President Richard Nixon’s former pastor, who is a lifelong Republican, tells CNN that on Friday he and others are launching “Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden,” a bipartisan group made up of about 10 senior evangelical leaders.
John Huffman was Nixon’s pastor in the late 1960s and early 1970s at the Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church in Florida, and preached at the White House at Nixon’s request.
Huffman said this is the first time he is endorsing a candidate for president since he was ordained in 1965.
“We want to make it clear that there is a dimension to pro-life that goes beyond abortion,” Huffman told CNN.
“The evangelical movement we represent seems to have focused so much on the pro-life aspect of the President's catering, in fact grooming, of the evangelical movement,” he said.
He said the group is not receiving any funding or sponsorship from the Democratic Party and is not an arm of the Biden campaign. "We are articulating where we are as human beings who take a strong position on this, and are speaking to the parties and to individual voters, not for any political party," Huffman said.
The announcement comes as Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Donald Trump ramp up efforts to win over evangelical and faith voters. Earlier on Thursday, the Biden campaign announced three new ads that highlights Biden's faith and will air on faith-based TV and radio programs.