Saturday, May 19, 2007

Conservative Christian Offers Praise for Romney

In the News

By Scott Helman,
The Boston Globe Staff

James Dobson says Romney has "the right answers to many, many things."
It wasn't quite an endorsement, but Mitt Romney must see promise in comments conservative icon James Dobson made about him yesterday.

Dobson, the influential leader of the Christian organization Focus on the Family, praised Romney on a radio program and said he may end up supporting him.

"I mean he's very presidential and he's got the right answers to many, many things," Dobson told conservative commenator Laura Ingraham on her show. Dobson said he hasn't decided whom to back, but that Romney "is still on the list."

Dobson, whose voice carries tremendous weight among Christian conservatives, said this week that he could never support former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani. And he has said before that he won't back the other leading Republican, Arizona Senator John McCain. That leaves Romney as the only top-tier presidential candidate who could land Dobson's endorsement -- a potentially huge boost for him as he tries to win primary voters.

Last fall, Dobson said he doubted that Romney, a Mormon, would appeal to a lot of Christian voters because of his religion. Earlier this year, Romney met privately with Dobson for nearly two hours at Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs .