WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani was silenced temporarily by a lightning strike in Washington after being questioned about his religion.
The former New York mayor was asked for his response to recent comments by a religious leader who compared him to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who the Bible says condemned Jesus to death, when a lightning strike outside the venue briefly cut off power to his microphone, CNN reported Wednesday.
"For someone who went to parochial schools all his life, this is a frightening thing that's happening right now," Giuliani joked.
The candidate then defended his positions on religion and abortion.
"Religion is an important thing to me and my life, but ultimately I've been in public life most of my life, and taken oaths of office to enforce the law, and I've got to make the decisions that I think are the right ones in a country like ours," he said.
"My view on abortion is that it's wrong but that ultimately, government should not be enforcing that decision on a woman."