“I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances. . . He’s not in favor of traditional marriage, and I pray that we won’t get stuck with him” (see here).
He made the statement on “Jerry Johnson Live,” and you can listen to the clip below.[audio:http://www.jerryjohnsonlive.com/(Dobson_on_McCain).mp3]
Today, the Associated Press is reporting that Dr. Dobson may in fact support McCain after all. According to the report, Dr. Dobson had this to say on a radio broadcast which is to be aired later today:
“I never thought I would hear myself saying this. While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.”
If Dr. Dobson were to reverse himself in this way, this would only accrue to McCain’s benefit. Evangelicals who are tepid about McCain’s candidacy might be more likely to say, “Well, if Dr. Dobson can do it, then I guess I can too.”
Why is Dr. Dobson changing his opinion now? In a statement released to the press, he indicates that it’s not so much that he has warmed up to McCain but that he cannot abide Obama’s radical views:
“There’s nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context . . . Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation. His radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain.”
Dr. Dobson is right in his evaluation of Obama, and I agree that it is very important that pro-life and pro-family voters do everything they can to thwart Obama’s candidacy. If that means holding one’s nose and voting for McCain, then so be it.