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Dr. Dobson on Mitt Romney
The Brody File ^ | May 21, 2007 | David Brody

Posted on 05/21/2007 11:48:40 AM PDT by TexanSniper

A few days ago on the Laura Ingram radio show, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said he's not voting for John Mccain or Rudy Giuliani. No surprise there. But then he talked about Mitt Romney and his comments were pretty positive. Click here to listen. The transccript is below. 

 

Ingraham: Any thoughts on Romney? Any other thoughts on Romney? He is now winning in Iowa and looks like he is winning in some polls in New Hampshire.
 
Dr. Dobson: Since I talked to you I have spent an hour and a half with him and I liked him. I mean he is very presidential and he has got the right answers to many, many things. I haven’t made a decision yet, but lets just say he is still on the list.

 

 
Would James Dobson, one of the most well known and more importantly popular evangelical leaders come out and support Mitt Romney for President? If he did, do you understand the implication of that? As it relates to the Mormonism issue, his endorsement would give millions of evangelicals "cover" to vote for Romney. You would hear the line, "Well, if he's good enough for Dr. Dobson, he's good enough for me." 


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1 posted on 05/21/2007 11:48:41 AM PDT by TexanSniper
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To: TexanSniper

Ugh! Don’t be a sucker Mr. Dobson.


2 posted on 05/21/2007 11:52:12 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: AmericanMade1776; bcbuster; bethtopaz; Bluestateredman; bruinbirdman; Capt. Cox; cardinal4; ...
Ping!

• Send FReep Mail to Unmarked Package to get [ ON ] or [ OFF ] the Mitt Romney Ping List

3 posted on 05/21/2007 11:53:00 AM PDT by TexanSniper
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To: TexanSniper
RUN FRED RUN!!!!
4 posted on 05/21/2007 11:54:52 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder." --Frederic Bastiat)
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To: TexanSniper

Interesting. Good for Dr. Dobson. I hope this will help stop the silly religion litmus test issue.


5 posted on 05/21/2007 11:54:52 AM PDT by VegasBaby
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

So we voted to avoid a New England Liberal in ‘04, so we could vote in a New England Liberal in ‘08?


6 posted on 05/21/2007 11:55:09 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: TexanSniper
The ‘Mormon’ issue is only an issue among the press...
7 posted on 05/21/2007 11:56:00 AM PDT by mnehring (Fred Thompson\Zell Miller '08 - Give the Dems and Terrorists Hell !!!!!!!!!!)
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To: TexanSniper

And a little bit of enlightening pressure didn’t hurt.


8 posted on 05/21/2007 11:57:53 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( Mitt has the best hair!)
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To: TexanSniper

Thompson/Romney or Romney/Thompson looks like our best bet, especially the former. Romney would complement Fred well- his youth and vigor would help b/c of Fred’s health problems and his huge fundraising ability would help with Fred’s late start.


9 posted on 05/21/2007 11:58:11 AM PDT by MittFan08 (Anybody but McCain)
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To: VegasBaby

“I hope this will help stop the silly religion litmus test issue.”

Especially since it’s unconstitutional.


10 posted on 05/21/2007 11:58:50 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( Mitt has the best hair!)
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To: TexanSniper

But...but...I thought all those evangelicals wouldn’t vote for Romney because he’s Mormon. That’s what the media keeps telling me. Why would they lie?


11 posted on 05/21/2007 11:58:53 AM PDT by The Blitherer ("What the devil is keeping the Yanks?")
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To: TexanSniper

Romney is a good looking candidate on most issues. My fear is if he was on the ticket, the MSM would hammer him on the “unusual” Mormon views regarding women (like if a woman wants to get to the highest level of their heaven she has to be married to a good Morman male and then be eternally pregnant having spirit babies.)

If you don’t think Hitlery would exploit this you’re kidding yourself.


12 posted on 05/21/2007 12:00:57 PM PDT by steadcom
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To: Sonny M

I don’t trust Romney. However far he may have come in finally recognizing that we shouldn’t kill babies or compromise our 2nd amendment rights, this guy has already made his peace with compromising with the extreme left. How else could he govern Massachussetts? Moreover, I think he has that same weird preppy urge to serve that George Bush had. He doesn’t approach the job with the same burning committment to issues that Reagan did or Ron Paul does.


13 posted on 05/21/2007 12:03:11 PM PDT by farmer18th
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To: Sonny M

“So we voted to avoid a New England Liberal in ‘04, so we could vote in a New England Liberal in ‘08?”

