In an apparent change of heart, conservative Christian leader James Dobson said he could endorse GOP Presidential candidate John McCain -- despite serious misgivings.
"While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might," Dr. Dobson said in a Focus on the Family radio broadcast on Monday.
Dobson and his guest, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler, spent most of the program examining Democratic candidate Barack Obama's liberal positions in the Senate.
"I find Barack Obama a very attractive candidate and I would want to vote for him," Mohler said. "But the closer I look at his positions, the more alarmed I become. ... We are looking at the most liberal candidate that we have ever seen in American history," he added.
"I think he is more liberal and extreme than most Democrats in the Senate," Dobson replied.
He said his decision to talk about national politics came at the urging of other respected evangelical leaders.
"I have been consulting with some of the most respected evangelical leaders on the scene today, and I respect these gentlemen highly, and they've all urged me to do what we're doing today -- to help our listeners who hold onto conservative Christian views to think through ... the critical issues and perhaps get a better understanding of what Senator Barack Obama and or Senator John McCain believe and where they'll take us in the next four or eight years," he said.
Dobson says that while neither candidate is consistent with his views, McCain's positions are closer by a wide margin.
"This has been the most difficult moral dilemma for me. It's why you haven't heard me say much about it because I have struggled on this issue. Neither of the candidates is consistent with my views in that regard, but Senator McCain is certainly closer to them than Senator Obama by a wide margin," he said.
"There's no doubt in my mind about whose policies will result in more babies being killed. Or who will do the most damage to the institute of marriage and the family. I am convinced that Senator McCain comes closer to what I believe," he said.
Dobson said he was not endorsing McCain today because the Senator hadn't even chosen a vice presidential candidate. He added that he wouldn't put it past McCain to chose a pro-choice running mate. That type of behavior is what has frustrated conservatives, he said.
Dobson and other evangelical leaders increasingly are taking a lesser-of-two-evils approach to the 2008 election.
"What's at stake in this election is unlike anything else we've seen in American history, in my view. The decision we are going to make in November hold enormous consequences for the future of our country," Dobson said.
Source: The Associated Press, Citizenlink.com
*Original broadcast July 21, 2008.