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
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  1. Lara

    It is obviously impossible to call yourself a Christian and a Democrat. So much of what Democrats stand for are completely against what God calls His people to be. Gay rights? Abortion? Both are abominations to God.
    This is not hatred or judgemental– just logical approach to the obvious.
    I will take any Christian Rebublican to lead our country any day, as we can trust that they will be seeking God's guidance in their decisions.
    Hillary is all about self righteousness and considers herself God– that would be death to our country to allow ourselves to be led by such an immoral, ungodly woman with absolutely no values.
    Praying for God to lead our country to get it right– and get rid of Clinton.

    January 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Dobson is one scary creep. His army of evangelical nutjobs ushered in 'Seven Years of Darkness' by supporting Bush and now he wants people to support his choice again?!? No way! This guy's right up there with Mussolini, Pol Pot, and Manson. He's more interested in spreading his evil propaganda than taking care of America and the people that have been raped during the last seven years.

    January 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. William

    The Democrats have a big problem. America is neither ready for a black or a woman president. The rest are not president material.

    January 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Sarge in Florida

    To Lou

    look at the MAN, not at his religion..

    Then he should keep his religion out of my face. We don't need a president who will talk to GOD and get advice from him. We already have one that does that and look at the mess we are in. Wars and innocent people dying from him and Cheneys LIES!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Tom

    From a human standpoint, historically, Jesus of Nazareth may be the most liberal individual to have lived. Of course liberal positions in our society today want to ignorantly deny that Jesus himself has had more influence over the development of America, the Western World, and each of us individually, than any single person in history. Unfortunately, those who believe in Him really don't quite grasp what it is that they believe in. That has as much to do with socio-economics as it does with anything. This is being said with no reference to spirtuality, divinity, or theology taken into account.

    January 4, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. John, Salt Lake City, UT

    The "leftist ideology" regarding helping the downtrodden, improving opportunities (e.g., through education) for the poor and disenfranchised, and universal health care hardly qualify as "contrary to biblical principles". Jesus preached a lot more about loving your fellow man, turning the other cheek, healing the sick, being good shepherds to the earth, and helping the poor than he ever did about preventing gay marriage and abortion, the rights of citizens to own weapons, lowering taxes, and letting people fend for themselves when it comes to health care, poverty, or education. I suspect that Jesus would be as angry about abortion as most conservative Christians, but I don't see where any of the other major planks of the Republican Party would get much support from Him.

    To Huckabee's credit, many of the policies he espouses run counter to establishment Republican principles and are more in line with those espoused by Christ. Why do you think that so many establishment Republicans (neo-cons and corporate cons) are unloading on him? OMG, he raised taxes in Arkansas to pay for schools (under a judicial mandate). We can't have any of that - actually paying for things (rather than borrowing to pay for them) makes the Club for Growth angry!

    January 4, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Doney LaRive--Bellville, Texas

    If we are to keep America a free nation, then we have to keep a christian in the whitehouse:: a vote for Mike Huckibee is a step in the right direction ..
    Remember**** KEEP AMERICA FREE***

    January 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Alex--Texas

    Open Minded: you thought wrong, and open minded is another way of saying that you don't have any idea what you believe and you stand for nothing.

    It is true that Dobson thought Huckabee had no chance and therefore announced that Focus on the Family would not endorse a political candidate this election.

    However, with Huckabee's rising success and popularity it makes perfect sense that Dobson would ally himself with the one candidate who stands for Christian values and the strengthening of the family.

    Ryan from NY: We are not in the middle east to stop religious extremism, we are in the middle east to rescue people from oppression and violence. To liberate a nation.

    January 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Tom in N.H.

    Vote for the Huckster,he will be easiest to beat in November !

    January 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Canadian

    The process of your so-called Democracy leaves me depressed. While you all twitter about your favourite 'choice' for President, all I can remember is the message THE PEOPLE sent to your nation. The people asked your politicians to get the young men and women out of Iraq. I don't know, what are the numbers now ? almost 4,000 dead and I'm guessing 35,000 wounded. This is a sad day for peace loving people who really 'believe' in Democracy!!! I just keep thinking of all those vets out there struggling to get their lives back. They are the only ones who would get my vote. Wake up America! PLEASE!!

    January 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Ken, Suitland MD

    Hey "Open Minded" (6:24pm), I went back and read many of the previous posts, and there were certainly more hateful things being said by those with clear Republican leanings. Good try at the right-wing tactic of obfuscation and lies: but indeed you will get much more acceptance and open-mindednes from the dems...... we just don't have much acceptance for the continued political stupidity that has come out of the current white house, and we are not so open-minded that we blindly accept falsehoods from people like you who would insert another Republican puppet in the white house to continue the ongoing disaster. I guess for real open-mindedness, you prefer your friend Paul...........

