Lightning Strikes During Giuliani Speech

Lightning silences Giuliani

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.

We made a formal prediction, despite the low importance of the event. The results show a slight positive outcome, but are consonant with a null effect. Chisquare is 3534.7 on 3600 df, for p = 0.339, and Z = 0.416.

Lightning Strikes
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