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Dobson’s McCain Hating Past Haunts


James Dobson and John McCain sure have a rocky relationship!

First Dobson, who heads the right-wing Focus On The Family, said he would never endorse McCain, a Senator many conservatives find too liberal. Dobson said he was ‘”disappointed” the party would back McCain, a candidate for whom Dobson “could not” and “would not” vote.

Then, after McCain had clinched the nomination, Dobson had a flip-flop change of heart, telling reporters: “I never thought I would hear myself saying this… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might…”

That endorsement got a little harder today, because journo Mark Nickolas dug up a 2000 press release featuring some choice anti-McCain comments made by Dobson.

Speaking as a private citizen back in February of that year, Dobson lamented conservative leader Gary Bauer’s backing of John McCain, who was then running against George Bush for the party’s nomination. Dobson even went so far as to compare McCain to then-President Bill Clinton, the right’s archnemesis:

The Senator is being touted by the media as a man of principle, yet he was involved with other women while married to his first wife, and was implicated in the so-called Keating scandal with four other senators. He was eventually reprimanded by the Congress for the ‘appearance of impropriety.’ The Senator reportedly has a violent temper and can be extremely confrontational and profane when angry. These red flags about Senator McCain’s character are reminiscent of the man who now occupies the White House.”

We sure hope McCain’s not looking to parade Dobson down the road to November. Although McCain likely doesn’t need him, Dobson’s resurrected remarks may remind conservative voters why they didn’t like him in the first place.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Aug 20, 2008
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  • 8 Comments
    • mark
      mark

      Daddy Dobson will just have to spend the rest of the campaign showering with young boys to show them his bigger penis…he loves doing that.

      Aug 20, 2008 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott Berwitz
      Scott Berwitz

      Mark –

      One of the best comments I’ve seen on this site.

      This man is a disgrace. When will the right stand up and say it already?

      Aug 20, 2008 at 2:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charley
      Charley

      The source of McCain’s money, Cindy’s mega beer distribution business Hensley & Co. should be an issue with all evangelicals. Mothers Against Drunk Driving should come out with an ad condemining the lobbying by this company against them. Here is an article from the L.A. Times

      http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-hensley22-2008jun22,0,4794559.story

      Aug 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      Good to know that such a bigoted crazy individual will have no real say and influence in this upcoming election. Otherwise he will be called on his obvious hypocrisy since he’s on record of hating both candidates and with Jerry Falwell dead the only other monster of prominence left is Pat Robertson, here’s to hoping he follows Falwell soon.

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