January 4th, 2008
03:29 PM ET
10 years ago

James Dobson lauds Huckabee win

(CNN) - Focus on the Family founder James Dobson pointed to Mike Huckabee’s Iowa caucus win Friday as evidence that religious voters remain a “powerful force” in U.S. politics.

“The results of the Iowa caucuses reveal that conservative Christians remain a powerful force in American politics. That had to be a great shock to those on the far left,'” Dobson said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

Dobson, who has not officially endorsed a presidential candidate, took aim at "media elites" for dismissing the influence of Christian voters, and said Huckabee's win "was evidence of an energized and highly motivated conservative community."

Nearly 60 percent of Iowa Republicans are self-identified evangelicals.

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Micah, Canon City, CO

    Hehe, I got shoved by that guy's security guard one time...but anyway...

    While I think it's fair to say that the Christian right is a significant social and political force, I can't say that their influence was underplayed at all thus far in the election– it's just classic Right-wing schtick. The media is only as liberal as the Rich Conservative Aryans that own it.

    I think he and his kind would do better to focus their righteous indignation on the Da Vinci Code and the Golden Compass...

    January 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Lou Tulsa Ok

    Talk about IDIOTS. You people who are ranting about a Christian man who won the Caucus had better wake up and smell the roses. The single thing America needs more than anything in leadership, is someone who tells the truth and knows his stuff. While Huckabee just happens to have been a pastor at one point in his life, he has been in politics a LOT longer, and is STILL CLEAN. That comes from his religious roots and his belief system. Why is that so hard to understand or accept? Would you prefer some woman who's running just to prove women can do it? Would you prefer a sophomore black guy running just because of his color? The truth is, Biden is the most well rounded and experienced and honest Democrat, but no one notices him.

    If you look back at the "character" of Bill or for that matter Hillary, or any of a lot of other politicians, you would be hard pressed to find anyone to hold a candle to Huckabee. My advice, if you have any brains at all, and that appears doubtful based on your blogs, is to look at the MAN, not at his religion. For that matter, at least he has one he believes in and actually LIVES. We can do a LOT worse than Huckabee, and probably will considering the level of mentality exhibited here. Sad day in America when a good man is castigated because he is GOOD and stands for something. You people are NUTS.

    January 4, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, Diamond Bar CA

    Reply to Mike in Iowa:

    Being on the womens side, when she makes her own health deciosions and gay marriage are actually good things in the 21st century. Your thinking of a 14th century, now c'mon, I'll hold your hand and help walk you to the 21st century. Don't be afraid, Its so much more beautifull here, must be that the gays have decorated it.

    January 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, Diamond Bar CA

    The REAL tough question is not whether a christian coould be a Democrat (heck Jesus was a liberal, you know peace on earth and turn the other cheek stuff), but the question is...............


    January 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    If Iowa is 60% evangelical, please remind me not to go there.

    January 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Jeremy

    Dobson is actually quite embarassed as he declined to endorse Huckabee early on, thinking he was a lost cause. Now he has to ingratiate himself back in to the fray, because he is an egomaniac. Dobson is to America as al-Sadr is to Iraq.

    January 4, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Matt

    How ae the Christians not a vaild group of voters? The majority of the country is Christian and if they vote for Mike Huckabee, accept it.

    January 4, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Pierce

    There's NO WAY you can be a member of the FAR LEFT and be Christian. FAR LEFT stands for gay marriage and abortion. The Bible has very clear stances on those issues and those stances do not align themselves with people on the FAR LEFT. Sorry, thats just the way it is. Too bad if that hurts your feelings.

    January 4, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Paul Harman

    Chris, you can't be on the far left and be a true Christian because leftist ideology is contrary to biblical principles

    January 4, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. theospartacus

    Where in the bible or the Consitution does it call the United States Government to feed the poor? No, Christ called his people to feed the poor and take care of the weak. American Boy and John K seem to believe that Christians should not be involved in politics. I would ask them, are you glad for what William Wilberforce did in getting slavery abolished in England? This is what Charles Finney said about the subject:

    [T]he time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them. . . . Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter. But the time has come when they must act differently. . . . Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course they [Christians] take [in politics].

    January 4, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. donna

    Someone needs to take a stand for religious beliefs because that is one of the principles this country was founded on. The next president needs to lead this nation back to the basic truths and principles this country was founded on. I do not believe that Hillary Clinton is the person to do this, nor Obama. 8 years of one Clinton is enough, and the laughs of other nations when Bill lied about his extramarital affairs. Both have their own agenda's to pass and really don't have a clue about what is best for this country. May we wake and take this election seriously for the sake of future generations. We need a president who will stand up to the countries that believe the U.S. can be trampled upon, pressed down, and destroyed. this is the greatest country to live in and we should appreciate our freedoms and be grateful to those that have fought for it.

    January 4, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Ben, Jacksonville FL

    Before this, the only thing I had heard from Dobson regarding the election was that he was telling everyone NOT to vote for Rudy Giuliani.

