February 9th, 2008
07:38 AM ET
9 years ago

Huckabee 'taken aback' by Dobson endorsement


Watch Huckabee's comments on Dobson Friday.

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told reporters Friday he learned influential Christian conservative James Dobson had endorsed his presidential campaign when he received an e-mail citing news reports of the nod. The former Baptist minister said he had recently asked Dobson for his backing – but that the Focus on the Family founder had kept his plans to himself.

Dobson is a vocal and long-standing critic of GOP frontrunner Sen. John McCain. Last month, he lauded Huckabee's win in the Iowa caucuses as evidence of the continued strength of the evangelical movement.

Huckabee said he appreciated the endorsement saying Dobson's "still got a lot of credibility with people across the country, and is looked to as the remaining mega-giant within evangelical circles, and so I think it's a very significant endorsement."

- CNN's Wes Little

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Having the fanatic mulla Dotson endorse Huck is the best indicationj yet that he is unfit to be in public office, at any level. Mc Cain is too old and has unaccpetable policies on the Bush war of aggression & the immigrant sell out. That leaves only Ron Paul if you just have to vote for the GOP.

    February 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Brad

    Years ago, when my pastor stood in the pulpit on Sunday and gave his endorsements and suggestions to the congregation for the Tuesday election, I got up from the pew before he was finished speaking, left the church, put a stop-payment on that day's tithe check, and never returned to that church.

    I question why the IRS allows tax-free status to churches or religious figures who step over the church/state the line. I don't care for Dobson one way or the other, however I do respect him – he is one of the few evangelical leaders with no real scandal behind him.

    February 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Michael Litzau - Baltimore Md.

    Dr. Dobson, like many Values voters, has been a bit slow in rallying behind the Huckabee campaign. Mike Huckabee is a GREAT candidate and deserved our support from day one. Nevertheless, the race is not over and there is still time to express who we are and what we stand for by generously and vocally supporting Mike Huckabee for President!

    February 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Democrat2008

    What a disaster...Dobson and Huckabee need to sit this out. We don't need a president just because someone will amend the constitution regarding marriage, and trust me...that is likely 70% of Dobson's reasoning which is absurd given the actual # of important issues we face.

    Absurd absurd absurd.

    Hillary 08

    February 9, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Mike

    Wow... hearing all the spiteful comments about religion and people of faith is scary to see. Pretty soon maybe people of faith will be publically persecuted for expressing their faith. Stop fooling yourselves there is no absolute seperation of religion in anything.. not in institutions nor in persons.

    February 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Jackie

    The fact that Dobson doesn't back McCain lightens my heart. That simply means that McCain is someone this country should vote for!!!

    Values voters? How is Huckabee a "GREAT" candidate? Because he was once a preacher? GET REAL!!!! Here's the reality and listen close because apparently this message isn't getting across anymore- this country does not believe in your ignorance anymore, we reject you and all of the idiotic things you stand for. We will NEVER elect a person with anything resembling your belief structure to our highest office ever again. If you don't like it, may I suggest you move to another country. I hear Iran is big on religious fundamentalism...

    February 9, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. SecularAnimist

    Dobson has endorsed Huckabee and has also said he would never vote for John McCain. So what would Dobson do if McCain chooses Huckabee as his VP running mate? What would other Huckabee supporters do?

    February 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Erik

    May Mike Huckabee have the favor of God be upon him. That will have a sure nomination...

    February 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Steven Newman

    Nine out of ten Americans and nearly 100 percent of the world in general have no interest in anything Dobson says. Like the far-right of every society, he is a sad reminder of how the quest for power reduces so many to something akin to goofy, self-absorbed has-beens. Rev. Dobson, do you honestly think our Lord Jesus would have wasted his time on trying to manipulate political races? Rev. Dobson, you have lost your focus on what is your true calling. It is not of this world.

    February 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. micah

    Bush, a born again christian, also Clinton & Carter. Is Hillary and Obama? How much power does the president really have? Dem 1 term – Rep 3 term – Dem 2 term – Rep 2 term – Let me guess Dem is next. Looks like power sharing regardless of what anyone says. Self preservation... didn't the democrats give money to the republicans when the republicans went broke decades ago?

    February 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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