October 4th, 2007
12:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Dobson to social conservatives: No pro-choice candidate

Dobson is urging social conservatives not to back a pro-choice candidate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – James Dobson, a prominent social conservative leader, writes in The New York Times Thursday that conservative voters should not compromise their beliefs just to ensure that a candidate wins the election.

“Polls don’t measure right and wrong; voting according to the possibility of winning or losing can lead directly to the compromise of one’s principles,” Dobson wrote on the Op-Ed page of the newspaper.

“In the present political climate, it could result in the abandonment of cherished beliefs that conservative Christians have promoted and defended for decades.”

He added, “Winning the presidential election is vitally important, but not at the expense of what we hold most dear.”

At the very base, Dobson said a candidate should support “the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage, and other inviolable pro-family principles.”

Dobson, who is the founder of Focus on the Family Action, also noted that at a recent meeting with social conservatives in Salt Lake City, there was near unanimity to support a minor party candidate” if none of the major candidates seeking the nomination support their political beliefs.

“After two hours of deliberation, we voted on a resolution that can be summarized as follows: If neither of the two major political parties nominates an individual who pledges himself or herself to the sanctity of human life, we will join others in voting for a minor-party candidate,” Dobson wrote. “Those agreeing with the proposition were invited to stand. The result was almost unanimous.”

Dobson’s threat not to back a candidate who supports a strict social conservative agenda appears to hurt former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. But the Giuliani campaign has downplayed the potential threat of third party candidate, noting polls showing strong support for him among church-going evangelicals.

Asked Monday about the potential opposition from social conservatives, Giuliani reiterated his electablitity trump card.

"I run the most competitive against Hillary Clinton by a big big margin and I can take democratic states from her," he said. "Nobody else does that."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: James Dobson • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Tony Kash, Jackson, Tennessee

    It is a sad state of affair for our country when its citizens do not have a candidate that will come out of the primary elections that stand up for what is true according to what our country was founded upon. Many comments has been directed against the Christian community. I would like to remind everyone that it was because of a desire from our founding fathers to establish a country where there is freedom of religion. Freedom of religion is not the only freedom they were seeking, however it was one of the most prominent. Dr. Dobson is a man of character and stands upon what he believes. There are so many other people that are in the news that takes an opposing view to what Dr. Dobson believes, yet they are not bashed by the public as this man is in the comments submitted to this article. Regardless of what you or I think, unless our opinions line up with what the Word of God says, our opinions are of no value.

    I would love to see a candidate from either party be brave enough to stand up for what everyone knows down deep in their heart of what is right and of what is ethical. Candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties have their strengths and weaknesses. However, it would be a great day for our country when the citizens stand up and demand that our government does what we have elected them to do.

    They are in office to protect our Constitution and Bill of Rights. They are not elected to submit themselves to just the big businesses and wealthy, but they are to also submit themselves to the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the fatherless, and the widows. They are to submit themselves in service to the working class people of which keeps this country alive.

    Each party submits to a minority which either pads their pockets or yells the loudest. It is time that our government officials are held accountable to be as honest and fair as they impose laws on the citizens to be. There are too many scandals in our government of which sets a terrible example to the rest of the nation and to our children.

    We need someone leading our country that is strong in their military beliefs in order to keep our country safe. We need a president that submits himself/herself to the citizens as a whole, so everyone that has the initiative to work has the opportunity to do so and have a retirement that will see them through their elder years. In addition, health care should be a top priority for our government so that every American citizen can afford the best of health care without it draining our savings.

    However, above all else, we do need to return to the fundamental moral values that our forefathers possessed. I do share Dr. Dobson's spiritual, ethical, and moral values, but I also believe there may be a candidate within one of the two parties that holds the primary values that would serve our country with good moral ethics.

    Neither Mr. Giuliani or Mrs. Clinton are even close to what our founding fathers possessed when they established this country upon biblical principles.

    We all must remember the most true test of what a person is made of is what they do when they are absolutely free to make a choice. Maybe Giuliani nor Clinton should be the presidential candidates that represent the two parties.

    October 4, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    Philip in Elkhart,
    You are wrong to focus on one issue when you vote for president. Abortion is a wedge issue, not one of national importance.
    For the record I do not really approve of abortion. However there is a lot more to the issue than weather life begins at conception. It does.
    There is a big difference between an abortion and throwing the baby in a dumpster. What you are really against is using abortion as birth control. That use of abortion statistically has gone down dramatically! What if having the baby would kill the mother? For a lot of women with serious diabetes pregnancy can be a death sentence. What if the baby would be born severely retarded or deformed? What if the chances are very good that the child would not live anyway? What if the woman was brutally raped and is 14 years old, poor and uneducated? OK on that one we might put the child up for adoption if the fetus is healthy and normal. What about the psychological impact on the girl? And adoption is difficult now because of legal tangles. The mother might come back in five years after the adoptive couple raise the child and want the kid back!
    Nothing is black and white Philip. Go wash your hands.

    October 4, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Cindy, Kissimmee, Florida

    Dobson is GOD;s chosen one! Do as he says now or gay's will marry ending all straight marriages, Women will never give birth due to free abortions and cats and dogs will rain from the heavens

    October 4, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    I long for the day that humans can move forward, allow themselves to evolve, leaving behind the weak minds and atrophied beleifs of barbarians like him. I am so weary of reading about the millions who have been killed in the name of righteousness. Shaking free of all religion may be the only thing that will save our species.

