AP recently obtained a "private" email written by Focus on the Family's James Dobson that was highly critical of Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson:
In a private e-mail obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, Dobson accuses the former Tennessee senator and actor of being weak on the campaign trail and wrong on issues dear to social conservatives.
"Isn't Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should be 50 different definitions of marriage in the U.S., favors McCain-Feingold, won't talk at all about what he believes, and can't speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail?" Dobson wrote.
"He has no passion, no zeal, and no apparent 'want to.' And yet he is apparently the Great Hope that burns in the breasts of many conservative Christians? Well, not for me, my brothers. Not for me!"
Now Gary Bauer has responded:
erican Values president Gary Bauer says Dobson's email is unhelpful because Thompson is a candidate conservative Christians should seriously consider if they hope to avoid what he calls the "nightmare scenario" of having to choose in the general election from two pro-abortion, pro-gay rights politicians from New York -- Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani.
"He's obviously against same-sex marriage. He doesn't support quite the same constitutional amendment that some of the other's of us do, but he's been talking with us about it, and has been moving closer and closer on the amendment," says Bauer. "So I hope that we can, as a movement, be very wise about this, and not savage candidates that we may very well have to support in 2008 if they're running against Hillary Clinton."
The comments are amusing.
Dr. Dobson did nothing wrong in stating his concerns about Fred Thompson. Just because he is the closest top tier republican nominee to conservative values, does not mean we need to support him. We need to focus our efforts in trying to get a truly Godly man like Alan Keyes or Mike Huckabee in the running for the republican candidate. Compromising our standards just because the media is pushing for candidates that don't meet them is not mandatory.
Posted by teresa | September 21, 2007 9:08 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 09:08
Thank you, Mr. Bauer, for coming out in support of Fred Thompson! In most polls, he is already ahead of Rudy and I think this trend will continue as he is out on the campaign trail. As a conservative Christian, I fully support Thompson's candidacy and believe he is the only one who can beat back Communism, i.e. Hillary Clinton.
Posted by Stephanie | September 21, 2007 9:33 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 09:33
There are more Christian Democrats than conservatives. I suspect a Democrat will win in 2008 and because the republicans continue to be obstructionist and dis-obey the will of the American Citizens they will loose even more seats in both houses in 2008. If the Republicans want to win, they need to completely break with bush and vote for an instant removal of all troops from the Civil War in Iraq.
Posted by Magnum Serpentine | September 21, 2007 9:45 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 09:45
My, what a circus the Republican primary race has becoming. Fred Thompson isn't anti-Gay enough for evangelicals. Those same evagelicals MIGHT go for Mitt Romney, if it wasn't for that pesky Mormon issue. Rudy Giuliani COULD get a lot of the swing voters that help the Republican party win elections, but the social conservatives think he's too weak on abortion and Gay rights. Brownback and Huckabee are attractive to the hardcore Christian conservatives, but they'll never appeal to the swing voters. With the G.O.P. this fragmented, it would seem that the Democrats are going to win BIG next year.
Posted by Chuck Anziulewicz | September 21, 2007 10:03 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 10:03
Fred Thompson could have taken over the lead and stayed there if he had taken the opportunity to attend the "values voter" debate when the other top tier Republicans disdained attendance. He did not. In fact, he likened attendance to being a "trained seal waiting for the next fish to be thrown at him".
If that's his attitude toward being questioned on his values directly, then we have something to be suspicious of.
Posted by Bill | September 21, 2007 10:11 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 10:11
I agree with Dr. Dobson, you do not compromize God!s word.
Posted by Bob Cook | September 21, 2007 10:31 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 10:31
I am so disappointed in Doubson for not backing Fred
should realize from his own experience that ever word you use can be turned inside out
Thompsons is running for President not Pasteur of a particular church
Let's put things in there proper prospective. Tompsons professes to be a Christian he believes in Jesus Christ as the son of God
That looks real good compared to the Democratic believes
Posted by Pamela Tolson | September 21, 2007 10:46 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 10:46
I agree with Gary Bauer - and I don't understand how Dr. Dobson can in any way support McCain with his immigration stance, and waffling on other issues.
Fred Thompson definitely has stated very conservative ideas, and made some bold statements that I have not heard from other candidates.
Posted by John Penrose | September 21, 2007 11:02 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 11:02
I have to agree with Mr. Bauer on this. It certainly takes a person of political savvy to understand the outcome of having a Clinton in the white house that is ready to sell this country to the biggest bidder and forsake what this country stands for-life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and one, Fred Thompson-fighter for freedom and justice and the right to be free. This is something that liberals cannot understand. If liberals win this election, they will no longer have the freedom to do the things they do or believe what they believe. All the freedoms will be taken away by the muslims. God help us if he isn't already too mad at us.
Posted by Lupe V.Resendez | September 21, 2007 11:06 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 11:06
If we do not stand together and unite behind one candidate the communists will have it. I voted in the poll, but I had the same reservations. In the primary I would go for the Godliest pro-lifer anti-gay candidate. But in the big election, I would vote for the lesser of the two evils. Either way, the Democrats are going communist 100 miles an hour, and the republicans are going communist 90 miles an hour right behind them.
Jesus is coming! You better get ready!
Posted by Cindy Hill | September 21, 2007 11:32 AM
Posted on September 21, 2007 11:32
Jacob Burke Jr.:
I think we've learned the following lesson the hard way with the present administration...namely, talk is cheap!
Posted by Jacob Burke Jr. | September 21, 2007 12:00 PM
Posted on September 21, 2007 12:00
I disagree with Dr. Dobson. His comments were very rude! I will be voting for Fred Thompson!
Posted by Gina | September 21, 2007 12:18 PM
Posted on September 21, 2007 12:18
There is alos one other late comer to the run for the White House. Alan Keyes. He, to me, has the best credentials of them all.
We just have to keep praying that our God brings us together on the RIGHT man for the job.
Posted by IM4ULORD | September 21, 2007 12:19 PM
Posted on September 21, 2007 12:19
Talk is cheap, but actions and voting records mean something.I would think Dr Dobson would be smart enough to know that Mr Thompson has all that.Sometimes it's better to remain silent than to openly criticise and divide good conservatives.
Posted by Will Becker | September 21, 2007 12:46 PM
Posted on September 21, 2007 12:46
First of all, this was a private memo, not a Ministry Email. Second, this is an election and many people everyday share their opinions. Check out this blog.
I for one am very conservative and have a check in my spirit concerning Fred Thompson.
What do we know so far abuut Mr. Thompson? Very little. Is that by his choice, his lack of communication skills, or something he is hiding from the voters? Only he can speak up and change many people's mind, including Dr. Dobson's. Fred it's up to you to share with all of us your views an plans sooner than later.
P.s. Big mistake missing the Value Voters Debate.
Posted by Stevie Mac | September 21, 2007 1:05 PM