WASHINGTON â€“ Some of the top leaders in Christian pro-family activism â€“ including James Dobson of Focus on the Family â€“ met in Salt Lake City yesterday to plot a strategy if Rudy Giuliani or another supporter of legalized abortion is nominated by the Republican Party as its presidential candidate.
Not only was there a consensus among activists to withhold support for the Republican nominee, there was even discussion about supporting the entry of a new candidate to challenge the frontrunners.
It’s no secret that Dobson, founder of one of the largest Christian ministries in the country, has no use for Giuliani.
This could spell disaster for Republicans in the case of a Giuliani nomination. The question is whether Giuliani could pull enough independents and moderates to counteract the lack of religious support.
In June, he said: “I cannot, and will not, vote for Rudy Giuliani in 2008. It is an irrevocable decision. If given a Hobson’s â€“ Dobson’s? â€“ choice between him and Sens. Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, I will either cast my ballot for an also-ran â€“ or if worse comes to worst â€“ not vote in a presidential election for the first time in my adult life. My conscience and my moral convictions will allow me to do nothing else.”
Bad news for the already-hurting GOP.
While some of those present found candidate Mitt Romney acceptable as a nominee because of his current positions, others were skeptical of him because of his past positions on issues of life and death.
Some of those present, including Dobson, have expressed skepticism about Fred Thompson’s bona fides as a leader on the key social issues of concern to the groups.
So Thompson and Romney are apparently out as well. Does that leave McCain as the dark horse to come back and take the nomination with support from evangelicals?
Or then there’s this absurd idea:
Perhaps the most surprising development in the meeting was the floating of an idea to recruit yet another candidate to enter the fray.
Among the more intriguing names mentioned was billionaire Foster Friess, a major Republican contributor and philanthropist who lives in Jackson, Wyoming.
I’d personally advise against such an option.
What I see happening is under the circumstances of a Giuliani nomination, he kisses up heavily to Dobson and other Christian leaders to try and sway some support. He has pledged to appoint pro-life judges essentially. I’m sure if Giuliani is the nominee, the ticket will be balanced with a more religion-friendly candidate.
Larry from Stranger In A Foreign Land explains why he, as an evangelical, supports Mike Huckabee and will never vote for Rudy Giuliani. Check his post out here.