So we voted against a Massachusetts flip-flopper in ‘04 so we could vote in a Massachusetts flip-flopper in ‘08?


14 posted on 05/21/2007 12:03:15 PM PDT by Neville72 (uist)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Hey, I’m as much of a Fred-head as the next guy, but I think it’s time we begin to think about Plan B. What if Fred doesn’t run, or the Hitlery-Hit machine digs up something on Fred that takes him out of the race?


15 posted on 05/21/2007 12:04:25 PM PDT by ssaftler (BDS - Coming to a DemonRat near you!)
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To: steadcom

In Minnesota in 2006 the Dems tried to play the religion card against Michelle Bachman (she’s Lutheran. LCMS or WELS) to scare away Catholic voters from her, it failed.

You even had people asking “do you agree with your church that the pope is the Anti-christ?”


16 posted on 05/21/2007 12:05:14 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Fence first! We can discuss the rest later.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
Ugh! Don’t be a sucker Mr. Dobson.

Like so many other 'leaders' on the Christian Right, Dobson will consider anybody as long as they come to kiss his ring.

Why is it so hard for Protestants/Evangelicals to find good spokesmen? I know there are lots of forgettable (to put it kindly) Catholic bishops but there are a lot of good ones as well.

17 posted on 05/21/2007 12:06:40 PM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: TexanSniper

Marking


18 posted on 05/21/2007 12:06:49 PM PDT by colorcountry ("You step in crap once and spend the rest of your life scraping it off.")
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To: farmer18th
I do not trust him at all.

No matter what view point he preaches, no matter what opinion he gives, I have to assume he is saying what he thinks will get him elected, and that he may not govern that way.

In other words, a vote for Romney is a vote for a question mark or flip of the coin.

19 posted on 05/21/2007 12:07:12 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: ssaftler

“Hey, I’m as much of a Fred-head as the next guy,”

Yeah sure you are.

“What if Fred doesn’t run,”

Bets please.

or the Hitlery-Hit machine digs up something on Fred that takes him out of the race?

And what might that be? Can you spill the beans or are you just constructing strawmen, Mittboy.


20 posted on 05/21/2007 12:08:42 PM PDT by Neville72 (uist)
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To: Neville72
So we voted against a Massachusetts flip-flopper in ‘04 so we could vote in a Massachusetts flip-flopper in ‘08?

So we voted against a French-speaking head of hair in '04 so we could vote in a French-speaking head of hair in '08?

21 posted on 05/21/2007 12:08:54 PM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: NeoCaveman

I think if Fred doesn’t run, I will be on the Mitt bandwagon. But, I think Fred will run, and will be the next President.


22 posted on 05/21/2007 12:09:21 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: ssaftler
Hey, I’m as much of a Fred-head as the next guy, but I think it’s time we begin to think about Plan B. What if Fred doesn’t run, or the Hitlery-Hit machine digs up something on Fred that takes him out of the race?

Then we're screwed.

Hillary beats a RINO. Simple as that.

23 posted on 05/21/2007 12:10:25 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder." --Frederic Bastiat)
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To: TexanSniper

I don’t need ‘Doctor Dobson’ to tell me how to vote.


24 posted on 05/21/2007 12:10:58 PM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: SoDak
I think if Fred doesn’t run, I will be on the Mitt bandwagon. But, I think Fred will run, and will be the next President.

I'm right there with ya SoDak.

25 posted on 05/21/2007 12:10:59 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Fence first! We can discuss the rest later.)
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To: TexanSniper

I don’t need anyone’s endorsement to give me “cover” to vote for Romney or anyone else.

In general I like Romney. He’s not my first pick, but if he’s the nominee, I’d vote for him proudly, he is head and shoulders above anything on the Dem side of the line, he agrees with me on most things, he’s clearly intelligent and clearly an adult.

I prefer Hunter, and Thompson, and Tancredo is growing on me, I’m looking for someone bold who can take a pounding. I want someone less willing to compromise than, say, Bush has been. I love the guy, but I’ve had enough of the “kinder-gentler” conservatism, I want the uncut version. Romney strikes me as a conservative in the “lets all work together” Bush tradition. I’m sure there’s a place for that, and if it comes to Romney, then fine. As I say, though, he’s not my first pick.


26 posted on 05/21/2007 12:11:19 PM PDT by marron
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To: Sonny M

I’m actually coming to believe that romney has no closely held values.

He governed Massacusetts as a RINO and many say “how else could he have gotten elected in the most liberal state.

