April 19th, 2010
05:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Evangelical leader backs Coats in Indiana

Senate hopeful Dan Coats was endorsed Monday by influential evangelical Dr. James Dobson.
Senate hopeful Dan Coats was endorsed Monday by influential evangelical Dr. James Dobson.

Washington (CNN) – Dr. James Dobson, the influential evangelical and founder of Focus on the Family, is endorsing Republican Dan Coats in the race for Senate in Indiana, the Coats campaign said Monday.

"I have long respected former Senator Dan Coats for his integrity and his legislative influence in the Congress," Dobson said in a statement. "I also admire his personal commitment to his Christian faith in public life. Dan has been a consistent leader of pro-family causes and a stalwart defender of unborn children. If my wife Shirley and I were Hoosiers, we would definitely vote for Dan Coats in the May 4th primary."

In addition to the endorsement, Dobson cut a radio ad on Coats' behalf that is set to run starting on Tuesday.

Coats, a former senator and House member who now wants to return to Washington, is hoping to win the seat occupied by Sen. Evan Bayh, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election.


Filed under: 2010 • Dan Coats • Indiana • James Dobson
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. David, CA

    Dobson and "FOF" are the American Taliban. Someone should remind them that religion and politics don't mix.

    April 19, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    One crazy backing another – that seems to be a pattern within the Republican Party. No credible candidates. No solutions. No ideas. No way we are going to put these anti-Americans in office!

    April 19, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. No exemptions

    Looks like its time to tax the churchs that want to stick their big beaks into politics.

    April 19, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. bill

    I m so shocked......

    April 19, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. pkb

    Who cares? Screaming far right evangelists endorse those who let them continue with their tax exempt charades in the face of Americans who pay outrageous unaffordable taxes.

    April 19, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    "...stalwart defender of unborn children." Really? How so?

    Pro-family causes? Really? Name one please.

    Repukes know everything about bloviating sound bites.

    April 19, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Terry From West Texas

    Dobson is against abortion. I don't know how I'd feel about abortion because I can't get pregnant. I figure that the person who is pregnant should be the one to decide what to do. There is nothing in the Bible that is critical of abortion. In fact the Bible is completely mute about that topic.

    The Bible does condemn the eating of pork in no uncertain terms. I do not eat pork. I wonder if Dobson obeys the Biblical command to avoid pork? I wonder how many Bible thumpers had bacon with their eggs this morning, before they started lecturing us on what the Bible says?

    April 19, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Churches and politics = corporations, and they should pay taxes as any other business.

    April 19, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Great!

    Thanks to Rudy Giuliani's endorsement of Trey Grayson, I know who not to support in Kentucky and now, thanks to that nut-case Dobson, who not to support in Indiana.

    April 19, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Marysmith

    That pretty much seals it for me - No way Coats gets my vote.

    April 19, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. VAVoter

    Don't do it Indiana! All you Democrats and reasonable Republicans had better vote for your lives or you'll get a Republican in Tea Party disguise and next thing you know, you'll be celebrating 'Confederate History Month" and have angry, gun-toting men in public places threatening to overthrow the government.

    April 19, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. JohnRJ08

    What does this mean, "A stalwart defender of unborn children"? Does that mean some Americans out there who are killing babies? Does that imply Democrats are "pro" abortion, rather than Pro-Choice? Does that mean pregnant women with terribly deformed fetuses or who were rape victims either have their baby or get labelled baby-killers? Does that mean that an old white politician should be the one who decides what all women can and can't do with their own bodies? Does that mean that a fetus incapable of memory or experiencing any kind of pain or pleasure should be accorded the same protections as a child who can walk, talk, cry and laugh? Abortion is an issue which makes these religious charlatans rich and which gives them power over people who do not share their beliefs.

    April 19, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. BFD

    Tax the cults. Period.

    April 19, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Leslie

    No surprise an evangelist would support a republican for his "personal commitment to his christian faith" etc. He is probably as immoral as the rest of them.

    April 19, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Mike K

    This endorsement makes it impossible for me to ever vote for Coats. I will not vote for anyone supported by bigots.

    April 19, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. John Quantico

    The separation of church and state was wise when it was conceived and is wise now. Evangelical = Republican Conservative.

    April 19, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Beth

    Who cares who this guy supports.

    April 19, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Tom, Vermillion, Ohio

    Could this be the Dr. James Dobson who was the senior lobbyist for King & Spalding of Washington DC who was successful in the pursuit of TARP for Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch & Chrysler?!?? And what's this I've read about Julian Robertson concerning some kind of bio-fuel imports into the United States from China?!?? (Looks like the Democrats could have an excellent opportunity to pick up another seat in the Senate).

    April 19, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Renee

    Since when do religious leaders give endorsements? It seems to me that if you are able to give an "endorsement", then you are a political representative. If you are a political representative, your organization is not allowed a tax free status. I am so tired of these religions crossing the line, and using their role in the church to influence their members. This flys in the face of seoeration of church and state. These so called men of God should be doing God's work, not the right wing republican parties.

    April 19, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Pardone Mae

    That's ok, James: Dan Coats isn't really a Hoosier anymore either. He's lived in Virginia for the past decade and doesn't even own a home in Indiana... He only rents one as of two months ago!

    April 19, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Loren

    One of the conditions of 501c3 tax-exempt status for churches is that they promise to not involve themselves in politics. Dr. Dobson needs to give back his exemption certificate.

    April 19, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Indiana Pagan

    If Coats had any chance of getting my vote, that would have shot it directly to Hades or some similar place. Churches have no business at all participating in politics if they wish to continue being recognized as non-political entities and enjoying the tax exemptions that they presently do.

    One crazy backing another-you are dead on, BeverlyNC.

    April 19, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Tom, Vermillion, Ohio

    Oops! Meant to say:
    Could this be the Dan Coats who was the senior lobbyist for King & Spalding of Washington DC who was successful in the pursuit of TARP for Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch & Chrysler?!?? And what's this I've read about Julian Robertson concerning some kind of bio-fuel imports into the United States from China?!?? (Looks like the Democrats could have an excellent opportunity to pick up another seat in the Senate)

    April 19, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Sandy

    I lived in Indiana all my life and anyone who backs Coates needs to have their own head examined. He is a crook!

    April 19, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. David

    Thank you for speaking out Dr. Dobson, even though you knew how some would react.

    April 19, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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