Pro-Life Leader Dr. James Dobson May Endorse John McCain for President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 21, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Leader Dr. James Dobson May Endorse John McCain for President

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 21
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — It appears evangelical pro-life leader Dr. James Dobson may be prepared to change his position and endorse John McCain for president. Dobson has previously expressed a reluctance to support the Arizona senator over his pro-abortion rival Barack Obama but Dobson said that may change.

"I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said one of his trademark radio broadcasts on Monday.

"While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might," he added.

The radio program featured Dobson and a guest, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler. The two spent most of the broadcast criticizing Obama, who supports unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense.

The Associated Press indicated Dobson, the head of Focus on the Family, provided a statement that featured more of an explanation about his change of heart.

"There’s nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context," Dobson said.

"Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation," Dobson explained. "His radical positions on life … force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain."

Dobson initially suggested he might not be able to support McCain because of a disagreement on embryonic stem cell research funding, but he said McCain’s position against abortion is solid and that must be considered.

AP also indicated that Dobson said McCain’s choice for a running mate will play a role in determining whether he eventually endorses the presidential hopeful.

Earlier this month, Dobson criticized the Obama campaign for an ad it was running on Christian stations and said it was misleading.

The Obama ad claimed certain people were trying to grab headlines and throw stones at Obama’s faith and it was aimed at Dobson, who has said Obama is misrepresenting his Christian faith by backing unlimited abortions.

In the broadcast, Dobson responded, "We are not throwing stones at Senator Obama for his faith. That’s off the wall. We are responding to his comments about the Bible and about us and about the Constitution. We don’t want to leave it on the record that we are throwing stones at Senator Obama to grab the headlines."

Last month, Dobson said Obama was misrepresenting his Christian views because he supports abortion.



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