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Dobson willing to endorse McCain

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 20, 2008 | 9:17 pm

Not as if any evangelicals who would vote for Barack Obama put much, or any, stock in the political endorsements of James Dobson, but the Focus on the Family leader now says he is willing to consider endorsing John McCain. Notice that difference—willing. That’s a sea change from saying in February that he wouldn’t vote for McCain “as a matter of conscience.”

“I never thought I would hear myself saying this,” Dobson says in a radio broadcast that will air tomorrow. “... While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.”

Dobson defended his change of heart to the AP, saying it was not a flip-flop or anything like it.

“There’s nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context,” Dobson said in a statement to the AP. “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.”

Hat tip to The Caucus.

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