International Edition
Search
CNN.com Home Page -
CNN Exchange
Monday, February 05, 2007
McCain recruits social conservative operative
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John McCain has recruited a veteran Christian conservative political operative to serve as an advisor to his likely presidential campaign, the Arizona Republican's latest effort to strengthen ties with social conservatives.

Guy Rodgers, a former national field director for the Christian Coalition, will serve as deputy director of McCain's "Americans of Faith Coalition," the Arizonan’s exploratory committee announced Monday.

In a statement, Rodger's praised McCain's "proven character, public service, military experience, and a common sense conservative political philosophy."

The Arizona senator, who is against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, had a lukewarm relationship with some social conservative leaders such as Pat Robertson in the 2000 presidential campaign. Robertson and McCain have since resolved their differences.

But last month, Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson told a Dallas radio show he would not support McCain "under any circumstances."

"He's not in favor of traditional marriage, and I pray that we won't get stuck with him," Dobson said.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
CNN Comment Policy: CNN encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. Please note that CNN makes reasonable efforts to review all comments prior to posting and CNN may edit comments for clarity or to keep out questionable or off-topic material. All comments should be relevant to the post and remain respectful of other authors and commenters. By submitting your comment, you hereby give CNN the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying information via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity. CNN Privacy Statement.
Search
© 2007 Cable News Network.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us. Site Map.
Offsite Icon External sites open in new window; not endorsed by CNN.com
Pipeline Icon Pay service with live and archived video. Learn more
Radio News Icon Download audio news  |  RSS Feed Add RSS headlines