On his latest Focus on the Family Action radio broadcast, evangelical leader James Dobson says, “While I will not endorse either candidate this year…I can say that I am now supportive of Senator John McCain and his bid for the presidency.”
With Dobson’s definition of “supportive,” who needs an endorsement? Dobson was reading from his October newsletter, which goes out to millions and lays out his reasons for supporting McCain and, even more vigorously, opposing Obama. Also on the radio recently, Dobson said, “I want our listeners to know that I have never, never been so concerned about the state of our nation,” pointing to the willingness of many voters to elect “a leader, Barack Obama, who supports and will promote the most radical and unconscionable forms of abortion and policies that will result in many, many more babies dying.”
Before that, Dobson dedicated another broadcast to talking with two women behind Born Alive Truth, a new 527 airing anti-Obama TV ads. Focus on the Family Action itself recently spent $112,000 airing a radio version of the ad in stations across Colorado. Now that’s “supportive.”
The abortion issue is at the top of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s agenda as well, but the group has so far kept the debate out if its ads, even as it attacks McCain and running mate Sarah Palin.
Planned Parenthood’s newest ad (below) focuses instead on the group’s own study ripping apart McCain’s health care plan. Airing in the Washington D.C. market, which covers Obama-friendly Northern Virginia, it features a nurse calling the McCain plan “bad medicine.” And yes, Planned Parenthood did endorse Obama.
This originally appeared on The Secret Money Project Blog, a joint project of CIR and National Public Radio tracking the hidden cash in the 2008 election.