Houston (AP) -- Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani has asked conservatives to look past his support for abortion rights, arguing that his stance on the issue should not disqualify him from being the party's nominee.
The former New York City mayor has struggled in the last week to explain his personal opposition to terminating pregnancies with his record of favoring a woman's right to choose.
Speaking Friday at Houston Baptist University, Giuliani said he has opposed abortion all his life. But he said the decision should ultimately be left to individuals and that their decisions should be respected, saying he would "grant women the right to make that choice."
Friday, he also emphasized his conservative credentials on tax cuts, crime and the war in Iraq before clarifying his support for abortion rights.
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