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Dr. James Dobson endorses Donald J. Trump for President of the United States

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Please find below a statement from Dr. James Dobson:

“I have decided to endorse Donald J. Trump for President of the United States, not only because of my great concern about Hillary Clinton. I am supporting Mr. Trump primarily because I believe he is the most capable candidate to lead the United States of America in this complicated hour. I am also very enthusiastic by the selection of Gov. Mike Pence as Mr. Trump’s running mate. Together, I believe they will make America great again.

“Mr. Trump has been unwavering in his commitment to issues that are important to evangelicals such as myself. In particular, I have been heartened by his pledge to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, preserve religious liberty, rebuild the military, and defend the sanctity of human life. On the issue of abortion, I choose not to evaluate him based on his past position but rather on what he says are his current convictions. I believe God can change the hearts and minds of people and I celebrate when they support principles of righteousness.

“Without a doubt, my decision to endorse Mr. Trump has been influenced by the way his children speak of him as a father. As a psychologist and a family counselor, I have spent my life equipping and resourcing families. One thing I have observed is that you cannot make a “child talk about his or her parents the way Donald Trump¹s children speak of him. That is one of a man¹s most significant affirmations.

“Of course, I make this endorsement in my personal capacity and not on behalf of any organization. Though I can tell you 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.”


Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family. Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame.

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