Will GOP voters accept Giuliani’s evolution on abortion?

NEW YORK (CNN) — It was 1989 and Kelli Conlin remembers her excitement as a member of Mayor-elect Rudy Giuliani’s transition team.

“It’s always exciting to have a new mayor coming in but this was a moderate Republican and moderate Republicans are hard to find,” Conlin said in an interview at her New York office.

Conlin is president of New York’s largest abortion rights organization and was appointed by Giuliani to the city’s Human Rights Commission. She still calls Giuliani a friend, but bristles at much of what she hears from him on abortion lately.

For example, a staple Giuliani campaign line is: “I would appoint judges that are strict constructionists.”

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