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May 4, 2010

Dobson Switches to Rand Paul for Senate

James Dobson has switched his endorsement from Trey Grayson to Rand Paul in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Dobson said that “senior members of the GOP” mislead him by saying that Paul, who is the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, was pro-choice. He said that Paul identifies with the tea party and calls him "my kind of man." Here's a portion of the advertisement Paul is running in Kentucky:

Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake? I did just that last week. I was given misleading information about the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul, who's running in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Senior members of the GOP told me that Dr. Paul is a pro-choice and that he opposes many conservative perspectives, so I endorsed his opponent. But now I've received further information from OB-GYNs in Kentucky whom I trust and from interviewing the candidate himself. I now know he is avidly pro-life, he believes life begins at conception, he opposes ear-marking, he supports Israel, and identifies with the tea party, and believes in homeschooling. Sounds like my kind of man.

A few weeks ago, CT noted that few conservative Christian groups are promoting tea party events, and last month, Chuck Colson expressed caution about the tea party movement.

When he first backed Grayson, Dobson said, "Trey Grayson is the only candidate with the conviction to lead on the issues that matter to Kentucky families. His unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life and the family resonates with me. I know that he will be a leader on these issues, not just another Senator who checks the box."

In unrelated news, Dobson's Family Talk broadcasts began yesterday. Earlier, Dobson had endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry right before he ended his radio program at Focus on the Family.

He also supports Dan Coats for his old Senate seat in Indiana who faces the Republican primary today.


[Sarcasm] Good to see CT magazine reporting on relevant issues about Jesus. [/Sarcasm]

I hope that Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck will also weigh in with endorsements for Rand Paul. But I fear that these absurd endorsements will actually be taken seriously by enough "conservative" Kentuckians to create more momentum against true wisdom and careful thinking. I happen to "believe in homeschooling" but I am very far from being Dobson's (or Rand Paul's) kind of man, and I hope to keep it that way.

Good to see that Dr. Dobson saw the light and didn't fall (permanently) for the baloney that the GOP establishment is spreading about Dr. Paul. Interesting that he would acknowledge that they misled him.

This is indeed wonderfully welcome news - the evangelical establishment has for far too long chased after the broad-road Babylonian, anti-Christian, violently racist, Pharisaic zionist 'blessed be the warmakers' political jamboree. Bush was 'supposed' to be a Christian, but who were the Christians in his cabinet to counterbalance all the Neocons like Cheney and Wolfowitz who brought us the catastrophic Iraq war (one million deaths) based on the most blatant lies in recent international political history? Dubya's 'Christianity' was clearly tactical, based on Karl Rove's machiavellian election chess-games. Dr Ron Paul has stood almost alone for sanity and Christian principles in the vile Washington pigpit called Congress which is mainly in the pockets of anti-Christian zionism, which also controls Hollywood and the non-Christian mainstream media.

As a Kentuckian, I will likely vote for Rand Paul. If he's anything like his father - and it appears he is - he is exactly what we need in Washington D.C. Too often politicians forget they are public servants and view themselves as masters. The Paul's are a refreshing change from this mentality.

Dave, do you really mean that you consider a candidate's religion to be relevant to his/her qualifications for office?

Although I am a resident of Iowa, I support many of the views of Ron Paul, but not all. I think a person should look at the positions of each candidate and make a based on your own opinion, NOT the opinions of of others. I think that is what has been wrong with American politics for so long. Plus the fact that just about every political and you see and hear is what the other candidate for the office has to say about what his opponets will do if elected instead of what THEY will do if elected. I think that there should be a law should be passed that political ads should say what what they are going to do instead what their opponets will do. The same goes for the public debates that are offered between them. That is a main reason why I think the Republican and Democratic Parties should be dissolved!

What arrogance.

Why Dobson's opinion matters on these things is beyond me.

As a Christian, I find Dr. Dobson's comments useful. Not because I trust him blindly, but because he and I agree on many issues. The bottom line is that none us know exactly what either of these 2 will do when in office, because they've not been there! Therefore, I will:
1. Pray
2. Consider
3. Vote
4. Pray

It's interesting to hear folks complain about Christians who vote based on their beliefs (some accuse us of not being intellectual), but when it's a "party" candidate who will just vote the way the heirarchy tells them, a lot of those people think that's just fine. I'd call that a double-standard.

I think that it is wonderful that Dobson endorsed Rand Paul. Looking back on the election, it appears that it was a launching pad for someone that really does stay true to the principles he espoused.

It is refreshing to see in today's political climate.