Dr. James Dobson Endorses Huckabee for President

Former Governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee received an endorsement from Dr. James Dobson, the founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, following statements from Dobson indicating that he could not in conscience vote for Senator John McCain.

Dr. Dobson spoke on Thursday night, making it clear that he was giving the endorsement as a private citizen, and that his statements did not amount to an official Focus on the Family endorsement. Dr. Dobson emphasized Huckabee's commitment to marriage and the family, and gave his support to Huckabee, despite his uphill battle in the presidential race.

"His unwavering positions on the social issues, notably the institution of marriage, the importance of faith and the sanctity of human life, resonate deeply with me and with many others," said Dr. Dobson. "That is why I will support Gov. Huckabee through the remaining primaries, and will vote for him in the general election if he should get the nomination. Obviously, the governor faces an uphill struggle, given the delegates already committed to Sen. McCain. Nevertheless, I believe he is our best remaining choice for President of the United States."

Dobson said he could not vote for Senator McCain in good conscience, citing in particular his lack of support for the family and his overall poor record on the preservation of a socially conservative policy.

"My decision comes in the wake of my statement on Super Tuesday that I could not vote for Sen. John McCain, even if he goes on to win the Republican nomination," Dobson said. "His record on the institution of the family and other conservative issues makes his candidacy a matter of conscience and concern for me."

Dr. Dobson said that the decision of Mitt Romney to put his campaign on hold influenced his decision, and that Huckabee is now the only candidate in the field that he can vote for in good conscience. Dobson's condemnation of McCain came only days after McCain was endorsed and praised by Republicans for Choice, a pro-abortion Republican Political Action Committee.

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  • Guest

    gmstmh – God sets before us Life and death. He tells us to choose Life. Those who promote "choice" are talking about a "choice" of killing an innocent baby.That is the denial of both Life and Family. Those who try to proclaim themselves "Christian" while advocating abortion and  "alternate lifestyles" are just NOT. Jesus has told us to show our love of Him by keeping His Commandments: You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, etc.

       As Bishop Sheen had said: "The Truth is still true, even if no one believes it, and a lie is still a lie, even if everyone believes it." We must choose Life and support traditional families or our society will self-destruct. We cannot deny God or reject His Rules.

  • Guest

    I agree.  NOW is the time for all pro-life people to make a noise. 


    Otherwise, the nominee running to the center will be embracing the culture of death's status quo to attract that "mainstream" vote.

  • Guest

    I will continue to pray that God will lift up the candidate of his choosing. I do not think it is Governor Huckabee.

    His pro life position reminds me of Bush all talk no action. His legislation had no effect but it sure looks good. And that says it all about Huckabee, looks good but no substance.

  • Guest

    Address to the U.S. House of Representatives
    delivered on the Floor of the House January 31 – February 2, 2000

    Ron Paul

    The prime reason government is organized in a free society is to protect life-not to protect those who take life. Today, not only do we protect the abortionist, we take taxpayers funds to pay for abortions domestically as well as overseas. This egregious policy will continue to plague us well into the 21st Century.

    A free society designed to protect life and liberty is incompatible with government sanctioning and financing abortion on demand. It should not be a surprise to anyone that as abortion became more acceptable, our society became more violent and less free. The irony is that Roe vs. Wade justified abortion using a privacy argument, conveniently forgetting that not protecting the innocent unborn is the most serious violation of privacy possible. If the location of the fetus is the justification for legalized killing, the privacy of our homes would permit the killing of the newborn, the deformed, and the elderly-a direction in which we find ourselves going. As government-financed medical care increases, we will hear more economic arguments for euthanasia-that's "mercy" killing for the benefit of the budget planners. Already we hear these economic arguments for killing the elderly and terminally ill.

    Last year the House made a serious error by trying to federalize the crime of killing a fetus occurring in an act of violence. The stated goal was to emphasize that the fetus deserved legal protection under the law. And indeed it should and does-at the state level. Federalizing any act of violence is unconstitutional; essentially all violent acts should be dealt with by the states. And because we have allowed the courts and Congress to federalize such laws, we find more good state laws are overridden than good federal laws written. Roe vs. Wade federalized state abortion laws and ushered in the age of abortion. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, if passed into law, will do great harm by explicitly excluding abortionists, thus codifying for the first time the Roe vs. Wade concept and giving even greater legal protection to the abortionist.

    The responsibility of the Congress is twofold. First, we should never fund abortions. Nothing could be more heinous than forcing those with strong right-to-life beliefs to pay for abortions. Second, Roe vs. Wade must be replaced by limiting jurisdiction, which can be done through legislation-a constitutional option. If we as a nation do not once again show respect and protect the life of the unborn, we can expect the factions that have emerged on each side of this issue to become more vocal and violent. A nation that can casually toss away its smallest and most vulnerable members and call it a "right" cannot continue to protect the lives or rights of its other citizens.


    Show me where Huckabee speaks with the same depth of understanding, passion, true commtiment to Constitutionally sanctioned change, Historical context, show me!  You can't.

    He often stands alone, a single voice crying out for true justice.  Where does he get the courage and integrity to stand up and speak for freedom, year after year?

    Why is he the only one, of all the Candidates (except Keyes) able to claim this distinction?

    He is the real thing that's why. Huckabee is not.

  • Guest

    As of today, McCain has enough delegates for the nomination. Without the pro-life wing.