(The Christian Post) - Mitt Romney’s pullout from the presidential race have many curious if the party’s right wing will coalesce behind Mike Huckabee, who touts himself as the “authentic conservative” in what he calls a now two-man race for the GOP nomination.
Nearly immediately after Romney’s withdrawal, Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family released a statement announcing his endorsement, as an individual, of Huckabee.
“I am endorsing Gov. Mike Huckabee for President of the United States today,” the influential, evangelical leader declared Thursday night. “My decision comes in the wake of my statement on Super Tuesday that I could not vote for Sen. John McCain, even if he goes on to win the Republican nomination.”
Dobson had lamented that McCain appeared close to winning the Republican nomination after his big wins in the Super Tuesday contests. He lambasted the Arizona senator for what he deemed as anti-family and anti-conservative stances.
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This is a MAJOR endorsement, and will probably turn the tide of the election. The media has all but proclaimed McCain the winner of the GOP nomination, but they're in for a very BIG surprise. This endorsement is going to energize the Evangelical base of the Republican Party, and the surge Huckabee is about to receive will be like a tidal wave.
Practicing Catholics will also find Dobson's endorsement attractive, as Dobson's organization "Focus On The Family" has endeavored to help all Christians (Catholic & Protestant) with family and social issues.
In November of 2000, James Dobson and Charles Colson participated in a conference in Rome hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Family and by the Acton Institute, a Catholic organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two also met with Pope John Paul II. The Colorado Springs Gazette (Dec. 9, 2000) noted that the personal meeting between the pope, Colson and Dobson was a “special moment” because Evangelicals and Catholics have disagreed with one another for centuries concerning the role and infallibility of the pope. One conference participant, Robert Sirico, a Catholic priest and president of the Acton Institute, said that Vatican officials “could not recall a similar meeting involving such high-level evangelical Protestants taking place at the Vatican.” According to the Gazette, the Catholic News Service reported that Dobson praised the Catholic church for its efforts to protect the family and said that while he has some theological differences with the Roman Catholic Church, he often agrees more with the Roman Catholic Church than with other Evangelicals on issues such as abortion, premarital sex and homosexuality (Foundation magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2001).