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Rick Santorum blessed by Focus on the Family founder James Dobson pre-South Carolina vote

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Even though Rick Santorum kinda won the Iowa caucuses, he's a long shot to pass Mitt Romney and become the Republican pick for president. His last chance appears to be a strong showing in South Carolina tomorrow -- one that'll require evangelicals to get behind him (and not sinful Newt Gingrich). To that end, the Santorum camp no doubt welcomes the endorsement of James Dobson, founder of Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family.

Of course, Dobson no longer runs Focus -- hence his designation as "private individual" in his statement of support for Santorum. But he remains indelibly associated with the organization -- almost as much as Tim Tebow!

Here's the release:

Dobson Endorses Rick Santorum for President

Pro-Family Leader Believes Sen. Santorum Uniquely Qualified To Lead the Nation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 19, 2012 -- Dr. James C. Dobson today announced his personal endorsement of Sen. Rick Santorum in his candidacy for president of the United States.

Dr. Dobson, well-known radio broadcaster, psychologist and author of 35 best selling books, and consultant to three U.S. Presidents, said today, "The institution of the family is the key issue facing this great nation. It is the foundation, the bedrock, upon which every dimension of Western Civilization rests. If it is undermined or weakened by cultural and governmental forces, the entire superstructure will collapse in short order. And indeed, today it is in serious jeopardy. The very definition of marriage is threatened, which has implications for the next generation and the stability of society itself.

"Of all the Republican candidates who are vying for the presidency, former Sen. Santorum is the one who has spoken passionately in every debate about this concern. He has pleaded with the nation and its leaders to come to the aid of marriages, parents, and their children. What a refreshing message. The Congress voted in 1969 to impose a marriage penalty tax on husbands and wives who were struggling to raise their children. That unfair tax continued for 32 years, until George W. Bush rolled it back. Now, if Democrats and some Republicans have their way, the marriage penalty tax will be re-imposed in 2013. We desperately need a president who will intercede on behalf of those who are caring for the next generation and working to build this nation.

"While there are other GOP candidates who are worthy of our support, Sen. Santorum is the man of the hour. His knowledge of international politics, especially Israel and the turmoil in the Middle East, is highly relevant to the dangerous world in which we live. This is why I am endorsing former Senator Rick Santorum for president of the United States, and urge my countrymen to join us in this campaign."

James Dobson, Ph.D. Private Individual

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