Texas’s Perry endorses Giuliani

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said he “took the measure” of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani before deciding that he was the best choice to be president.

Perry’s endorsement brings significant conservative credibility to Giuliani’s campaign just as the former mayor’s rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, looks to do the same by announcing he has secured the endorsements of Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) and Bob Jones III.

Perry told reporters at a Wednesday morning press conference that he was able to make peace with Giuliani’s position on abortion by receiving assurance that Giuliani would nominate “strict constructionist” judges like Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.

“I’ve looked him in the eye,” Perry said. “I’ve asked him the hard questions.”

When asked for an example of those hard questions, Perry said he wanted to know “what type of individuals can I expect … on the Supreme Court?”

Perry said he was “comfortable” with Giuliani’s responses.