Mitt Romney is the conservative candidate in 2008. And the longer it takes for Republicans to realize this, the more time will be wasted with infighting like I’m doing with this blog post. So it is time for all you McCain, Huckabee, and Paul supporters to cry uncle! We need stop working on each other and start working on the real problems in our nation: Obama & Clinton. And this movement needs to start ASAP.
And to kick this movement off Dr. Dobson has issued his strongest statement yet against non-conservatives Clinton, Obama and McCain. He also made it clear that the only candidate he will cast a vote for is Mitt Romney.
“I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, voted for embryonic stem-cell research to kill nascent human beings, opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, has little regard for freedom of speech, organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters in judicial hearings, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.
“I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has sounded at times more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP caucus in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry’s running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does NOT make the medicine go down. I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.
“But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should Sen. McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life. These decisions are my personal views and do not represent the organization with which I am affiliated. They do reflect my deeply held convictions about the institution of the family, about moral and spiritual beliefs, and about the welfare of our country.”
“Dr. Dobson’s statement speaks for itself,” said Gary Schneeberger, vice president of media relations for Focus on the Family Action. “He made it as a private citizen, and it reflects his personal opinion of Sen. McCain’s candidacy and record. People can read into it what they like; all I see is his own personal ‘straight talk’ regarding why he can’t vote for one candidate.”
Around noon today, Dr. Dobson talked to national talk-show host Dennis Prager. While he made it clear he was not endorsing anyone, he did say he would vote for former Gov. Mitt Romney — a Mormon — if he wins the Republican nomination:
“My theology is very, very different, obviously, and I would not find myself in agreement with the ways he sees Scripture, and, of course, their own interpretation and extension of Scripture. I’m not in any way minimizing that; it’s a very important issue.
“I think we’re facing such a point of crisis in our country, that we’re going to have to have the strongest leadership we can. And I think I could deal with that in the polling booth.”