September 24th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
4 months ago

Florida congressman points to Palin to rally Jews to Obama

Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, in the foreground, supported Sen. Hillary Clinton during the primaries but is now urging Democrats to support Sen. Barack Obama.
Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, in the foreground, supported Sen. Hillary Clinton during the primaries but is now urging Democrats to support Sen. Barack Obama.

(CNN) – Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”

“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention,” Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida said at a panel about the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats Wednesday. Hastings, who is African-American, was explaining what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the presidential race. “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through,” Hastings added as the room erupted in laughter and applause.

After telling attendees that the most important thing Jewish and African-American Democrats could do to support one another was to get Sen. Barack Obama elected president, Hastings had one more message: “For those of you like me that supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, she lost! Get over it!”

Hastings was joined on the panel by Rep. Steven Cohen of Tennessee, who is Jewish and represents a majority African-American district; Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, who is African-American and whose district includes many of the significant sites in the 1960’s civil rights movement; and Georgetown Law Prof. Peter Edelman, who was a legislative assistant to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Cohen, who recently remarked that Jesus Christ was a community organizer, took his comments about the founder of the Christian faith further Wednesday. “A lot of what Jesus talks about is wonderful,” Cohen said. “Talks about helping people and lifting them up and caring about people who are sick and all those things. He’s a great Democrat.”

The panel was part of the National Jewish Democratic Council’s annual conference. The Jewish Democratic group recently voiced criticism of Palin’s invitation to an anti-Iran rally timed to coincide with Mahmoud Ahmedinajad’s visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Palin’s invitation was withdrawn by the rally’s organizers after Hillary Clinton announced that she would no longer be attending the event.

The support of Jewish voters is shaping up to be a highly sought after prize in the general election match-up between Sen. Obama and Sen. John McCain. Jews have historically favored Democrats by wide margins in recent presidential races. But, the McCain campaign is making a concerted effort to go after the loyal Democratic constituency and Obama has been plagued by false Internet rumors that he is Muslim which have had particular salience in the Jewish community.

soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Jr

    cnn post this,,,,,,,

    Break NEWS : McCain asks that FrIday debate be posponted to focus on financial crisis

    September 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. independent for Obama

    JJUST IN...
    MCCAIN WANTS TO "DELAY" HIS FRIDAY DEBATE WITH OBAMA..because he says is more important to focus on this bailout..LOL..McCain running scared AGAIN...!!!!

    September 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Shane

    that is so disrespectful. i am a democrat and am ashamed of comments like that. honestly palin has more governing experience than obama. I am leaning Mc Cain because I have lost respect for obama and his supporters. they have been very sexist and mean

    September 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Tony

    Hear! Hear!

    September 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Frantz from Atlanta

    This guy obviously got carried away in the moment. But I understand the point he was trying to make, which is baiscally "No way, no how, no McsAME/Palin".

    September 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Proud Soldeirs Mom

    Obama supporters just don't get it!

    Wealthy Americans, own businesses, or corporations and or invest in other businesses, and or corporations, which in turn creates jobs and lower prices for the rest of America.

    If you raise taxes on the Wealthy:

    They in turn will;

    Stop investing in other businesses (so those businesses have to raise prices, and lay off their employees to balance their profits.

    Raise the prices of their own products (if business owners) to balance their profits.

    Lay off employees at their own businesses.

    The wealthy want to stay WEALTHY, and will do what ever they have to do to sustain their life styles. Put yourself in a wealthy person’s position. What would you do if your taxes were raised? You would cut back where you can so you can continue living the life style you and your family are accustom to.

    By trying to stick it to the wealthy, you will only be hurting yourself, your family, and your friends.

    Obama supporters claim to be intelligent, educated people.

    Prove it! Do your own research. Don't take the rest of us Americans down because you are too lazy to do any research, and would rather just be a follower!

    September 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Cindy in the Carolinas

    I don't know 'bout y'all, but I always treat moose and blacks the same way. Theys the same color ain't theys? This has got to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard! Maybe he's trying to downplay the fact that Obama's grandfathers hated Jews. The guy would be better off quoting P Diddy. "Alaska? There's no black people! No crack-heads! No crime!" Of course P Diddy thinks the three things go together.

    September 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Wayne

    Biden was on Meet the Press 42 times.
    Palin was on Meet the Press ZERO TIMES!!!

    McCain is being sexist in how he is coddling her. Using her for photo ops but not allowing her to speak freely, answer tough questions and show us her mettle under extreme pressure much like how Obama did when he was down 30 points to Hillary or like what McCain did when he fired his entire campaign staff.

    Obama and McCain EARNED respect. Palin hasnt earned anything as she was appointed by one man. Lets see her show her stuff or fold under the pressure like she did on the foriegn policy question during the town hall or how she looked like a moose in the headlights when Gibson asked her about the Bush doctrine.

