Dobson formalizes Santorum endorsement
January 19th, 2012
02:44 PM ET
8 years ago

Dobson formalizes Santorum endorsement

(CNN) – Influential Christian conservative James Dobson individually endorsed presidential hopeful Rick Santorum in a statement on Monday, praising the candidate for his concern for marriage and international affairs.

"While there are other GOP candidates who are worthy of our support, Sen. Santorum is the man of the hour," he said in a statement released by the Santorum campaign. "His knowledge of international politics, especially Israel and the turmoil in the Middle East, is highly relevant to the dangerous world in which we live."

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Dobson was among a group of over 100 conservative leaders who voted to collectively endorse Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, at a meeting in Texas last weekend.

Some who had endorsed or considering other candidates, such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, distanced themselves from the group consensus and maintained their individual backing.

Santorum said in the statement that he is "honored" by the endorsement.

Dobson stepped down as president of the Focus on the Family, a non-profit Christian ministry organization, in 2003 but remained connected to the group, according to his online biography. In the 2008 presidential contest, he supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Mark

    I'm confused. Is James Dobson endorsing Santorum, or Gingrich?

    January 19, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Nobama

    Good! A split endorsement ! Romney, Mr. 45 th!!!!

    January 19, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Dave

    One idiot endorsed by another...

    January 19, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Jrdz

    James who and why dose anybody care in the end the republicans will lose again.

    January 19, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Well, now that Mitt won't make it to the history books for 3 in a row, may as well give the nomination to Newt so the entire country can reject him AGAIN. Right, yahoos?

    January 19, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Golly gee. One religious fanatic endorsing another

    January 19, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. firebird9999

    Dobson is one sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, nutcase. He'd be laughable if he wasn't such a dangerous and detrimental influence on our freedoms. The fact that he supports Santorum is enough for me to say "anyone but Santorum."

    January 19, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. ObamaFlop

    Amazaing libs are grasping for anything they can.........the end is near.

    January 19, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. gg

    sounds like god can,t make up his mind-bachman- cian-perry-santorum-newt or non christian

    January 19, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "His knowledge of international politics, especially Israel and the turmoil in the Middle East, is highly relevant to the dangerous world in which we live."
    And that pretty much sums up the extent of Santorum's foreign policy knowledge. Love Israel. Hate muslims. Foreign policy has actuallly been a glaring weak spot for Santorum over the course of the debates. Can you recall Santorum ever talking about anything other than Israel, Iran, or something anti-muslm?

    January 19, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Wasn't Focus on the Family recently labelled a Hate Group? Who would want this troglodyte's endorsement? Oh wait, another troglodyte like Santorum. Now it makes sense.

    January 19, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |

    Amazaing libs are grasping for anything they can.........the end is near.

    January 19, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    Natch. Of course the end is near....the end of the GOP circus and the beginning of OBAMA/BIDEN 2.0 in 2012. You got that? Have a nice day. 🙂

    January 19, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Jake

    the religious conservative influence and power is fading quickly...

    January 19, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Toontje

    And don't forget for his ghoulish behavior (bringing a dead kid/ fetus home to play with)

    January 19, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Jon in Rochester

    You would have to be a fool to believe that Dobson's decision has anything to do with Santorum's foreign policy beliefs. They both have an obsession with the gays and that is the true reason for the endorsement. Haters support haters. It's very simple.

    January 19, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Debbie

    Dobson has formalized his backing for Santorum... Hence Dobson has become a modern day Judas Iscariot. Using Christ. Using Christ for their own political and power gain. The move may work for deceived Christians but not Christ. Didn't work for Judas Iscariot and it didn't work out so well for Lucifer! Dobson has sold his soul to the dark side.

    January 19, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Bill

    As a conservative, I've been disappointed by Dr. James Dobson lately. His organization's original mission & intent to get individuals to esteem family values, personal discipline, proper child rearing, individual charity and ethics are laudable. He has moved away from that mission to a political platform.

    From an adherence to ethics and principles, his shows seem to now espouse "God wants a Republican government, no matter what the candidates say" approach. Dobson seems to have turned a blind eye to the enormous blunders of the last administration whom he supported unequivocally. Dobson seems one-sided on foreign policy matters and world affairs. The Christ whom he claims to follow condemned that as hypocrisy – "Take the log out of your own eye before you get the speck out of your neighbors" and "Do unto others as you would have done unto you". We used to believe in seperation of church & state. He even brought Miss California on his show lauding her for being a "child of Christ" for stating she's for traditional marriage the peagent stage. What is the spiritual content of that? His guests seem to be war hawks and wilful belligerents. Spiritual leaders need to attend to spiritual matters and leave governance to others.

    January 19, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. michael

    Does he really want Dobson's endorsement? He's a racisit. there goes Santorum's credibility.

    January 19, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. willie floyd

    I'll probably get bashed for this comment-but I've decided all these Obama bashers are closet racists bigots. If you're going to be one, at least have the courage to admit it!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 19, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. ShawnDH

    Santorum is super creepy. It's pretty amazing how weak the Republican choices are. Obama will win.

    January 19, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. willie floyd

    These people are pushing us into a THEOCRACY. I prefer to remain a DEMOCRACY.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 19, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |