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Democrats Try to Hold onto the Jewish Vote

By Jspace Staff on 11/7/2011 at 3:12 PM

Categories: Israel, Politics, United States

Democrats Try to Hold onto the Jewish Vote

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is heading the effort to make sure President Barack Obama does not lose Jewish support for his reelection campaign.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz held three town hall meetings in Southern Florida last week, focusing on combating the idea that President Obama is anti-Israel.

Armed with a two-page handout documenting the president’s “unwavering commitment” to Israel and a six-page “myths vs. facts” pamphlet, Wasserman Schultz, who is Jewish, invited attendees to provide counterarguments to her claims.

“As Jews, we really care about what's in your kishkas. We want to look into someone's heart and know where they stand and that they stand with us. And I've looked into Barack Obama's heart and his kishkas. I know that he feels the issues that are important to us. I've seen what's in his kishkas, and I know that this is a mensch that we have in the White House,” she said.

Florida awards 29 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency and is considered a swing state, meaning its result could determine the outcome of the election.

“The natural home politically for Jewish voters in this country is the Democratic Party. On every domestic issue Jewish voters care about, be it making sure we have a commitment to public education; whether it’s standing up for civil rights and civil liberties, standing up for people who have no voice and need someone to go to bat for them, or caring about the well-being of children and making sure seniors get a fair shake, Republicans are wrong on all of those issues, and the Democrats have a leadership role on all of those issues," Wasserman Schultz said. That’s why you still see an overwhelming amount of support in the Jewish community for the president.”

Wasserman Schultz also spoke at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Denver, Colorado.

“Israel should never be used as a political football," she said, urging those in attendance to “spread the word” about Obama’s efforts to increase defense assistance to Israel and calling attacks against his record with the Jewish state “deliberate distortions.”

According to a September Gallup Poll, 54 percent of Jews approve of Obama, down from 83 percent when he first took office.