Skip to comments.Christians Urged to Consider Thompson, Other Presidential Hopefuls (Gary Bauer)
Posted on 09/26/2007 4:32:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A well-known evangelical leader is encouraging conservative Christians to give presidential hopeful Fred Thompson and all other candidates a fair chance not long after another prominent conservative leader criticized the former senator for being too weak on key issues.
Although he doesnt endorse Thompson, former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer contends that conservative Christians should seriously consider him if they want to avoid a nightmare scenario where they are forced to choose between two pro-abortion, pro-gay rights candidates Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani.
He (Thompson)s obviously against same-sex marriage. He doesnt support quite the same constitutional amendment that some of the others of us do, but hes been talking with us about it, and has been moving closer and closer on the amendment, said Bauer, who is president of American Values, according to OneNewsNow.
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 theyre running against Hillary Clinton.
Last week, Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Colo.-based Focus on the Family, wrote in a private e-mail to friends and supporters that he will not support Thompson for president because he is too weak on key issues that concern the Christian right.
In particular, he criticized Thompson for not supporting a constitutional amendment that would prohibit gay marriage on a national scale.
Thompson, an actor and former senator from Tennessee, is against same-sex marriage but favors a softer stance, calling for each state to decide their own legal definition of marriage and forbidding states from imposing their marriage laws on other states.
Isnt Thompson the candidate who is opposed to the constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should be 50 different definitions of marriage in the U.S., favors McCain-Feingold, wont talk at all about what he believes and cant speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail? Dobson wrote, according to The Associated Press.
The prominent Christian conservative also blasted Thompson for his seeming lack of commitment to Christianity, highlighting the candidates rare expression of faith and for not attending church regularly.
He (Thompson) 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? wrote Dobson.
Not for me, my brothers. Not for me.
Bauer, on the other hand, highlighted Thompsons conservative views on key issues and noted that Christian voters will likely make their own judgments on the candidate after watching debates and observing who can raise campaign funds.
I think the one thing that almost every conservative Christian agrees about is that we cannot allow Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States, concluded Bauer.
According to the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll, the race for the 2008 GOP nomination is highly fluid, with Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, and Fred Thompson virtually tied at 24 and 19 percent, respectively. Not far behind at 15 percent is Sen. John McCain of Arizona while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has 7 percent.
In contrast, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has a clear, across-the-board lead in the Democratic race over Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois by 34 percent to 20 percent, roughly the margin she has enjoyed for months.
Correction: Tuesday, September 25, 2007:
An article on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, about the criticisms against presidential hopeful Fred Thompson and a call to not reject him incorrectly reported that former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer opposed Dr. James Dobson's criticisms of Thompson and that he defended Thompson as an evangelical favorite. The Christian Post confirmed with Bauers organization, American Values, on Tuesday that Bauers statements were not made in response to Dobsons e-mail and that he has not yet endorsed Thompson. Bauer does, however, encourage Christian voters to give all presidential candidates a fair hearing.
Another respectable conservative who disagrees with Dobson.
I agree I side with Dobson on most issues, but Fred Thompson is the man. Perhaps they will all see this as well in time.
I have had a lot of respect for Dobson, and continue to have respect for the man, but I too disagree with him. Fred’s currently at the top of my list.
We hashed it out a couple days ago...Bauer vs Dobson.
Some people aren’t through hashing.
Either way what I love about conservatives is that they are not sheep like the Libs. Period. If they, in the end, all end up voting for the same guy it is usually because their research and decision making process individually has bore it out that way. It is the drive by media the leads us to believe otherwise.
“We hashed it out a couple days ago...Bauer vs Dobson.”
Bauer plus prominent Southern Baptist vs Dobson.
I would like to see Gary Bauer more involved with one of the candidates. He’s not likely to do that. I would think his positions would be more consistent with Duncan Hunter’s than with any other, but Br. Bauer is not likely to endorse. We’ll see.
Mr. Bauer is a good man with a keen sense of history and heritage. I hope he is called upon by our new president (I am just assuming that it won’t be a Democrat).
On this issue, Bauer “gets it” Dobson doesn’t. Mailed my “Friends of Fred” check today. Glad Bauer spoke up. Hope Colson and others will do the same.
That he doesn't support Thompson? At this time I would have to agree.
Please take a look at all the polls: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/republican_primaries.html
Congressman Duncan Hunter isn’t even mentioned in the polls I linked to. What does that tell you? He may be the “conservative’s conservative” but he’s not gaining any traction. Senator Fred Thompson is, by far, the most conservative of the front-runners. There is soon going to come a time when conservatives and others concerned with our future will have to make a decision about who would best represent our issues, concerns and interests in the White House. Choose well, our children’s future depends on it!
The same polls had Rudy in front not long ago. And Howard Dean was leading at this time last election.
Thanks, but I’ll stick to my principles.
Bauer and I do agree on one thing.
We must not allow Hillary to become President!
I suppose Bauer would rather burn in h*** before endorsing a Mormon (Mitt Romney) who has both the zeal and the ethics? What is it with Christian conservatives these days? Have they truly become that bigotted?