I say if he is or ever was an authentic conservative, he couldn’t have gotten elected in Taxachusetts. So he flipped to a become a quasi-liberal to win a governorship and then flopped to become a presidential candidate.

In other words, he’s a nothing. An empty vessel willing to be filled by whatever political cocktail he thinks will allow him to run his next race.

He’s not an authentic anything and that’s pathetic.


27 posted on 05/21/2007 12:15:48 PM PDT by Neville72 (uist)
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To: Neville72
“What if Fred doesn’t run,”

Bets please.

I agree, the chances that he doesn't run seem to get slimmer by the day, but until he announces, he ain't in the race, is he?

or the Hitlery-Hit machine digs up something on Fred that takes him out of the race?

And what might that be? Can you spill the beans or are you just constructing strawmen, Mittboy.

Underestimate the power of the Klintoon slime machine at your own peril.

28 posted on 05/21/2007 12:18:44 PM PDT by ssaftler (BDS - Coming to a DemonRat near you!)
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To: TexanSniper

Dobson: Keep your thinking cap on!


29 posted on 05/21/2007 12:19:23 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: TexanSniper

Glad to hear this from Dobson.

I’m a conservative Born-Again Christian but I could easily vote for Romney just because of where he stands on the issues.


30 posted on 05/21/2007 12:25:01 PM PDT by tabsternager
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To: TexanSniper

I bet a lot of evangelical and conservative Christians have been waiting on the sidelines. In Iowa, about 1/4 of the Republican caucus voters usually side with some openly Christian candidate. Pat Robertson got 23% in ‘88 and Gary Bauer and Alan Keyes got a combined 23% in ‘00. I bet Romney will continue to surge.


31 posted on 05/21/2007 12:26:36 PM PDT by D-Chivas
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To: TexanSniper
As it relates to the Mormonism issue, his endorsement would give millions of evangelicals "cover" to vote for Romney.

What makes Mr Brody think there are "millions of evagelicals" who need such "cover" to vote for a morman?

32 posted on 05/21/2007 12:29:55 PM PDT by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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To: Saundra Duffy
Especially since it’s unconstitutional.

If the feds enforced such a religious test it would be.

But please don't confuse that with the current issue. There is certainly no Constitutional restriction on what issues a voter uses to make up his mind.

33 posted on 05/21/2007 12:35:10 PM PDT by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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To: MittFan08

I like the idea of a Thompson/Romney or Romney/Thompson ticket. Unfortunately, Thompson’s not willing to be VP and Romney’s exceeds when he’s in the leadership role, so I don’t think it will ever happen.


34 posted on 05/21/2007 12:35:19 PM PDT by VegasBaby
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To: VegasBaby

Agreed.


35 posted on 05/21/2007 12:35:45 PM PDT by Obadiah (Iím always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize Iím listening to it.)
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To: tabsternager
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36 posted on 05/21/2007 12:52:16 PM PDT by Rameumptom (Gen X= they killed 1 in 4 of us)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
We all need to remember that Romney is running for President - not to be anyone’s pastor or minister. You certainly don’t have to agree with or believe a person’s religion to vote for them for political office. Even if you don’t like Romney’s religion you at least need to consider that he is a believer in Christian values and is a faithful family man. Would you rather see Hitlery elected? The only thing she values is her own personal power and ambition!!
37 posted on 05/21/2007 12:53:45 PM PDT by POWG
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To: TexanSniper

I’m willing to believe that Romney’s had a change of heart on the issues, particularly abortion. To me, his explanation seems plausible. As I’ve taken more and more advanced biology classes I’ve become more adamantly pro-life. His route of study on the cloning and embryo issues probably paralleled my studies at school, and knowledge only made my beliefs that much stronger.

Instinctively, it seems obvious that a woman should have a right to choose what to do with her own body. But that requires objectifying a fetus as a woman’s property to do with as she pleases, and removing any of the personal responsibility of getting pregnant from her... But a fetus IS a seperate, if dependent, human life. If Romney now believes that, I am willing to take him at his word.


38 posted on 05/21/2007 12:56:45 PM PDT by COgamer
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To: Neville72
"And what might that be? Can you spill the beans or are you just constructing strawmen"

I don't mean to trash or criticize Fred Thompson but did you know that he once played a white supremacist for a TV show? I know he was just acting and it doesn't mean anything but you know how the MSM works. This is how they will portray it. George Allen was destroyed for much less. I know it's unfair and I like Fred but we have to be realistic.

