James Dobson has endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump for president, further boosting the candidate’s standing among evangelical voters.
The Focus on the Family founder released his endorsement on Thursday (July 21), hours before Trump was set to take the stage to accept his party’s nomination on the last night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
And, while he said he made the endorsement only on behalf of himself and not on behalf of Focus on the Family or his Family Talk organization and radio program, he said, “Most evangelicals I know have decided for various reasons that they will really have only have one choice for president, and that is Donald J. Trump.”
“I believe it’s a good choice. America needs strong and competent leadership,” he said.
Dobson, a member of Trump’s evangelical advisory board, had attended the meeting last month in New York City between Trump and nearly 1,000 evangelical Christians. He made headlines when he announced the candidate recently did “accept a relationship with Christ” and was now a “baby Christian,” something Trump still has not acknowledged.
His decision to endorse Trump came in direct response to Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech the night before at the convention, a Dobson spokesperson confirmed to RNS. The Texas senator had been booed when he it became clear he would not formally endorse the candidate.
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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Emily McFarlan Miller