James Dobson of Focus on the Family on John McCain: â€œI pray that we donâ€™t get stuck with himâ€
It was rumored last Fall that Evangelical Christian leader James Dobson who dislikes John McCain and has made disparaging remarks about him would endorse fellow Evangelical Mike Huckabee for President. But, he didn’t.
Now, with the GOP nomination safely secured by John McCain with little hope that Southern Baptist minister Huckabee could actually beat McCain, Dobson endorses him.
But, Huckabee’s campaign is woefully underfunded. Will Dobson’s support be enough to put Huckabee in the top tier, despite the money shortfall?
So, who wins?
Huckabee and Giuliani (divides the social conservative vote in Iowa and South Carolina – delivers 3rd place in Iowa)
Mitt Romney who has ACTIVELY courted the pro-life social conservative vote and who now must contend in Iowa and South Carolina with Mike Huckabee.
Fred Thompson loses. He will finish NO higher than 4th place in Iowa or New Hampshire. A slight lead he currently enjoys in South Carolina will it hold up?
Did the Pat Robertson endorsement prove to be the GAMBIT that delivers the GOP nomination to Rudy? And, possibly the VP to Huckabee?
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The most surprising recent national polling result was an answer given by Republicans who attend church weekly when Gallup asked their presidential preference. A plurality chose Rudy Giuliani, a Catholic who in 1999 said: “I don’t attend regularly, but I attend occasionally.” Their choice raises deep concern among prominent conservative Republicans who feel it would be a serious mistake for leaders of the religious right to scorn the former mayor of New York.
This is threatening to become a major problem because, contrary to the conventional wisdom, Giuliani has stubbornly kept first place in national surveys of all Republican voters. His elevated status cannot be written off as merely superior name identification. He no longer seems uncomfortable as a Republican and clearly dominated the most recent presidential debate last week in Dearborn, Mich. The real possibility that Giuliani might actually be the Republican nominee led a group of religious conservatives, meeting in Salt Lake City Sept. 29 under the leadership of James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family, to consider a third-party alternative.
The Flap first mentioned here has neither deterred voter support for Mayor Giuliani nor scared GOP operatives to rally behind another GOP Presidential candidate. Moreover, the Dobson, Viguerie, Land Salt Lake Group group appear to be splitting their own constituency.
But the situation is not a simple confrontation between the Christian right and Giuliani. The Gallup data suggests that Dobson and the Salt Lake City group may be out of touch with rank-and-file churchgoers. A well-known social conservative, who asked that his name not be used, is disturbed by Dobson saying he could not vote for Giuliani under any conditions. Apart from being the lesser of two evils against Sen. Hillary Clinton, Giuliani seems to be the positive choice of millions of religious Americans.
It is HYPOCRITICAL of James Dobson and other members of the Christian Right to be willing to help Hillary Clinton win the Presidency when Rudy Giuliani has pledged to appoint â€œstrict constuctionistâ€ (certainly MORE pro-life than Hillaryâ€™s appointees) judges to the federal bench.
Apparently others, including religious values voters agree.
Flap agrees with you Michael. It is HYPOCRITICAL of James Dobson and other members of the Christian Right to be willing to help Hillary Clinton win the Presidency when Rudy Giuliani has pledged to appoint “strict constuctionist” (certainly MORE pro-life than Hillary’s appointees) judges to the federal bench.
Is James Dobson being cast out from GOP Presidential politics? Is Dobson IRRELEVANT?
Flap KNOWS all Evangelical Christian voters will NOT abandon the GOP to either vote for Hillary, vote for a third party candidate or stay home.
And, then what?
THIS dust-up certainly does not help Fred Thompson.
Who is left?
Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson concludes a short news conference in a hanger at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007. Thompson says he doesnâ€™t need the support of influential evangelical Christian leader James Dobson to win over conservative voters. Dobson accuses the former Tennessee senator as being a weak conservative with â€˜no passionâ€™ in a private e-mail obtained this week by The Associated Press.
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