39 posted on 05/21/2007 12:59:35 PM PDT by TexanSniper
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To: Neville72

Romney governed as a conservative while Governor. He had a very liberal legislature that he fought against for four years.

His problem was when he campaigned against Kennedy for the Senate. He took some liberal social stances that he has since changed on. You can call it unprincipled, but remember Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat.


40 posted on 05/21/2007 1:13:49 PM PDT by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: Saundra Duffy
Especially since it’s unconstitutional.

I think it's stupid to dislike Romney because he's a Mormon (there's plenty enough policy reasons), but it's certainly not unconstitutional, unless they added the "Everyone Must Like Everyone Else Despite Whatever Reasons They Think They Might Have To Not To Amendment" while I was sleeping.

41 posted on 05/21/2007 1:24:55 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Calling illegal aliens undocumented workers is like calling drug dealers unlicensed pharmacist)
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42 posted on 05/21/2007 1:30:08 PM PDT by Politicalmom ("ARREST ILLEGALS AND SEND THEM BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM" Fred Thompson)
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To: VegasBaby

I disagree. I think Romney could be a great at VP too. I am not sure if Fred can catch him, waiting till June is going hurt him bad in Iowa.


43 posted on 05/21/2007 1:38:41 PM PDT by nowandlater
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To: teddyballgame
Exactly. If you look at the position sheet in the '94 campaign against Kennedy (it's on Unmarked Package's homepage near the bottom) you will see that Mitt took ONLY ONE one position that would be considered not conservative out of 24 issues (one that he now regrets).

It is heartening to see how he disagreed with Kennedy on virtually everything. Take a look at it here.

44 posted on 05/21/2007 1:45:59 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (MITTREPORT.COM)
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To: farmer18th; OrthodoxPresbyterian
He doesn’t approach the job with the same burning committment to issues that Reagan did or Ron Paul does.

That's a good point.

45 posted on 05/21/2007 1:49:22 PM PDT by The_Eaglet
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To: teddyballgame

“Romney governed as a conservative while Governor. He had a very liberal legislature that he fought against for four years.

His problem was when he campaigned against Kennedy for the Senate. He took some liberal social stances that he has since changed on. You can call it unprincipled, but remember Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat.”

Exactly. When Romney ran against Kennedy in 1994, it was his first entrance into the political arena—he wasn’t a politician—he was a businessman. One would expect that after additional experience under his belt as governor, he would have been exposed to a lot of the things he had never previously had to deal with in business (abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, etc.). Experiences change all politicians. Unfortunately, Romney’s not been in the political arena as long as someone like McCain or Thompson (yes, I know he only held political office for a short time, but he had been involved in Washington politics since the Nixon era), so Romney’s evolution on issues is labeled as being “politically expedient.” But as I, and a lot of conservative pundits—Rush, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, etc. have said, at least Mitt’s moving in the right direction. I’d be more worried if his “flips” had actually “flopped”—for which there’s no evidence they have or will.


46 posted on 05/21/2007 1:50:06 PM PDT by VegasBaby
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To: ssaftler

What if Fred doesn’t run...


It’s a lock he will, unless something remarkable intervenes.

Give it 40 days.


47 posted on 05/21/2007 1:52:39 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney (...and another "Constitution-bot"))
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To: redgirlinabluestate

I have to laugh, if you look at the issue sheet I just mentioned, the very last category is “Require Congress to Live by the Laws They Pass” and Kennedy said, “No.” That explains it.


48 posted on 05/21/2007 1:52:51 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (MITTREPORT.COM)
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To: ssaftler
Hey, I’m as much of a Fred-head as the next guy, but I think it’s time we begin to think about Plan B. What if Fred doesn’t run, or the Hitlery-Hit machine digs up something on Fred that takes him out of the race?

Very smart thinking there my friend; very smart. And, I am in total agreement with you.

BTW, re: your tagline, forgive my ignorance but what is "BDS"?
49 posted on 05/21/2007 1:55:40 PM PDT by no dems (Michele Malkin: She's Ann Coulter with class.)
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To: VegasBaby

I think Romney would accept the VP slot under Fred, because he would be on the fast track for the nomination in 4 or 8 years, which is not a long time.

I’d prefer Hunter or an established conservative, but I think if Fred comes out of the gate decisively, and holds the lead, Romney will try to avoid any “voodoo economics”-type attacks that would make it uncomfortable to pick him for VP.


50 posted on 05/21/2007 1:57:17 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney (...and another "Constitution-bot"))
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