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RUSH: By the way, Obama’s fundraising. I told you this yesterday. ABC was late. I told you, Obama raised more money than Hillary, and he did it with almost twice as many donors. All of his money is for the primary. Twenty-five mil for the primaries, Hillary $26 million total for the primary and general. ABC finally on the case.

Rudy Giuliani may have stepped in it here on CNN talking about federal funding for abortion. He was talking to Dana Bash, the reporterette there at CNN, and here’s what he said to the first question.

GIULIANI: I’m in the same position now that I was 12 years ago when I ran for mayor, or as mayor, which was personally opposed to abortion, don’t like it, hate it, advise that woman have an adoption rather than an abortion. I’ll help you find the money for it. But it’s your choice. It’s an individual right. You get to make that choice. I don’t think society should be putting you in jail for it.

RUSH: All right, what he’s saying is, he’s making the case here for federally funded abortions on the basis, ‘Look, it’s a constitutional right, folks, and there’s nothing we can say that makes it otherwise. It’s a constitutional right.’ All right, fine, as far as it goes, but nowhere does the Constitution say that people get paid to exercise their rights, and that’s what the snafu here is about, is about federal funding for abortions. You know, just because you have a right doesn’t mean you have to exercise it and that when you do somebody is going to pay you for it, particularly the federal government. Dana Bash said, ‘Well, one of the things that you’ve said is that you will appoint strict constructionist judges.’

GIULIANI: That’s my philosophy. It’s the only way I can really see that we protect the separation of powers, personal liberties — and by ‘strict constructionist judges,’ I mean judges who will interpret the meaning of the Constitution. A strict constructionist judge can come to either conclusion about Roe against Wade. They can look at it and say, ‘Wrongly decided 30 years ago. Whatever it is, we’ll overturn it.’

BASH: What’s your personal view on Roe v. Wade?

GIULIANI: — or they can take a look at it and say, ‘It’s been the law for this period of time, therefore we’re going to respect the precedent.’ Conservatives can come to that conclusion as well. I’d leave it up to them. I would not have a litmus test on that.

RUSH: So he’s given the strict constructionist nominees a wide berth. They can respect precedent and not touch Roe v. Wade, or they can overturn it and claim it’s bad law. He’s not going to have a litmus test on this. Here’s the final one. The answer speaks for itself. We don’t need the question.

GIULIANI: Generally that’s my view, abortion is wrong, abortion shouldn’t happen, personally you should counsel people to that extent. When I was mayor, adoptions went up, abortions went down, but ultimately it’s a constitutional right, and therefore if it’s a constitutional right, ultimately, even if you do it on a state by state basis, you have to make sure that people protected.

BASH: So you support taxpayer money, public money for abortion in some cases?

GIULIANI: If it would deprive someone of a constitutional right, yes. If that’s the status of the law, then I would, yes.

RUSH: Well, that to me is interesting. If you have a right to do something but don’t have the money, then you’re being denied your access to the constitutional right. So, yes, we should fund abortion since it is the law of the land. That’s Rudy.

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