    September 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Tom

    Um, thanks Rep. Hastings, I guess. Now how about sitting out the rest of the campaign? We can't afford to lose this one.

    September 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. austin

    well i'm not sure how i'm interpreting his comments yet. one thing for sure, he got it right on with his last comment. i'm a full clinton backer but she lost. we have got to move on and pay attention to the issues.

    September 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Jason

    Obama the one who said Israel infects our foreign policy. Yeah Obama who called Wright his mentor will win jewish votes. Wright said zionism is racism. Obama went to a place that gave an award to Farakkan. Obama went to a place that had papers praising hamas.

    September 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Jim in Texas

    Most Jews do not support Obama, say what you will, what's done is done.

    September 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Wayne

    This guy should get no press but this is CNNs attempt to tear down Obama today. Notice the homepage..notice this article as CNN tries to inject race into the campaign.

    September 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. jimmie in Phoenix

    This is just one more clown in congress

    Jokes about jews and blacks just doesn,t play anymore
    good things not white or the would have put a noose around his neck
    and hung him.(didn"t see hillary dispute him) she just smiles and
    waits for 2012

    September 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. JO-ANN

    @BELLE...

    READ WHAT PALIN'S MINISTER THINKS OF "JEWS" AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHERE THESE REMARKS ARE COMING FROM..

    PEOPLE WE HAVE TO START READING AND RESEARCHING FOR OURSELVES TO BE INFORMED...THIS ELECTION IS IMPORTANT.....RESEARCH AND LEARN ABOUT ALL THE CANDIDATES....

    September 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. tony

    The same Hastings ( The CRIMINAL )no not the other DEM who was hiding money in the freezer-Yeah !! I'll take what any of these hipocrites have to say as anything but honest-There's Hillary the tossed aside candidate-How quickly you guys ( DEMS ) forget just how badly u treated her-
    Do you really think she has given it her all for OBAMA-
    Inside the Clinton house they are routing for McCain so Hillary can run in 2012 !!!
    Your in for a surprise-as all the people broke for Hillary in the Primaries ( OBAMA could not close the deal ) the very same thing will happen on NOV. 4-You can bet on it !!

    September 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    @ VICTOR NJ: THANKS FOR THE TIP!

    Read the Salon article about the "ghost writers" for McCain's campaign! They have people who write letters to the editors of our papers. This is just ridiculous! And juvenile.

    September 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Too much already

    Let's see if the pro-Obama media will pounce on this disgusting display... or will justify it as they do everything that comes out of the Obama camp- no matter how vile, filthy, vitriolic or disgusting it may be.

    September 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. How can I get some of that amazingly-good liberal PR??

    Alcee Hastings... Alcee Hastings... now where do I know that name?

    Oh yeah...

    He was impeached and removed from office for corruption and perjury. He is among a very, very elite corps of Americans: he is only the sixth federal judge to be impeached and removed from office in American history.

    Oh yeah, THAT Alcee Hastings...

    Now, again, tell me why I care what an impeached perjurer has to say about anything?

    September 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Hpotterfan77 in CT

    I'm probably going to get sensored as usual or wait in moderation for days but people, please go to the huffington post and scroll to the article about Palin's Kenya minister and see her video of getting "annointed" by this nut job! And you though Rev. Wright is bad....just wait!

    September 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. ANGIE

    Why dont someone point out what sara palin minister thinks of jews! and hes right any woman who totes around guns ,shoots moose, doesnt care about our enviorment ,proud of the fact her teenage daughter is pregnant, thinks she is above the law and lies constanly even when the truth is out ,is no woman that belongs in the white house setting examples for little girls young woman etc! obama/biden

    September 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. seriously?

    Ummm... Anyone here actually know anything about Isreal? Why would it matter it Palin has a gun to the Jewish peole? Almost Everyone in Isreal caries a gun, AR's etc in Public... At Schools... Isreal ( thus many Jews) are NOT Anti Guns... Although the first thing that Hitler did was to take away Guns and weapons from the Jews so that they could not defend themselves...and the world knows what happend when a group of people was not able to defend themselves... Hmmm Lets ask Obama and BIden about that, since they want to take your right away to defend your home and family...

    September 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Rick

    This guy has just proven himself to be a complete ignoramous. He just took an Alaskan lifestyle and turned it into a completely unrelated fear mongering rant. Obama and Biden should distance themselves from his comments immediately.

    September 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Boomer

    I am Jewish and appalled by Sarah Palin. Her kind of Christian fundamentalism has been a root cause of the descrimination of Jews.

    September 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Amy, NY

    Jewish people for Obama!

    September 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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