    Anyway, can't I be pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and Christian all at the same time?? I certainly do not (heart) Huckabee. He's a theocrat and nothing more.


    January 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Mabel

    It sickens me that Dobson has as much influence as he does in this country. His dangerous mix of psychology, "Christianity", and right-wing ideology have damaged countless people. His hatred for gays and lesbians is well-known. He is a throwback to the 19th century.

    January 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. dawg1

    those of you who insist upon calling others bible thumpers, idiots, and bible fanatics need to know that Christians may be the source of what is keeping your loved ones safe in the war against terror if they are in Iraq and that your unbelief and ridicule is no different that when Christ himself walked upon the earth. This may be the 21st century but sin is still sin....gay marriage, sex before marriage, murder, and many others are what is causing the nation to suffer. read the bible and see what the book says on t he issues.

    January 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Open Minded

    Sure is a lot of hatred being vented here. I thought Democrats were the party of acceptance and open-mindedness.

    January 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Ryan, New York, NY

    Shane January 4, 2008 5:22 pm ET

    I see a bunch of Anti-Christians posting here, however Jesus loves each and everyone the same. It doesn't matter how many Christian's or Non-Christians vote, God will always have the ultimate say so!
    You're right, so why are Christians so obsessed with forcing (not merely suggesting and teaching) others to follow every belief that they have? If that's the real belief, let people live their lives on earth as they want and let God sort it out in the end. You can still live your Christian life without forcing your religion on others who don't believe it through governmental programs and mandates.

    January 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. Mark

    I'm not a Huckabee supporter, and will never be a Huckabee supporter just because I think he's wrong on most of the issues.

    BUT, the majority of the posts here are absolutely absurd. Mike Huckabee is not going to turn our nation into a theocracy, he has merely used his faith to appeal to voters just like so many other politicians have done. The difference between him and the others is that he has been more effective. The reason he has been more effective is not because of his support for a theocracy, but because he has the religious background to support his adherence to these beliefs.

    Those of you who are claiming that he is a liberal need to get your facts straight. While he does lean liberal on economic issues, he is the most socially conservative candidate in the field. He has a very consistent socially conservative philosophy that lacks hypocricy and is rooted in his christian beliefs. That being said, he can be accused of being too liberal when it comes to economic issues, and that he would expand the size of the federal government.

    He's probably going to make a stronger than expected third place (or higher) showing in New Hampshire, and then go on to win Nevada, South Carolina, and Florida. Polls in December had Huckabee showing up strong in those 3 states, so how do you think he'll do in those state after winning Iowa and taking in the influx of money that comes along with that. If that happens, and it is very likely, I highly doubt he'll be an "afterthought," and it may be enough to carry him through Super Tueday and take the nomination.

    January 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Mark

    I did not comment on the Federal Sales Tax idea because it will not happen. It's impractical and only a variation on it that deviates substantially from his could work, but the idea he supports will not ever happen.

    Like I said, he's wrong, but he's not a fake conservative or a mad man who will govern America like a Christian Taliban.

    January 4, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. lawyerchik1

    Dobson and his group got us Jimmy Carter, and with the benefit of history, we can see what a disaster that was. Let's hope he doesn't saddle us with Huckabee.

    January 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. alan

    Reply to Paul Harman:
    That's right Paul! As long as you have your "biblical principles" in order, it is ok to let the sick and homeless suffer, and withhold mercy and compassion to the addicted and afflicted. a big raspberry to you, my friend. blth!

    January 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. SDC in Ohio

    Dobson is quite correct in saying most Christians vote Republican. It's just a fact. It doesn't mean they can't be Democrats.. it just means that historically they don't vote that way. No big deal.

    However, it is equally true that picking a president just because they are a Christian, is probably not a good idea (the last 8 years prove that).

    Being a Christian doesn't necessarily give you great policy insights.

    But just as certainly, all the people trashing Christians here – isn't right either. We're supossed to be a nation of freedom.

    January 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Sarge in Florida

    Dobson is a useless piece of a human being. Preaches the gospel and yet hates certain group. he will stand before GOD and sent straight to hell. Along with Huckabee.

    January 4, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Open Minded,

    Just because we pick on you doesn't mean we don't accept you, we accept all the conservatives for the neanderthals they are, with love...

    January 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Lynn, FL

    Dear Open Minded,

    Sadly, the Democrats are only accepting and and open minded to their own ideas, and they try to make the Republicans and or conservative Christians out to be the intolerant ones. I guess if they accept immoral things and reject moral things somehow that means they are the tolerant ones in their minds. Christians that follow what the Bible teaches are intolerant of what God says to be intolerant of, but we love the sinner and hate the sin. There is a big difference, that sadly many Christians don't even understand, because they have not been taught well and or don't study the Bible for themselves.

    January 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Fernando

    Huckabee's place is in a church, not the White House. We critize Iran, but the U.S. has become nothing less than a christian theocracy, just without the overt repression. And by the way, in the United States there is no "far left", there isn't even a left, tepid moderates are now considered left, this is how far right the "Republican Revolution" has led us.

    January 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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