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. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Lou in Tulsa OK states "The single thing America needs more than anything in leadership, is someone who tells the truth and knows his stuff."

    There are none so blind as those who will not see ... tells the truth? Ha ha ha!
    Preacher Mike says, in that "holier than thou" voice that he will abstain from negative ads – except to show it to the reporters (free coverage) and on 3 Iowa stations!

    The truth? He whines he didn't know that rapist would murder someone (he was told by victims that this could happen) and that he didn't pressure the parole board (also not true.)

    Knows his stuff? He "knows" the world is only 6000 years old and women should submit to their husbands. When it comes to Iran, Pakistan or crossing a picket line because the thought the writer's strike was over, Mike knows nothing about the important stuff.

    Vote for Mike if you believe he has the God nod, but don't ever tell me he is either truthful or knows anything!

    January 5, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Lynn-Thank you for stating that the bible teaches intolerance! That's a classic! A book meant to impart good values has been indeed butchered so badly by opportunistic whackos that it has become a negative force on humanity. Time to toss it in the fire. Don't worry,your imaginary friend in the sky will write you a new one.

    January 5, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Peggy

    Wow lots of input here. Lots of stupid comments, too. Exciting times. With Huckabee and Obama winning in Iowa. Hopeful. Relief Hillary lost. The change message is always part of the race. But what kind of Change? Would it be good for U.S.? With Obama stating early on to increase foreign aid [Readers Digest : Meet the Canidates]. Withdraw from Iraq now? Just what would that ACCOMPLISH? Well, It could put the terrorist in our front yard. Not to mention a repeat of mistake of Vietnam withdrawal. Does anyone bother to consider the rarely told number of Iraquis that have died hoping for what we in America have/ yet many trash? The Clintons did a Grande job of downsizing our NON DRAFTED/VOLUNTARY Military and letting the terrors training camps flourish. You can bash Bush all you want but has 9/11 been so quickly forgotten? What he walked into when he became President of our great nation.The Planned attacks that have been stopped. America has a much bigger problem within our borders. Are you watching out for your neighbors back? It doesn't matter to Islam what kind of Christian you call yourself. Doesn't anyone know World History.To them we are all 'infidels'. Read their Holy Book. America has in many was become TOO FREE. . Protecting animals and killing human babies in our country.What kind of stupidity is that? A Legal system that too often doesn't protect the most vunerable part of our society.Tolerating evil,sin of all sortsOOPs excuse me evil,sin is politically incorrect. No, we cannot legislate Morality thus we make laws against Immorality. Wake up and understand why the terrorist are after our nation.

    After you complain, it would be a good idea to thank God, our provider for our brave men & women who are protecting our freedom to sit in America and write these comments. As, for the Bible Belt comments...I'll not comment but I'm glad to be living in the Bible Belt! Many who have made wild comments obviously haven't read a Bible seeking to find Truth. Remember, Truth is not dependent on our beleiving it to be true. Truth is Truth. It's still Jan. 5th, 2008 whether you beieve it or not!

    I hope you will post this. Not censor it. Thanks. Still Proud to be an American.

    January 5, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Christian Voter

    Jesus was the greatest socialist of them all. Which is actually left wing,

    Jesus was a social conservative.

    January 5, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Jim in Orlando, FL

    To those naysayers who speaketh without knowledge, if you study the entire Fair Tax proposal, it is exceedingly practical and do-able. It protects the poor, and taxes only consumption above a modest level. Bottom line, those that spend the most and live lavishly will pay the most taxes. It will make the U.S. an exceedingly appealing place to locate business and do business. Its difficulties lie in the fact that it takes away the ability of Congress to sell tax favors, and it reveals does away with imbedded and hidden taxes. Most of it, it empowers the people, which is contrary to the wishes of many politicians, who essentially want you to need them.

    Amazing how those that claim to want the most tolerence from others are the first to slander and shout down those with whom they disagree.

