Dobson fires harsh criticism at presidential hopeful McCain, makes no mention of Bible Belt favorite
The Scrooge Report
Feb. 6, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Despite James Dobson’s anti-McCain stance released publicly shortly before Super Tuesday, the Focus on the Family founder made no mention of Bible Belt favorite Mike Huckabee.
Dobson’s apparent snub did not stop a majority of evangelicals from voting Tuesday for the former Baptist pastor, as their vote helped Huckabee win Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Most new agencies are reporting today that the evangelical vote was huge for Huckabee, such as in states like Georgia, where 64 percent of Republican voters identified themselves as evangelical Christians, with Huckabee winning 41 percent of such voters.
Dobson, considered by many as a having a strong influence in the Christian community, went so far as to say he would not vote for a president should John McCain win the Republican nomination.
He wrote in his public statement: “Should John McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life.”
Huckabee has made it clear he is a man of Christian faith throughout the campaign. However, despite an apparent sharing of Christian values, Dobson has not been endorsing Huckabee.
Dobson’s announcement concludes: “These decisions are my personal views and do not represent the organization with which I’m affiliated. They do reflect, however, my deeply held convictions about the institution of the family, about moral and spiritual beliefs, and about the welfare of our country.”
While Dobson has previously denied endorsing any candidate, his omission of Huckabee in public statements that he insists are is his personal views and not that of his organization has some voters perplexed.
Followers of Christ often consider themselves brothers and sisters of the same family of believers. Some Christians question why Dobson would not endorse Huckabee, a member of “the church family”.
William Blake, a voter in California agreed. “Dobson has done some crazy things before,” he said.
Speculation about a possible Dobson endorsement of Huckabee has surfaced in internet discussions often. Dobson garners a huge audience in a variety of mediums, including radio. Focus on the Family is a non-profit organization that produces Dobson’s internationally syndicated radio programs, heard on over 3,000 radio facilities in North America and in 27 languages in approximately 4,130 additional facilities in more than 160 other countries.
Photo: James Dobson (Focus on the Family)