October 23rd, 2008
07:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Republican Jewish group uses Clinton in anti-Obama ad

Sen. Hillary Clinton, who supports Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid, is featured in an anti-Obama newspaper ad by the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, who supports Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid, is featured in an anti-Obama newspaper ad by the Republican Jewish Coalition.

(CNN) – The Republican Jewish Coalition is backing Sen. John McCain for president, but the group’s latest newspaper ad uses Sen. Hillary Clinton’s record on issues of particular concern to Jewish voters (along with that of McCain) to make the case against Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

The latest installment in the group’s series of ads in Jewish newspapers across the country features Clinton’s positions on Jerusalem, meeting with leaders of hostile nations, and labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization alongside that of the two men still running for the White House. The ad portrays Clinton and McCain as agreeing on all three foreign policy issues with Obama as the outlier.

“Now are you concerned about Barack Obama?,” the ad says. “You should be,” it reads in all capital letters.

The taglines appear frequently in the RJC’s ad campaign and appear to be calculated to raise doubts about the Illinois senator’s commitment to foreign policy positions important to Jewish voters. "One of the most important things in foreign policy is understanding who your friends are and who your enemies are,” Matt Brooks, Executive Director of the RJC said in a statement announcing the new ad. “The three key issues of foreign policy highlighted in our new ad are good indicators of that understanding, and in each instance, Obama failed the test," Brooks added.

The National Jewish Democratic Council, which backs Obama, recently launched its own series of print ads in Jewish newspapers. The Democratic group’s latest ad focuses on Obama’s plan for energy independence and his positions on Middle Eastern foreign policy issues.

Jewish voters favor Obama over McCain by a ratio of more than 3-to-1, according to Gallup poll results released Thursday. Seventy-four percent of registered Jewish voters surveyed by Gallup in October preferred Obama and 22 percent supported McCain; 4 percent were undecided and 1 percent preferred neither nominee. The Gallup survey involved telephone interviews of 564 registered Jewish voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

Obama’s 74 percent support level is the identical level of support received by the Kerry-Edwards ticket during the 2004 election and slightly less than the 80 percent of the Jewish vote received by the Gore-Lieberman ticket in 2000, according to Gallup.

"More than any year in the past, Republican operatives have crowed about the increasing proportion of the Jewish vote going to Republicans this year," Ira N. Forman, the NJDC's Executive Director said in a statement about the Gallup poll results. "In fact, for every election since at least 1972 we've heard 'sky is falling' predictions concerning the Democratic proportion of the vote. However, it looks like this is going to be one more year when political pundits, some in the media, Jewish Republicans, and other partisans were wrong in their over the top forecasts," Forman added.

soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. gl

    It is over for McCain. So how cares what they said any more. McCain spend too much time attaching Obama and not enough about what he is going to do for the America People. He does not listen from his advisors and Palin is a drag on his ticket. OVER, OVER, AND OVER FOR MCCAIN.

    October 23, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. DEE

    We are not concerned about OBAMA. We are concerned about Economy, Health CARE, Clean Fuel. Thanks for the infomation,
    DESPERATE ATTEMPT

    October 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Joseph Adewole

    McCain and these so called Jewish Group don't represent The Jewish People; McCain don't even know what The Bible says about Jerusalem because he never went to Church neither does he read The Bible. Obama is a good and practising Christian, he reads The Bible daily and he is aware of one fact that God has taken him so far partly because of the LOVE he has for Jerusalem. The Bible says: "Seek yee the peace of Jerusalem and its people so that you will prosper". .........so says The Psalmist says.
    Barack knows this and that is what he is doing and that is why he is prosperous; that is why McCain will never get to The Promised Land (The White House). Like Barack, l am a member of The Commonwealth of Israel and Heir to The Thrown. This set of Jews that are carrying these ad better remember that: "WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE".

    October 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Theresa

    McCain 2008
    Hillary 2012

    October 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Ryan

    Does it really matter. BO will win, and under him, we will become the USSA, The united socialist states of america. Please, for the love of God Hilary supporters, prove me wrong.

    October 23, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Rich from Pholly

    Bush Administration just announced (off the record) that the U.S. will establish an "interests office" in Iran–looks like they think Obama's idea of talking with eneemies may not be all bad–they also recognized regime in North Korea. Cannot believe that jewish voters will be duped by McCain-Lieberman charades.

    October 23, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Vote4Obama

    This is just a scare tactic for those undecided voters however this late in the game I don't see too many voters changing their position at this time. Having Hillary backing Obama is enough to hold those that have already chosen their candiate. Shame on McCain and those Republicans that think negative advertising is good idea.

    October 23, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Charles Jameson

    More fear tactics from the McCain crowd. Just how do they intend to carry on domestic and foreign initiatives with a country in fear and an international community that is wary. First, they tried to instill the sense of the "other" in rural whites. Then, they tried the socialism angle. Now semitic loyalties are the latest hook.

