ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: Former Gov. Jim Gilmore, R-Va., accused Rudy Giuliani, a rival for the GOP’s 2008 presidential nomination, of misusing former President Ronald Reagan’s "11th Commandment" following Saturday’s presidential candidate forum in Des Moines, Iowa.
"You can’t misuse the 11th Commandment," Gilmore told ABC News in reference to the former New York mayor’s invocation of Reagan’s rule that Republicans should not attack one another. "Reagan ran against Gerald Ford," added Gilmore, referring to Reagan’s unsuccessful challenge to Ford from the Right for the Republican Party’s 1976 presidential nomination.
The former Virginia governor defended his "Rudy McRomney" attack on the conservative credentials of Giuliani, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., by telling ABC News: "I didn’t attack them personally. I just pointed out that they’re not conservatives," adding that, in his opinion, the GOP has to run a conservative if it wants to appeal to the strong majority of conservatives in the party.
Gilmore’s attack on "Rudy McRomney" was the harshest attack on the GOP frontrunners issued at Saturday’s gathering of the Republican presidential field in Des Moines, Iowa.
It was met with a smattering of boos from the audience of Republican Party donors.