by Steven Ertelt
February 8, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After snubbing likely Republican nominee John McCain, pro-life leader Dr. James Dobson has issued an endorsement for GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor is hoping to launch a late comeback against McCain, who has more than half of the delegates needed to capture the nomination.
Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, has never issued an endorsement in a presidential primary before and this one didn’t come until McCain and Huckabee were the only two major candidates left standing.
He said Huckabee’s "unwavering positions on the social issues" including "the sanctity of human life, resonate deeply with me and with many others."
"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," Dobson added.
Dobson acknowledged that Huckabee will have a hard time winning 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," he said.
The endorsement came after Dobson released a statement on Tuesday criticizing McCain for his stance in favor of embryonic stem cell research and on other political issues.
Ironically, Huckabee "responded" to Dobson’s statement by saying he and others need to be more focused on the greater cause.
"Well, you know what? They’re not a conservative," Huckabee told CNN.
"If they say that, then that just proves something: They’re more about themselves than they are the cause. Because there’s no way that a true conservative would vote for Hillary Clinton," he added.
He told CNN he respects McCain and "would certainly vote for him before I would vote for Hillary or Obama."
"Some people need to switch to decaf and realize, folks, we may not get all of our battles just like we want, but there’s a larger context in which this has to be fought," Huckabee added.