McCain Says He Hopes to Mend Ties With Christian Leader

Associated Press
Wednesday, January 17, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 16 -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he hopes to patch things up with conservative Christian leader James Dobson, who said last week that he would not support the lawmaker's presidential bid "under any circumstances."

In an interview last Thursday with a Christian radio station in Dallas, Dobson argued that McCain did not support traditional marriage values "and I pray that we will not get stuck with him."

"Speaking as a private individual, I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances," said Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family.

"I'm obviously disappointed," McCain said during a stop in Columbia.

McCain has said gay marriage should not be legal, but he has angered some conservatives with his opposition to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. He said the issue should be left to the states.

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