2012 elections

U.S. Policy Weakens Our Defense Against Terrorism

10/03/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

In the upcoming election, the nation faces a choice of two candidates who present contrasting positions on virtually every meaningful issue. They see America differently and would lead the country along different paths. It is hard to recall another time when the differences were so divergent or important.

Kenneth J. Bialkin

RJC Launches TV Spots In Swing States

09/19/2012

 The Republican Jewish Coalition launched a $5 million television advertising campaign aimed at Jewish voters in Florida, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. It began Wednesday and runs through Nov. 5 in cable and broadcast TV markets with sizable Jewish populations. The first spot is a shortened version of one of the group’s “buyer’s remorse” videos, which featured disillusioned Obama voters.

Election Stirring Passions Among Jewish Women

Women’s rights, economic justice are top concerns, but some question Obama’s commitment to Israel.

09/11/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

Just as she did four years ago at about this time, Blu Greenberg has found herself in animated debate with friends who are planning to vote for Barack Obama, as well as those supporting Obama’s Republican opponent.

“I find myself arguing on both sides,” said Greenberg, a prominent Orthodox feminist, who notes that most of her liberal, feminist friends favor the president’s re-election, while most of her Orthodox friends favor Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee.

The scene at the Democratic convention last week. getty images

A Jewish Guide To The Party Conventions

Expect pro-Israel talk at both, but a different tone on economy and social issues.

08/21/2012

Washington — Get set for a political double feature with much of the same plot, but with different outcomes for the issues that tend to preoccupy Jewish voters.

The same key words and themes will bounce around Jewish events at next week’s Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., and at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., the next week: “pro-Israel,” “marriage,” “Jewish vote” and “abortion.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, left, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will play major roles in Tampa.

Five Keys To The Jewish Vote

What to look for as the campaigns ratchet up.

08/14/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice-presidential running mate was either a political game changer that will galvanize the Republican base and shift the focus of this year’s election to economic policy — or an act of desperation by a presumptive presidential nominee who has yet to connect with average voters.

Romney and Ryan are expected to make a major push for Jewish votes and money in a community still overwhelmingly Democratic.

Ryan Seen Harming Romney With Jews

Concerns over social safety net in heavily Jewish swing states, as VP nominee’s budget plan scrutinized.

08/14/2012
Staff Writers

Shortly after Gov. Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket last weekend, the two appeared together on “60 Minutes” and tried to ease concern about the future of Medicare.

They might as well have been speaking directly to Jewish seniors in the crucial swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, each with large elderly populations.

Ryan’s hope: Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan energized the GOP base but could make luring Jews harder. GETTY IMAGES

Stark Choices, No Easy Answers

08/14/2012
Editorial

With the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, this year’s presidential election is shaping up as a sharp confrontation between radically different views of the federal government and economic policy. And a Jewish community that shares the general concern about the fragile economic recovery but also remains committed to an array of critical social programs will also be faced with the clearest choices in many election cycles.

Ohio Jews Poised For Big Impact In November

Jewish vote in key swing state could prove crucial if turnout is high.

05/29/2012
Staff Writer

Cincinnati — Out here in the America between the coasts, in what may be the most prized electoral catch of all come November, Sam Samet is President Barack Obama's worst nightmare.

And Michael Heines is Mitt Romney's.

Sipping a cup of coffee after the morning minyan at suburban Adath Israel Synagogue, Samet, 77, said he voted for Obama four years ago. But now, three years into the president's rocky term, the lifelong Democrat is so disenchanted with him that he might sit out the election.

VP choice? Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, left, with Mitt Romney. getTy images

Gambling On Gay Marriage

Will Obama’s move rally liberal Jews — or drive away what’s left of his Orthodox supporters?

05/15/2012
Staff Writer

Most American Jews, who continue to overwhelmingly vote Democratic, will likely see President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that he supports gay marriage as further reason to vote for him. After all, a “Jewish values” poll released last month by the Public Religion Research Institute found 81 percent support the right of same-sex couples to marry.

President Barack Obama revealed that his views had changed. getty images

Ex-Sen. George Allen to Announce Bid to Regain Seat

01/24/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Former U.S. Sen. George Allen, who said the denial of his Jewish roots helped bring about his ouster, is running for his old seat.

Allen was set to formally announce a bid Monday to replace Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who replaced Allen in 2006, The Washington Post reported.

Allen, addressing a Chabad Lubavitch event in August, said he believed denying his Jewish past helped cost him re-election.

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