    January 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Sally Savage

    I, like many, have a strong conviction about these elections. As we know, our country is in critical crisis on many fronts. I will say up front that I support Mike Huckabee. I realize that all the candidates have need of growth in all areas. After the elections in Iowa I was praying about my concerns for the new president and this is what I heard from the Lord, "Remember my King David? He was a shepherd boy when I sought him out". A shepherd boy, that's pretty amazing. Then I was reminded that Our Lord said, "Man looks on the outward; I look at the heart'. I wonder if Mike Huckebee is the man who is seeking God's heart and maybe that is why he is God's man? Could it be? Also, remember David was not perfect and right at all times, but he knew how to seek God, confess his sin and receive forgiveness and instruction from Him. I think that is critical for the next leader of so great a nation.

    January 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Jody - Orlando, FL

    Applauding each 'voice' in America being heard is what our country's underpinings rest on. Whether the current ovation is from James Dobson for religious conservatives' vote 'counting' or from Jesse Jackson for African American's interests being highlighted or women aligning themselves with Hilary in hopes of femine interests being served, the reality is that our country is diversified in gender, ethnicity and values and these differences play a part in each vote that is cast behind the booth's curtain. Choosing respresentation that reflects our personal values and national vision is core to the American political process.

    I would, however, appreciate more restraint on the part of community leaders in their (self-appointed) representation of a particulary 'groups' political position. I have heard spokeswomen suggesting a female gender mandates I vote for Hilary, an African American heritage demands an Obama ticket and a religious core limits my choice to Huckabee. Which watershed issue rises to capture my flag is solely my decision; I would prefer limelight leaders vote their choice and conscience and not represent me in their public comments.

    January 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Jeez Peggy ! Are you married ? If not, how about you and me ....... good post !

    I'm kind of Libertarian, and don't believe in legislating morality or immorality, except where we are talking of one party harmong another. Again, to the naysayers, I think Huckabee in many ways could be called a Christian centrist when it comes to his actual policies. To highlight the stupidity of some of the above critics of the Christain right, and their statements that Huckabee places low without that vote, let me also point out that without the black vote, Lyndon Johnson would have been the last Democratic president, if even then. Is it a stupid argument ... YES, on both counts.

    January 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Jesus was not a "social conservative" and worked hard to convince people to turn away from multi-theism. He was a progressive of his time and his current day equivalent would be an athiest. And anyone thinking that we should still be in Vietnam is just looney. Theocratic wars are not the answer to theocracy,education is. That's why social conservatives oppose education.

    January 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Jen J, Foristell, MO

    James Dobson? How many of you really know anything about him? He has done more for families in this nation than any other individual ever. Comparing him to Hitler, Pol Pot, or any other dictator or horrible leader is just showing ignorance.

    Get a grip people and do some actual research. It's so popular to bash Christians..go find someone else to beat up..instead of people who actually give a rip about others.

    January 5, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Allan Jones

    Dobson said: "Christians remain a powerful force in American politics"

    Dobson SHOULD have said: Christians remain a BIGOTED force in American politics.

    January 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Jeff Jones

    Why does everyone make out Huckabee to be a religious zealot? Yeah it worries me a bit that he is an ordained Baptist minister, but overall he seens to promote enjoying your life to the fullest a message that resonates with everyone. Plus he has some un-republican points of view like supporting the NEA, and raising taxes in some cases to better fund highway construction. I think he would be a pretty good President aa long as he doesn't bow down to the Moral Majority.

    January 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I am fed up with these so-called Christians who are so busy loving God they have no time to love their neighbors. What a bunch of phonies!