    Hey "Paul" (6:10pm), you nutjobs on the right who try to claim religeon as your own exclusive purview are really out of touch. If it didn't affect the rest of us, I would hope you get your wish to live under a government that was led by your brand of christian-facism. In the meantime, read the New Testament and compare Jesus' teaching with the paltforms and policies of the two parties and the political rhetoric we've been listening to over the past 10-20 years, and then look America in the face and tell us that Jesus was more rightwing than leftwing. I suspect you are just another far-right nutjob whose learned everything he knows by the Rovian/Dobsonian principle of "repeat dogma endlessly" until lies become truth.

    January 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Ben

    I'm nauseated by the press constantly trying to paint Huckabee into a corner to favor their establishment candidates. The man won against a terrific headwind of special interest groups, media distortions, and outright lies by his opponents. I watched a caucus meeting via live stream online that was so unfair with Romney posters all over the walls and the officials all wearing Romney pins. If the process had been fair, Huckabee would have won 50% of the vote. He is the real deal. Get aboard or get run over.

    January 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. Dennis Redstone

    Alot of people called Chris out on asking about you can't be "far left and be a Christian?", but Chris made a convenient mis-quote. The actual Dobson quote referred to "conservative Christian." At the least it should pretty obvious to anyone that "far left" and "conservative Christian" are opposites.

    I mean, if you are "far left" do you also identify yourself as a "conservative Christian?" For instance, if you are "far left" you talk about a woman's right to choose what she does with her own body or "her reproductive rights" and if you are a conservative Christian you talk about what you perceive to be a baby human's "right to life". I just can't see how you can be a staunch supporter of both positions.

    January 4, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Allen

    The problem with today's politics is: there is no real difference between the candidates. They are all career politicians beating the same "change" drum. Each and everyone of the candidates would call himself/herself a moderate. No matter who you vote for you will get the same result when they get into office. Now we have a big spending Republician President, and a Democratic Congress unable to pass any meaningful legislation when they control both houses. We need to get away from the electorial college and let a person become the President on who they are: be it a die hard conservative, a wild eyed tax and spend liberal, or in a marijuana cloud, consumtion tax libertarian. Citizens have a right to be voting for a true representation of who that candidate is, not a representation of how the electorate is in a particular state.

    January 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. moonoverkansas

    Will we ever see the true, trusted American in the White House again. I mean what happened to American integrity...is it gone for good.

    January 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Daniel, WA

    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.

    Posted By Lou from Kansas

    Lou...question for you, why did Huckabee try and have sanctions put on the ethics commitee investigating him? Why did Huckabee smash several hard drives right before leaving office as Governor? Why did Huckabee claim to know nothing about Mormons with the NEW YORK TIMES, yet was a key-note speaker at an anti-Mormon rally in 1998....see the pattern, even if we focus on the MAN and not the religion as you say, he is far from honest and upright as you say. And we haven't even gotten into his decision making abilities....

    Do your homework, you represent many many individuals who have voted for or who are planning to vote for Huckabee. He is a very nice guy, truly...but don't judge a book by it's cover. Start listening to some of his answers as well. I will not say who to vote for, except that please don't make it Huckabee!!

    January 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Jessica

    I agree with you, Open Minded. There are too many people who claim to be open-minded and not discriminatory. But, in reality, they've just switched targets. Instead of being harsh toward gay marriage, abortion, etc., they're instead harsh to Christians who believe in heterosexual marriage and a baby's right to life.

    I guess those people's open-mindedness doesn't include the ideas of Christians too? You'll be open-minded about everything else, but not about THOSE ideas.

    January 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Jared

    To those who are saying that you can't be a TRUE Christian and a democrat:

    Are you saying that one can NOT believe in Jesus as Lord and subscribe to liberal ideology?

    How dare anyone call anyone else's faith into question when they disagree with you politically...

    Too many people have used Christ's name to push their agenda. And that is truly threatening America, not things like gay marriage.

    January 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Michael

    I am soooo tried of the Radical Christian Rght highjacking the Republican party.

    Its the Ecomony Dumby!


    January 4, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. keith Franklin, Tn

    Separation of Church and State!

    We could take pressure off medicare and social security if these well meaning "ministers" had a tax rate applied to their "funds" Pat Robertson alone could help over 250,000 medicaid folks if his "organization" paid taxes like everyone else. Keep church and state separate or take away their tax exempt status.

    I am a God-fearing Christian who strongly believes that some of these"ministers" are going to have a hard time explaining things when or if they get "up there" I bet Jerry Falwell is still trying to talk his way in.

    January 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. NH Tolerant

    Hmmm, seems to be an awful lot of intolerance by "tolerant" Democrats here.
    Oh ... tolerant of you if you agree with THEIR point of view only . Ah. Now I get it.
    Sorry, I guess I'm just not a smart as you.

