Dr. James Dobson Switches Endorsement in Kentucky Senate Race; Says He was Misled by "Senior Members of the GOP"
It appears Dr. James Dobson has switched his endorsement in the Kentucky GOP U.S. Senate primary from Trey Grayson to Rand Paul. He endorsed Grayson last week, but now says he was misled by "senior members of the GOP" to believe that Paul was not pro-Life. Dobson now says he knows that he is, and so he has switched his endorsement.
Here is the text of Dobson's statement:
Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake? I did just that last week. I was given misleading information about the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul, who is running in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Senior members of the GOP told me Dr. Paul is pro-choice and that he opposes many conservative perspectives, so I endorsed his opponent.
But now I've received further information from OB/GYN's in Kentucky whom I trust, and from interviewing the candidate himself.
I now know that he is avidly pro life. He believes that life begins at conception.
He opposes earmarking and supports Israel. He identifies with the Tea Party movement and believes in home schooling. Sounds like my kind of man.
If I lived in Kentucky, I would vote for Dr. Rand Paul. Would you consider sending him to the U.S. Senate to shake things up in Washington?
David Weigel has some insight into what happened:
Dobson had been convinced, by a fairly successful whisper campaign, that Rand Paul's libertarian approach to the abortion issue was more or less pro-choice. That's not what Paul has ever said, though; like his father he's anti-abortion rights but wants the issue decided in the states. And over the course of a week, the Paul campaign convinced Dobson on this point.It is stunning that Dobson was not more careful before making an endorsement in the race. But he has shown himself to be somewhat careless in political endorsements before, such as the way he trashed Sen. Fred Thompson during the 2008 Presidential Campaign, largely based on what he was told by others, and without having personal conversations with Thompson.
The other obvious question from this story is, "What "senior members of the GOP" misled Dobson?