    January 5, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. able_to_do_the_math

    Hey Lev – check your math – Don't make comments that are so obivously wrong. Your other comments are ignored when you make boasts about Democrats outnumbering Republicans 2:1

    Results show
    Barack Obama 940
    John Edwards 744
    Hillary Clinton 737

    Mike Huckabee 39,814
    Mitt Romney 29,405
    Fred Thompson 15,521

    That means Huckabee beat Obama by approximately 40:1

    We lose credibility in battling when we miss even the most basic of facts.
    And yes- once we get out of the bible belt.......it will be interesting to see how things go. I am curious to see the candidates deal with the states in my area. The Border and immigration should separate the real from the wannabes cause there isnt a simple answer.

    January 5, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |





    FROM THE HOLY BIBLE.............

    Do you not know that the wicked will not inhert the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral ,nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor prostitutes, nor HOMOSEXUAL OFFENDERS, northieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inhert the kingdom of God.......
    1Corinthians 6:9-10 niv

    HOPE ::: We all can be saved turning from your sins and accept the blood of Christ

    I know Huckabee will need help,,, as everyone will..... but i would rather vote for someone that truly believes what he says,, instand of saying what people want to hear and not really believing what they say...........


    January 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Sharon

    Right-on Chris in Denver! I live in Colorado, too and am sick and tired of James Dobson and his empire of hate (disguised as christianity). The Huckster couldn't have won Iowa without the evangelicals and he appeals to a very narrow wing of the Republican party. If by some "miracle" he's elected president, I'm moving to Canada.

    January 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    It's quite obvious to me that Dobson is really (SECRETLY) speaking of the Hucksters win over Romney. These Evangelical (We are the only one's with the truth) Christians just simply have it out for Mitt Romney. They won't say it, but you can read it between their lines, see it in their eyes.

    Interesting thing about it is that Mitt Romney NEVER blasts back and attacks the Evangelicals about their faith. He's bigger than that, he's got true Integrity, not shirt sleeve integrity (Huck makes the attack ad, then doesn't play it cuz he's too much a Christian, but shows it to the press, knowing it will be aired for free). Plus Romney proves his belief that the candidates faith is NOT to be the issue for the President of the United States.

    Mitt Romney can help our country be great once again. He would NOT preach from the Oval Office. Mitt states facts against his opponents, he doesn't ATTACK them. The Evangelical Christians are subtley attacking Mitt's faith in their sneaky back door way.

    The Evangelicals will hand the nation to the Democrats if that's what it takes to beat Mitt, solely based on their differences in faith. OMG this is craziness!

    Isn't that pathetic? There isn't a single one of them that can convince me otherwise. I've heard their lies about Morman's for decades. They are duped into believing they can judge a man (Commandment's instruct NOT to) as long as they all do it together – about his faith. They do this same thing to the Catholics and the Muslim's and the Universalists and the list goes on and on and on and on.

    Mitt is a GOOD man and worthy of all people looking into what he can do to help our country. Trust him with the USA, Huck should go back to church and ask for forgiveness, in my opinion.

    I believe if the Jesus I know came to the US today, he would be pretty livid about the actions and sin of these Christian 'judges'. It's not completely their fault, they've been duped by the teachers like Huck and Dobson, Swaggert, Baker, Falwell, Haggert.

    January 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |

    I AM 100% WITH YOU!!!!!!


    January 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Natalie

    All these anti-Dobson, anti-Christian, anti-evangelical, anti-Huckabee comments seem a bit intolerant for those who proclaim tolerance. Are we not allowed to have firm beliefs?

    If someone does have firm beliefs, it would be wrong of them to ignore them–or they would not be strong beliefs. For you, it may be saying nasty things about the religious right. For me, it may be voting my conscience in matters of conscience.

    If I feel there are doctors taking unborn baby's lives, and am convinced that it is very wrong, then I must forgo other policy issues and concern myself with the life or death. This is a conviction for many. It does not make them hate-mongers. In both parties and in all religions, there are hate-mongers. You will know them by their speech (that is, posts).