    Jesus (not evangelical Church-ianity) died for intolerant Democrats too. =)

    Lefties ... open the NIV, NASB, KJV, ASV, NLT, Net Bible, Message and
    ACTUALLY READ IT YOURSELF, then speak to the compatibilty
    of what you read there ... and far left views.

    BTW, – Huckabee will win the evnagelical Christians in NH too but Romney will win the primary ... most of southern NH is now just a county of MA now anyway, and MA is nothing if not provincial and it just can't pass up the opportunity to boost a favorite son.

    January 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. David - Oregon City

    Please be advised the elite media and socialist liberals are unknowing exposing themselves by continually referring to Governor Huckabee as “a Baptist minister”, “preacher”, “ordained minister”, and other religious titles.

    The elite media and talk show hosts are highlighting Governor Huckabee’s faith in God to alienate large segments of Americans from Huckabee. For over forty (40) years the elite media and socialist liberals have attempted to remove Christianity from America to replace it with a more socialist agenda. They will not allow their forty year investment in the “dark-side” to just fade away without a big fight.

    January 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Mike Allen

    Dr. Dobson and most of the bloggers here still do not get it. The support for Huckabee is not just from evangelicals. The support for Huckbee represents a rift and a shift in the GOP much the same as the Obama win reflects change in the Democrats. There is a dynamic new paradigm taking place in American politics. You see it in things like the Lou Dobbs led movement to go independant. The American voter is so sick and tired of the old multi millionaire proffessional politicos who get elected , get richer, make their cronies richer and say oft he American middle class working man "let them eat cake" The Obama/Huckabee wins in Iowa represent a quiet revolution to bring the rule of the nation back to the common working man and out of the hands of the pseudo royalty elitist politicians.

    January 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Tannim

    As usual, Dobson doesn't seem to realize that the WASP surge for Huckabee doesn't reflect the rest of the nation, just Iowa.

    It'll be a far different story in New Hampshire on Tuesday and even in Wyoming tomorrow.

    January 4, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Tejano Tater

    It almost appears as though the KKK might still be alive and well in America these days judging by all the bigotry. Attacking/slandering/slurring a candidate based solely upon their affiliation with a particular minority religious group as a means to win an election because the Klan can't seem to win any other way is truly sad.

    After the "Khristian Krusading Klan" led by their neo-Grand Wizard HuckaBeast and his faithful pseudo-supremacist sidekick Jon-Boy McCane and their white hate wearin' Sheriff/enforcer Chuckles -ig-Norr-amu-is get the Republican nomination secured by "cross burning that thar evil Mormon out" of the Party (...just wait Jews, blacks, hispanics, catholics, hindus, asians, protestants, muslims, etcetera...you'll be next after these bigots are done with the Mormon minority group...)
    …THEN these very same bigots/supremacists can concentrate on OBAMA…any bets there will be many allusions to "possible MUSLIM/ISLAMIC" connections??? Or HIS church affiliation? How about his ETHNICITY??? ANY BETS AMERICA???

    I truly hope that ALL AMERICANS left right and center, of ALL religions, colors, cultures, ethnicity can STAND TOGETHER FOR EACH OTHER and UNITE against this ugly racist/bigoted BEAST that has reared it's grotesque head in OUR nation. A nation which is supposed to represent EQUALITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PEOPLE…not just white supremacist evangelicals from the old South.

    Romney and his father, and his entire family have fought for and stood by MANY OTHER minority groups throughout their lives.
    Now it would be a wonderful miracle... that could only happen in OUR country…AMERICA…if all those very same minorities that the Romneys have stood by over the years could somehow find the courage, and find it in their hearts to STAND BY THE ROMNEY'S IN RETURN... in this, their time of need as they are being attacked left, right, and center by HATRED FILLED BIGOTS
    Please consider it America. Please.
    I have but three candidates I care for as I have stated before. Obama, Romney, and Thompson. Any of the three would be good for Americans (regardless of color/religion). PERSONALLY I could go Democrat OR Republican, and I will go for the candidate more so than their party as I have done at times in the past.

    The candidates that will win MY vote will be those that stand for us ALL...for ALL Americans, not just ONE COLOR, or ONE RACE, or ONE RELIGION.

    America let's all stand together for one another, stand up for each other, shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand...and whether it's Obama or Romney…let's show these hate-mongoring bigots that they can't ever succeed in the type of class/religious/racial warfare that they are now attempting to instigate amongst our society.

    They wish to divide America into many small special interest groups in order to enable them to control us all.
    Let us all unite as EQUALS and as PROUD, PATRIOTIC, AMERICANS and show them what the he** for!!!!

    May this message somehow find a way into your hearts…we could all use a little more PEACE and COMPASSION and KINDNESS in this world.
    Here's to a UNITED AMERICA!!! I hope the new year finds you all peaceful and prosperous....

    January 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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