Republican nomination is considerably weaker among evangelicals as compared with other Republicans. Among non-evangelical Republicans (including Republican-leaning independents), Giuliani has nearly triple the support of his closest competitor, Fred Thompson (38-14). Among evangelicals, they're tied (23-22).
More from ABC News' Langer: Yes – Republican evangelicals are less likely to flatly rule out Giuliani than any of the other top contenders. But he does have a tough row to hoe: In an ABC News poll in June, 75 percent of evangelical Republicans (vs. 42 percent of other Republicans) said Giuliani's support for legal abortion and gay civil unions made them "less likely" to support him. The question is whether they find a preferable alternative.
Saturday evening Virginia Sen. Jim Webb addresses the New Hampshire Democratic Party Annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Manchester. The event is sold out - 1300 tickets sold at $50 each.
Sunday evening the Republican field gathers in Orlando FL for their seventh debate, sponsored by Fox News and airing at 8pm ET
Saturday, Oct. 20
On the campaign trail…
--9:10 am ET: Delivers remarks at the Washington Briefing 2007 Summit held at the Hilton Washington, DC.
--4:30 pm ET: Delivers remarks at the Presidency IV, Presidential Candidate's Rally in Orlando, FL.
--5:30 pm ET: Delivers remarks at the Presidency IV Presidential Candidates Rally in Orlando, FL.
-- 6:30 pm ET: Visits the Republican National Hispanic Association Reception in Orlando, FL
-- 7:00 pm ET: Visits the Florida Federation of Black Republicans Reception in Orlando, FL.
-- 7:30 pm ET: Hosts an Ice Cream Social for supporters in Orlando, FL.
-- No public events scheduled
-- 10:45 am ET: Londonderry GOP Annual Breakfast in Manchester, NH.
--1:00 pm ET: Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, NH.
--11:10 am ET: Addresses the 2nd Annual Washington Briefing 2007 Summit held at the Hilton Washington, DC.
-- 12:30 pm ET Media Availability in Washington Hilton
On the Democratic side…