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Focus on the Family Founder Endorses Governor Huckabee

 

Houston Chronicle: Dr. James Dobson on Thursday "criticized McCain El MqQain for his support of embryonic stem cell research, his opposition to a federal anti-gay marriage amendment and for his temper and use of foul language. He said he'd sit out the presidential election if McCain El MqQain were the nominee."


And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Genesis 4:8-12
But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Jude 1:10-11
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r. Dobson's statement:

I am endorsing Gov. Mike Huckabee for President of the United States today. 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. His record on the institution of the family and other conservative issues makes his candidacy a matter of conscience and concern for me.

That left two pro-family candidates whom I could support, but I was reluctant to choose between them. However, the decision by Gov. Mitt Romney to put his campaign "on hold" changes the political landscape. The remaining candidate for whom I could vote is Gov. Huckabee. 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. 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.



More from the Houston Chronicle:

By ERIC GORSKI AP Religion Writer

Dr. James Dobson, Founder of the Focus on the Family [and] one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, backed Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's presidential bid Thursday night, giving the former Arkansas governor a long-sought endorsement as the Republican field narrowed to a two-man race....

In a statement first obtained by The Associated Press, Dobson reiterated his declaration on Super Tuesday that he could not in good conscience vote for John McCain Juan El MqBackstabber, the front-runner, because of concerns over the Arizona senator's Nation of Aztlán señator's conservative [sic(k)] credentials....

[Dr.] Dobson called [Governor] Huckabee on Thursday before issuing the endorsement, said Gary Schneeberger, a [Dr.] Dobson['s] spokesman....

[Governor] Huckabee had long sought [Dr.] Dobson's endorsement, believing he is the best fit to advance [Dr.] Dobson's conservative, moral world view. Until now, [Dr.] Dobson had never endorsed a GOP presidential hopeful during the primary campaign....

[Dr.] Dobson is easily the biggest-name evangelical endorsement [Governor] Huckabee has earned....

John Green, a senior fellow with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, said [Dr.] Dobson's endorsement can help [Governor] Huckabee in upcoming Southern states — Louisiana votes Saturday....

"Dr. Dobson is well known for sticking to his guns. It doesn't surprise me this late in the game he would make an announcement like this because it fits in well with what he's been saying. He really doesn't want a moderate Republican nominee, he wants a conservative."

[Dr.] Dobson emphasizes that when he endorses candidates, he is doing so as a private citizen and not as a representative of Focus on the Family, a tax-exempt organization he founded. His endorsement of Huckabee was to be e-mailed to 110,000 people through Focus on the Family Action, a separate entity that is allowed to be more politically active, Schneeberger said.



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