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Christian Right Leader Backs McCain On The Air

Evangelical leader James Dobson sure took his time, but has finally come around to supporting John McCain. And last week, he put a bit of money behind his new position.

Dobson's Christian conservative advocacy group, Focus on the Family Action, reported spending $40,000 on a radio broadcast supporting McCain. That's a far cry from Dobson's message earlier this year, when he said he wouldn't vote for McCain. That was a big deal because Dobson and other religious right leaders mobilized evangelicals to vote for President Bush in 2000 and 2004.

Why the change of heart? Credit McCain's VP pick, Sarah Palin. On his recent broadcast, Dobson called Palin "a deeply committed Christian" and said, "If I went into the polling booth today, I would pull the lever for John McCain." With Dobson's influence, that means a lot more than just one vote.