GOP

Did Religion Play Role In Cantor’s Defeat?

Cultural factors seen influencing Tea Party voters in suburbs outside of Richmond.

06/11/2014
Staff Writer
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Rep. Eric Cantor’s loss a Tea Party-backed challenger Tuesday night in a shocking Republican primary upset was caused, in part, by his Jewish identity, says a political observer.

Cantor's religion made it harder to connect to the Christian, far-right voters in his new district. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Romney Comments Touch Off Fresh Debate On Status Quo

In Boca Raton video, GOP nominee suggests a hands-off policy on Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

09/19/2012
Staff Writer

By saying the Palestinians have “no interest” in peace with Israel and that all that can be done is to “hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it,” Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has described what many Israelis believe is a fact of life. But there is significant debate here about whether such a hands-off U.S. policy, as bluntly stated, is viable or preferred.

Jewish Republicans insist Romney’s critical remarks and support for two-state solution are not inconsistent. getty images

Cantor's Candor On GOP 'Anti-Semitism'

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor looked downright uncomfortable Wednesday when asked by Politico's Mike Allen at a breakfast forum about anti-Semitism in the GOP. 
The Virginian tries to take a pass on the question but then hands some credibility to it by talking about a "darker side." It seems he's talking about the darker side of politics in general, but he does not back down when asked the follow up: Is he referring to the GOP caucus?

Gingrich ‘Baggage’ Loaded For Florida GOP Jews

Character questions key to many seniors as Romney romps.

01/31/2012
Staff Writer

Delray Beach, Fla. — In the heart of Jewish South Florida — Boca Raton — on the eve of the crucial Florida primary, Audrey Atlas was channeling Republican voters everywhere.

A former Democrat who admits she has become more conservative in recent years, Atlas, 70, is so fed up with President Barack Obama (“he’s too left wing”) that she switched her party affiliation in December in order to vote in Tuesday’s Republican-only primary.

Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich at recent debate. getty images

Florida GOP Jews Seen Up In Air As Gingrich Surges

Israel, Iran key issues in advance of next week’s crucial primary.

01/24/2012
Staff Writer

More than 500 Jewish Republicans have signed up to hear Newt Gingrich Friday in Delray Beach, Fla., as they seek to make up their minds ahead of Tuesday’s Florida Republican presidential primary.

“This is our coming out,” said Sid Dinerstein, chairman of the West Palm Beach Republican Party. “We’ve never had 500 of us in the same place. We are getting noisy and don’t care so much anymore that the liberals won’t be our friends unless we sell out our grandchildren and Israel.”

Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich at recent debate. getty images

Romney, Santorum Say They'll Vote For Paul If He Wins GOP Nod

12/30/2011

Two Republican presidential candidates said they would vote for Rep. Ron Paul if he wins the GOP nomination.

Mitt Romney, considered a frontrunner, and Rick Santorum, now undergoing a late surge in polls in Iowa, both told CNN in recent days that they would vote for Paul if he were to secure the nomination.

Romney, Santorum Say They'll Vote For Paul If He Wins GOP Nod

12/30/2011

Two Republican presidential candidates said they would vote for Rep. Ron Paul if he wins the GOP nomination.

Mitt Romney, considered a frontrunner, and Rick Santorum, now undergoing a late surge in polls in Iowa, both told CNN in recent days that they would vote for Paul if he were to secure the nomination.

GOP Hopefuls -- Minus Ron Paul -- Address Republican Jewish Coalition

12/08/2011

Appearing with five fellow candidates at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum, Newt Gingrich called for “a dramatically rethought strategy for the Middle East.”

Cantor: Wall Street Protest Will Help GOP Gain Jews

Majority leader says Democratic support of movement will ‘aggravate and divide’; sees two-state solution jeopardized by lack of Palestinian recognition.

10/11/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

The legions of protestors around the nation demanding more economic parity, coupled with anger over the Obama administration’s Israel policies, will drive more Jews to vote Republican next year, said the Jewish majority leader of the House, who recently referred to those protestors derisively as a “growing mob.”

Rep. Eric Cantor, left, was in New York on Sunday to participate in a panel discussion with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, right.

Perry Is Texas-Size Problem For Jewish GOPers

Newest entrant into GOP field is longtime friend of Israel — and Jesus.

08/16/2011
JTA

Washington — To some conservative Jews, Texas Gov. Rick Perry would make an excellent presidential candidate. He’s been to Israel more than any other candidate in the field and has said he loves it. And Perry creates jobs.

But other Jewish conservatives seeking the anti-Obama candidate look at the three-term governor and see something arresting: He believes he’s on a mission from God.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaking in June at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.  Greg Skidmore/Creative Commons
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