April 19th, 2010
05:19 PM ET
4 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. Pragmatic

    When former Sen. Dan Coats announced the will challenge Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, in this year's midterm election everyone seems to be overlooking the video where, Coats suggests he'd rather live in North Carolina than Indiana.

    Now how's that Hoosiers? Who does he think he is! Rick Santorum? He was awarded $350,000 in a law suit (so much for tort reform_ and bought a huge mansion in VA where he pretended to be from PA!

    April 19, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Says Dobson, "a stalwart defender of unborn children." Okay. What about the children we have living today? Will Coats defend them? Will he protect a child's right to Healthcare? Will Coats defend a family's right to Healthcare?

    What about defending the Americans ALIVE today?

    April 19, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Sarge in Florida

    There should be an age limit to run for congress this man looks like he's ready to kick the bucket already..We need young new blood in congress and then maybe Washington would really change for the better. Because the younger people in this country are more into the current times that these OLD Groonies...

    April 19, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    Dobson and Coats leading us back to 100AD where the only law is the bible. Sounds a lot like how the Taliban operates. I'm sure the fine people of Indiana, republican and democrat alike see right through guys. Our country needs to keep moving forward, not backwards.

    Keep this thought alive; In NOvember vote NO for the party of NO.

    April 19, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Jack from Indy

    Thanks CNN, now I know who I won't be supporting! I resent any remark that assumes because I support a women's right to choose, that I'm "against families." Don't preach as a politician; we had enough Evangelical crap under Bush. The GOP better get more centered or go the way of the dinosaurs.

    April 19, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Anne P

    Absolutely...if churchs was their say in government....pay taxes! Best idea I've heard in ages!

    April 19, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Anne P

    Whoops, I missed a key on the keyboard....trying again...
    If churches want a say in politics, by all means, pay taxes!

    April 19, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Tax the churches – deficit will disappear within ONE year.

    April 19, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Cynthia - Arkansas

    How can anyone who calls themself a Christian support the Republican Party? They lie, they are so full of hate is spews out. Anyone who knows anything about the teachings of Jesus knows that he would run from these people. The Bible says a Christians should be able to hear the words and know from whom they come (Satan). Why do these people not hear?

    April 19, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Deborah

    Whatever happened to the separation of church & state? This is ludicrous! Dr. James Dobson should be taxed as a "for profit" entity. PERIOD!!

    (P.S. Kudos to the Republicans for staking a claim on the term "Pro Life" – – as opposed to the Dems who are "Pro Death". NOT!!)

    April 19, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Dr Matrix

    Is he or his "church" willing to carer for and raise the unwanted children that they would like to force women to have? More likely once they are born the hell with them because the mother was a sinner and let them go until they can show them the light and take as much money from them as possible.

    April 19, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. john in Cal

    I thought that under the Federal codes, that churches who get involved in politics and tell their members how to vote or work to influence elections are to be investigated and could lose their tax exempt statis. This certainly sounds like a church that needs investigation. If found guilty they could be brought up on fraud charges also.

    April 19, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Chris

    Dobson is a Far Right fundamentalist who think is his god given duty to cram his hardcore intolerant morality and pervasive religous beliefs down the throat of every American.

    April 19, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. R. King

    I wouldn't vote for anyone Dobson backs.

    April 19, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Bill P in RI

    Any "church" that tells its followers how to vote should be stripped of tax exempt status!
    There are too many sheep in these flocks that have no idea on how to think for themselves.
    They believe that their spiritual "leaders" have insights that they do not.
    As BFD said so eloquently "tax the cults"!

    April 19, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. Hendrik

    And to think that I was almost talked into reading this Christian fake's books. The more I listen to these Christian moralists the more I believe that these people are completely against what Jesus stood for. Perhaps Dobson is the Antichrist. Why not; they accused President Obama of that. To think this came from the lips of a Catholic. The Evangelicals stink just like their Republicans brothers. All of them. No exception.

    April 19, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Adalbert

    These religious fanitics must stay out of politics, or start paying taxes.

    April 19, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. watwot

    Someone please point out the bible passage that says abortion is not ok....oh that's right it's not in there. I guess God forgot to mention that one so all these pious men did some extrapolating at women's expense and whammy bammy you've got the 11th commandment. And we should make this the law of the land why?

    April 19, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Debbie Hanrahan

    Dobson is a wanna be politician and has brought politics into Christianity as his platform. To the point that as a Christian I see the far right evangelicals like Dobson drawing more people away from Christ than towards Him. They have become zealots as Judas Iscariot was. I'm waiting for Dobson to take the 30 pieces of silver as Judas did to justify his political beliefs.

    April 19, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. SLP

    One more thing, I am pro-life but I would never pass judgement on a woman who was the victim of incest or rape who made the decision to terminate her pregnancy. Using abortion as a form of birth control, however, is another matter entirely.

    April 19, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Bob in San Jose

    Boy, decades of anger and hate really show in that guy's puss. And, BFD is right. We should have an IRS agent at every church service to tap the collection plate. It'll save the God squads from filling out all those nasty forms. ;)

    April 19, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Dennis

    And a stalwart supporter of sending other parents children to die in IRAQ for his buddlies rich oil friends. Let's not abort them so we can use them to fight our dirty wars in the future. IDIOT.

    April 19, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. argos#1

    Some things we are "certain" of, Sen. Harry Reade is an outspoken Heterosapien Activist, that volcano we can`t pronounce is a direct result of ObamaCare!, Tea Parties never serve any, bicycles are a communist plot, Anglicans must be stopped, suspicion will save your life, the census will rob our freedom, watching FOX News counts as going to church, we believe in Jesus but rarely trust Him too much, if James Dobson backs someone bank on it, the NFL must stop Canadian Football!, the Weather Channel is way too liberal, winning an election is more important than the ability to govern,

    April 19, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    What is it about, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

    that Dobson doesn't get?!? He needs to brush up on his history and the reason the Founders included this text in the First Amendment to the Constitution of our country

    The Establishment Clause guarantees that all are free to hold or not hold whatever religious belief they want.

    Which means, while a politican can have strong personal religious faith, that faith HAS NO PLACE in creating or upholding the laws of the United States.

    April 19, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    I agree with all the posters here that if religious institutions want to retain their tax-exempt status, they need to STAY OUT OF POLITICS!

    Otherwise, ante-up, boys!

    April 19, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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