After reports surfaced about him and the Council on National Policy planning to run a third-party candidate against Rudy Giuliani if he’s nominated, James Dobson’s camp sought to deny it. A spokesman for Focus on Family was quoted as saying Dobson would oppose a third-party candidate even if “both Democratic and Republican nominees are known to be entirely unsupportive of the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage and other aspects of the pro-moral agenda.” But now, Dobson seems to have reversed course:
The other issue discussed at length concerned the advisability of creating a third party if Democrats and Republicans do indeed abandon the sanctity of human life and other traditional family values. Though there was some support for the proposal, no consensus emerged.
Speaking personally, and not for the organization I represent or the other leaders gathered in Salt Lake City, I firmly believe that the selection of a president should begin with a recommitment to traditional moral values and beliefs. Those include the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage, and other inviolable pro-family principles. Only after that determination is made can the acceptability of a nominee be assessed.
The other approach, which I find problematic, is to choose a candidate according to the likelihood of electoral success or failure. Polls don’t measure right and wrong; voting according to the possibility of winning or losing can lead directly to the compromise of one’s principles. In the present political climate, it could result in the abandonment of cherished beliefs that conservative Christians have promoted and defended for decades. Winning the presidential election is vitally important, but not at the expense of what we hold most dear.
If the major political parties decide to abandon conservative principles, the cohesion of pro-family advocates will be all too apparent in 2008.
So there you have it: Dobson, in no uncertain terms, is saying he’ll back a third-party candidate against Giuliani. W00t.