    I believe that McCain's career will be defined as an outsider within his own party, the Keating-5 scandal and the desperate measures he took to try to gain the highest seat.

    As for Palin, when she tries again to run for national office, she cannot rest on the fact that she is "outsider" without little misjudgment that others can call upon to tarnish her. Every single word of fear mongering, every miscall of economics and foreign policy and ultimately the failure of extremist and desperate measures is something with which she is now saddled.

    Some 700-club Republicans view her as the rising star and the future face of the GOP. But in order to gain high federal office, you have to know how to work with centrists. And her words will come back to drag her down. I say she will likely be back in Alaska reminscing of the days of Louis Vutton bags in NYC.

    October 23, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. Will the real OBAMA STAND UP

    A former Obama worker Shakir Muhammad was identified as a Nation of Islam activist. Muhammad was paid by Obama's office as a photographer in the late 1990s.

    According to a black supremacist source tied to Farrakhan, Muhammad previously worked as a bodyguard for the Nation of Islam chief.

    The Anti-Defamation League identifies the Nation of Islam, the oldest black nationalist organization, as consistently racist and anti-Semitic.

    The Nation of Islam operates "under the guise of instilling African-Americans with a sense of empowerment since its founding in the 1930s," reads an ADL description.

    This guy is scary.. it's time to worry..

    October 23, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Justin Eilers

    All groups of people lie and exagerate. It just seems Republicans do it much more.

    October 23, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Michigan Mom

    Five former Secretaries of State support Obama's foreign policy plan to talk to our enemies without pre-conditions. McCain, like Clinton, is wrong.

    Just another scare tactic from the Republicans.

    October 23, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. BK

    It seems like Jews would be against the candidate that Al-Qaeda supports. If you don't believe me just google "Al-Qaeda Supporters Endorse McCain". They know he will continue the policies that waste our resources and will allow them to continue their war of attrition against us more effectively.

    October 23, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Dr G

    McCain's last supporters...the RNC is pulling away and its rumored Palin -they should have known she was toxic-is undermining McCain. Checking Politico right now...
    It was a Schmidt/Palin operation. See the NYTimes

    As the song goes..."smiling faces, sometimes, pretend to be your friend..."

    October 23, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. Country First?

    John McCain chose a "Country First" mantra, and then turns around
    and selects the most unqualified and hardheaded woman(like Bush),
    with no foreign policy experience whatsoever, with a very dangerous persona to possibly be President of the country. How is SHE going to
    protect us. No disrespect , but McCain's judgment allowed him to
    crash planes and get captured. Heaven forbid of he gets captured
    again while asleep in the White House. Sara Palin has already proven
    to be corrupt with Un American agenda. Top that off with her gross
    nonqualifications and we have a recipe for disaster. Voters, think
    twice about allowing the Republicans to fool this country again.

    October 23, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. Obama/Biden

    Obama has denounced the groups in question and he is prepared to protect us at any time. Stop he dirty, sleezy, dishonorable campaigning Mccain! You are using the Bush style fear mongering now! You have become a loser!

    October 23, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. deb

    All the GOP can do these days is probe for more ways to smear Obama – we want to hear what GOP will do for the jobless, homeless, hungry who have lost everything under GOP leadership over the last 8 years.

    October 23, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. B. Smart

    . . . Why Jewish voters?, Why?

    October 23, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. AJ

    A "Jew" supporting Obama cease to care aboiut Judaism and our proud history.

    ALL of Obama's advisors are hostile to Israel.

    October 23, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Lissa

    Politics of fear, once again. The Republicans are good at that – unfortunately, it turns off undecided voters.

    Gore-Lieberman got a higher percentage because of Lieberman on the ticket. But those who know the facts know that Obama is much better for everyone in the Nation and will vote their conscience, not the fear McCain's camp is trying to instill.

    October 23, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Mike

    Another proof that Jewish groups care only for Israel and not for the US. They choose a president based on what is good for Israel even if he is a mess like McCane.

    October 23, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. The Town Crier

    AND YET.
    Sarah Palin spent the day this past monday running around Colorado with Waybe Allard.
    What would the rpeublican Jewish Coalition say if a democratic contender ran around with the senator who put petty political machinations ahead of an important cause like sanctioning Iran???

    October 23, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. BOOTSTOMPER

    Give it up. Why all the hate from the right?

    October 23, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Neocon lies.

    Obama is a strong supporter of Israel.

    Try another one, John.

    October 23, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Clintons views on Israeal are different than Obamas. So not newsjust the Repugs interjecting race into the campaign again

    October 23, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Sam

    I dunno, the Jewish youth groups for Obama are a pretty strong force to
    contend with. They're practically demanding their grandparents vote
    for Obama under preconditions. LOL.

    October 23, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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