James Dobson has been threatening to take his followers and leave the GOP for some time now just to turn around and support whoever the GOP decides is best for them. This election season he’s released various statements about how he will never support McCain, the heir apparent, and it appears that he’s serious as he’s seeking one million “value voters” who will pledge to stand by their principles, not the GOP:
Focus on the Family Founder and Chairman Dr. James Dobson invites values voters to pledge to uphold pro-family principles during this year’s election.
In response to the media’s efforts to minimize the impact of values voters, Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family Action are initiating a nationwide Values Voter Pledge. The pledge is a statement by citizens who are committing to vote only for candidates who uphold the highest pro-life, pro-faith and pro-family principles.
Focus Action is hoping 1 million voters will take the pledge, which will serve as a demonstration of the strength and seriousness of Values Voters in this election.
“I want to show the media, the pundits and the candidates that values voters are serious about their civic responsibilities this year,” Dr. Dobson said.
The pledge states that the pledgee will not support any candidate that does not support making abortion and euthanasia a crime, the undermining of the rights and privileges of gay people as well as the continued assault on separation of church(es) and state.
Of course, the only GOP candidate that meets these requirements as written is none other than Mike Huckabee whom appears to have split the evangelical vote with McCain. This, of course, has led people to believe that a McCain/Huckabee ticket could be in the future for the GOP, which may be Dobson’s goal.