    October 4, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Cindy, Kissimmee, Florida

    I sincerely hope that is an attempt at sarcasm; if it was Great job

    ...otherwise if not, you need serious help

    October 4, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Dobson is a idiot and he's no Christian.He will fry in hell with Falwell.

    October 4, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. millie hepburn, northumberland, pa

    Hey Dobson–stay out of politics–you're not worthy–sorry to burst your bubble–you are actually uptight, and like most of your sort- probably a closet homosexual!
    Didn't you read the constitution? It seems most right wing conservatives have not heard of religious freedom, seperation of church and state, etc?
    I have a deep seated spiritual belief system. That is between me and my god...and dobson simply isn't god–I don't think we need an unqualified middle man. I don't need you to interpret the bible for me, and by the way, you have completely missed god's message! Read again! We are ALL god's children, and I care for all as such–I am proud to be and American, NOT an elitist- all elitists are doomed to warm places. God doesn't condemn...but the devil does–

    October 4, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Frank Virginia Beach

    That's going to be difficult with Hillary Clinton in the mix. She is a guttersnipe for sure.

    October 4, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. Greg, Maryland

    This is a good dialogue. I've read all the posts so far. There are the people who hate 'social conservatives' for what they perceive as forcing morales on them when if fact they really hate themselves for allowing themselves to be tainted or even ruined by their own sexual license and promiscuity. There are the people who feel the Iraq war is an utter disaster and hate Bush for this as well because deep down these people, number one, don't like that Bush stands for morlaity, which includes sexual moderation & restraint, and, number two, because they feel utterly hopeless about the results of this war given their affinity for microwave-like or immediate results. The society we live in today in USA is made up of a bunch of toddlers who must have the needs and desires yesterday or today, but certainly not later where they are going to have to wait for the fruit of discipline and moderation.

    October 4, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. ty, phoenix, az

    Cindi, you've gotta be single, because NO man could possibly put-up with a whacko who believes cats and dogs will rain from the heavens if two women wish to be happy together. We're all our creator's chosen ones too; that's why we're all here. Whoever our creator may be that is.

    October 4, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm a Republican – and I am now with the growing majority of people in the US saying that the religious Christian minority does not run the country....nor the party any longer. I will vote for Giuliani because he represents the people of this country...the majority of the people in this country....unlike the Democrats or the other Republicans. People like Dobson are the very reason people don't vote for Republicans anymore – fiscal conservative and social liberal is where the new majority of the country is – we as a country will elect the next president (Giuliani) – not the party any longer....we need to send a message that fringe elements of the party nor longer have any control.

    October 5, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    "Sanctity of human life" to Republicans obviously only refers to fetuses. GOP isn't so sentimental about what happens to a person after birth.

    October 5, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Austin Fategoni

    It's time that our "melting pot nation" is not ran by individuals who base decisions, that will effect everyone, strictly on their religious views. I have respect for peoples pro-life choices that regard abortion (although I'm pro-choice), but discriminating against same-sex couples is ridiculous.

    January 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Lone Eagle Lost

    Clearly our choices will come down to a Democrate, and as a former Republican gone Independant I'm as confused as ever. Both sides make great points but the importent one like Immigration and Social Security, and Medical Care are being left out of serious debate because of the pro-oppose life issue and religions.

    I won't allow anyone to tell me what consistutes life and at what stage, and I won't allow anyone who tells me it's ok to give illegals free things while our own people starve and go without...our elderly are again being pushed to the sides and no one seems to care....why is that?

    I also don't care for a candidate who is supported by all wealthy , movie stars who already earn more then they have a right to, what with all our own kind going without as well. Or those supported by ex-Crips with hidden agendas.....who think that if their candidate is selected we will have a country ran by all blacks and for blacks.....which is racist thinking in itself.

    So needless to say I'm still confused as to who to choose but what I am not confused about is that the Right-Wing supporters are clueless and like lemmings to the edge of a cliff will follow whoever [generally Dobson and Robertson who have their own private agenda, and imo use God as much as religious fanatics do to browbeat you into submission] these types tell them to follow and if they do choose to follow Dobsons advice they will straight into Clintons hands.

    People start thinking for yourselves, ask and keep asking until someone answers you honestly........not an easy feat for any CAREER politician.......oh how I wish I knew who Billy Graham supported. *sigh*

    January 18, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Richmond, VA

    Just more proof that the religious right is DEAD. Its time to move on and face the fact that religion has NO place in politics. Would Dobson fight for the fetuses rights if it were gay? NO! Woul he fight for its equal rights if it were a female? NO! If it were Black or Latino? NO! America can see past the bull! Its time for a change, for equality for all, fairness for all! There's a popular saying "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a SACRAMENT" and its VERY true. 77% of ANTI abortion leaders are MEN ...100% of them WILL NEVER BE PREGNANT!
    Dobson is Pro Life but Pro WAR, Pro Family but Anti LGBT families, Christian but so full of hatred. You're time is UP dude, make like Jerry Falwell and DIE already! thanks!! 🙂

    I'm a Pro Choice male and supporter of Same Sex Marriages! DOWN WITH THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT!

    January 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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