Barack Obama

Good News for McCain — or Polling Mush?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Here’s a political shocker for you: Jews who say religion is “an important part of my daily life” are more likely to vote for Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, than those who say religion isn’t as important. How do you spell “Duh?” This nugget was part of a Gallup poll released this week that shows the same dynamic working in the broader population, but even more so.

Obama Campaign Kicks Off Jewish Leadership Team in NY

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 Adam Dickter in New York Sen. Barack Obama’s Jewish campaign operation is getting more organized in New York, as evidenced by a mass meeting at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday. The meeting kicked off the campaign’s Jewish Community Leadrship Committee here.

Obama/Bloomberg 08?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 Adam Dickter Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s spirited defense of Barack Obama before a Jewish organization in Florida this week leads to the obvious questions about whether he’s positioning for a veep nomination, trying to stay politically relevant, simply speaking his conscience, or some combination of the above.

The Next Senator from Minnesota: A New York Jew, For Sure

Sunday, June 8th, 2008 James Besser in Washington It’s official: Minnesota’s Senate contest in November will feature two Jews, and that’s no joke even though the Democratic challenger is a former Saturday Night Live humorist. On Saturday comedian Al Franken won the right to challenge Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican who is seeking a second term.

McCain and Obama Speeches at AIPAC

Thursday, June 5th, 2008 James Besser in Washington You’ve read about them, now watch them for yourselves. Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, who have secured the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations, are staking out positions that will give Jewish voters a distinct choice on foreign policy questions. Those differences were explicitly laid out in their speeches to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference this week. Here are video clips of their speeches.

Talk at AIPAC: What Will Hillary Do?

Monday, June 2nd, 2008 James Besser in Washington Every year there’s a predominant buzz at the AIPAC policy conference. Last year it was the controversy over the dramatic appearance of Christians United for Israel president John Hagee; in 2005 and 2006 much of the talk in the hallways was about the federal investigation into two former AIPAC staffers.

Obama at AIPAC: Mission Accomplished?

Monday, June 2nd, 2008 James Besser in Washington Several Barack Obama supporters said earlier in the week that today’s speech at AIPAC would be the critical moment in his effort to keep Jewish voters on the Democratic reservation in November. They must be kvelling now that the speech is over. A pro-Israel group whose leaders feared a less-than-friendly reception gave Obama one of the most enthusiastic receptions of the three-day conference.

McCain Slams Obama in AIPAC Speech

Sunday, June 1st, 2008 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) signaled an aggressive effort to win the pro-Israel vote in November with a stingingly partisan speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference on Monday. Breaking with a tradition generally observed by AIPAC keynoters, McCain attacked Sen. Barack Obama by name for his positions on Iran and the Iraq war. McCain warmed up a friendly crowd by indirectly criticizing Obama’s offer to meet with Iranian leaders.

AIPAC Conference Will Welcome Politically Troubled Olmert, Clinton

Friday, May 30th, 2008 AIPAC’s ability to lure top politicians to its annual policy conference is widely accepted as a measure of the group’s undiminished clout. By that standard, this week’s conference of the pro-Israel lobby giant — which begins today - suggests that the federal prosecution of two former employees and continuing attacks from the Walt-Mearsheimer axis were mere blips, not major crises.
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