Key Evangelical Leader to Endorse Huckabee

First primary endorsement ever for Focus on Family founder
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 4:41 AM CST

(Newser) – One of the most influential Evangelical Christian leaders in the nation is expected today to endorse Mike Huckabee, providing a major boost to his campaign among conservatives, AP reports. James Dobson, founder of Colorado's Focus on the Family organization, has never before endorsed a Republican presidential candidate during a primary campaign. Dobson has grabbed national headlines with a number of controversial comments, including linking stem cell research to Nazi medical experiments and implying that the cartoon character Sponge Bob Square Pants is gay.

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Huckabee, who had been avidly seeking Dobson’s endorsement, yesterday also asked for support from backers of Mitt Romney after his rival's withdrawal from the race. “As a true, authentic, consistent conservative, I have a vision to bring hope, opportunity and prosperity to all Americans, and I’d welcome the support of those who had previously been committed to Mitt,” the former Arkansas governor said in a statement. (Read more Mike Huckabee stories.)

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