January 19th, 2008
05:50 PM ET
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Jewish senators condemn Obama rumor e-mails

(CNN) - In an attempt to short-circuit false rumors about Barack Obama that have circulated on the Internet, his presidential campaign has released a “letter to the Jewish community" from seven Jewish senators – none of whom have endorsed a presidential candidate – publicly condemning the e-mails.

Sens. Carl Levin, Barbara Boxer, Ben Cardin, Russ Feingold, Frank Lautenberg, Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden signed the letter, which was sent to reporters Saturday.

"Over the past several weeks, many in the Jewish community have received hateful e-mails that use falsehood and innuendo about Sen. Barack Obama's religion and attack him personally. As Jewish United States senators who have not endorsed a candidate for the Democratic nomination, we condemn these scurrilous attacks,” they say in the letter.

“We find it particularly abhorrent that these attacks arc apparently being sent specifically to the Jewish community. Jews, who have historically been the target of such attacks, should be the first to reject these tactics.”

The campaign sent out a similar letter, signed by community letters representing most of the major Jewish organizations in the United States, earlier this week.

Full letter (pdf)

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

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  1. Lady Eagle

    Late last week I listened to an interview from a former Republican operative who jammed the telephone lines of a Democratic office in 2004 so that no calls could go in or out. This prevented the Democrats from giving instruction and rides to their voters. He was convicted and served 90 days in jail, and of course, he has a book out.

    He gave examples of how they would use a recording of a black male voice to call a white blue collar home and asked them to vote for the Democratic candidate. They also would sometimes called over and over.

    His book has numerous dirty political tricks that they played on Democrats. When the interviewer asked him why he is revealing this information now, he said, his friends and his party threw him under the bus, ran over him and then blamed him for getting run over.

    Sometimes things are not always what they seem.

    January 20, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Dula Amarasinghe

    I need to submit this question to be asked from candidates tomorrow night debate in Mertle Beach.

    International Terrorism is the biggest threat to our national security and to many other nations around the world. It has been reported that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), most ruthless terrorist organization in Sri Lanka is funneling funds to Democratic Presidential Candidates with the intention of getting their name de-listed from the list of FTOS that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. I would like to ask each of the candidates whether they received any campaign contributions form LTTE. If so, will you return these funds promptly and take action against LTTE.
    Dula Amarasinghe, New York

    January 20, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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