    January 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Penny

    First off I am voting for Huckabee, Second of all you cannot be a DEMOCRAT
    and a Christian because Democrats are for abortion and God hates abortion because it is the killing of life. Now some of you may say what about wars? The BIBLE is clear about wars there is a time for War AND a time for PEACE. No where does the Bible say kill the UNBORN. Democrats also want to legalize the gay agenda marriage, adoption etc etc. God said Homosexuality is an ABOMINATION !!!! So you DEMOCRATS claiming to be Christians YOU CANNOT have your cake and eat it to. So either chose the way of Jesus or stop crying your a Christian. Only those BORN AGAIN will see the kingdom of heaven John 3.
    Time to take this country back since 1964 the prayers taking out of school there has been a rise in crime in our schools and our society. You people cannot even see without God in our society WE ARE DOOMED.
    Have a wonderful day

    January 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "I live in Arkansas and have met Mr Huckabee. I normally consider myself a democrat ….HOWEVER I am supporting Huckabee because he is honest, creditable, and sincere."

    You lie. No true Democrat, or thinking person for that matter, would vote for a religiously deluded, anti-science idiot like Mike Huckabee.

    We're still suffering in this seventh year of "rule" by another deluded far-right religious extremist who thinks that "God wanted him" to illegally attack Iraq and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, all the while lying about the presence of WMD, lying about Saddam's involvement with Al Quaida, lying about Hussein's involvement in 9-11.

    Huckabee doesn't believe in evolution. We're done with medieval rednecks trying to turn this country into a corporate fascism. Huckabee doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell. PLEASE nominate him.

    "We need more good people like him in our government."

    A candidate who wants to control women is nowhere near a good person.

    January 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. joy

    America has the world using a currency with the words "In God We Trust". Banks, marketplaces, tyrants and drug lords, even socialists and leftists subscribe to this symbol of America in the world. American Christians are merely acknowledging this fact instead of trying to expunge it.

    January 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. TE

    To Lara:

    It's not "obvious" and if you've read even an ounce of what you call your most sacred text it would be quite clear that the moral virtues of a 4000 year old desert tribe and a 2000 year old messiah wouldn't endorse either of today's political parties. Why are you people so obsessed with gays and abortion, when there are so many people eating shell fish (also condemned)?

    January 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Dobson advocates beating your children. He's done more damage to families than good. And how is the genocide of tens of thousands of Iraqis christ-like? Where in your bible does it say to murder your neighbor?

    January 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. jreason

    I think after reading the blogs this election could very well stand or fall on a conflict of core values and belief systems. I think this election will determine which side (left) or (right) get their definition of family values. If the family consists of one man and one woman for life then this person would probably lean towards (right). If the family consists of two men or two women as parents then I ask the question if we look not at our immediate needs and what we want but to the next generations and what would be best for them it might answer some questions. Such as, how many talented Americans may never live to change our nation it if they die by abortion because a candidate supports it rather than stands against it? How many children will question their parental roots one day with same sex parents having raised them if the definition of marriage is redefined? Christians, if you support better economy, healthcare as the focus over family values couldn't our economy change for better or worse under any president? What will America look like 4 years from now what could change for the better with family values, such as no abortions, kids getting the proper mentoring, and character driven father and mother (he created them male and female it says in Genesis) in the forefront of leadership? Why can't you be a Christian and a Democrat? Democrat or Republican one should support their choices Biblically? Why can't the far left today do the Biblical thing and end abortion and homosexual mariages? You can. One thing for sure about Jesus every religion teaches is he came to give life (Gospel of John 10:10) Iraq has been bad, but abortion and aids due to sexually transmitted disease have ended more lives than Iraq. Love your neighbor as yourself, I guess if you don't value yourself you won't someone else, and people don't and government (Dem or Rep) is to protect the Golden Rule whether that's a decision of war or ending keeping marriage HIV free and imposing law against abortion (murder)! t So true Biblical family (preaching now to right and left) is about sacrificing one's immediate needs for your children's, etc, and this is the next generation, our choices always effect someone else for better or worse so ask yourself, "not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." (Dem President)!

    January 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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