October 23rd, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 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. Country first

    When you go out there to vote you better pay good attention and double check your vote before you summit it. In some ste if not all the republicans fix the machine up. If you vote straight democratic they fix the machine so your presidential vote go for McCain intead of Barack. So you might think you vote for Barack and the machine was fix and it goes the other way. So pay good attention to make sure your presidential vote goes to your choosing candidate. These are disgusting tactics that the republicans are using right now in some part of Texas and may be nationwide. We need fair and free election so rigging these machines is nothing but disgusting tactics. Also when you go to the polling place no political T-shirt because they will turn you away.

    October 23, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. bill for barack

    The Jews need to think again about who the REAL friend of their faith is, 'cuz it ain't McCain -the close personal friend of John Hagee – the same Hagee who made himself famous by saying that Hitler was fulfilling Biblical prophecy by killing 6 million Jews.
    I wouldn't support the man who embraces Hagee.

    October 23, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. INDEPENDENT WOMAN NOW FOR OBAMA

    DESPERATE, DESPERATE DESPERATE

    October 23, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. Phoenix

    So Jewish Republican, you are willing to support the same group that blamed you for our economic crisis? That's smart.

    October 23, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Brian

    John McCain would make a good Israelite. Israel before the USA right Lieberman?

    October 23, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    God help us all, if Obama wins. He is not ready to lead.

    October 23, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. Tammy - KCMO

    Thank you!

    I just want to thank the Republican party for the robocalls and the mailpieces spewing lies about Obama and local candidates in the Democratic party. That annoying voice of Guliani coming across my phone last night was the final straw.

    Now I can vote a STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET with a clear conscience and you've saved me a lot of time researching your local candidates.

    One of those Independent voters you've turned off of the RNC for life!

    October 23, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    The Republican fear and smear machine keeps chugging along, even though the rest of America can see right through their attempts at mocking our intelligence.

    October 23, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    It is SAD that The Jewish Republican group is doing a negative ad.

    Shalom.

    October 23, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. BOB

    I AM SURPRISED THAT NO ONE HAS NOTICED CINDY MCCAIN IN THE BACK GROUND WHEN HE IS TALKING. SHE LOOKS BORED AND ANGRY.

    October 23, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. aa

    who cares

    October 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. James

    Of course, McCain is just like HRC.....NOT!

    October 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Frank

    I can't believe some states have McCain way ahead of Obama, like Idaho, in the polls. I lost a lot of respect for the USA when Bush was re-elected. (Can you believe this? Bush RE-ELECTED! LOL) In fact, I haven't visited the USA since then. (Maybe in part because of my 72 year old mother in law, a 35 year teacher veteran was detained and questioned... go figure.) The GOP is just an angry, un-attractive self-serving beast and for reasons beyond me, some people are for it.

    October 23, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. sarah palin is a nightmare

    That is terrible. I'm really surprised at this group. The Republicans are blatantly using these people, and they should really know better. Shame on them.

    October 23, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. Justin in CA

    If only this organization spent half the time fixing its countries problems instead of trying to divide this one, they might be worth something. But they are not going to do that so they will continue to prod the beast, then run and hide behind they only giant that will protect them.

    October 23, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. jamie

    Gallup reports 75 percent of Jewish Americans are strong Obama supporters.

    October 23, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. AJ

    I am sure this organization is run by republicans – no doubt.

    October 23, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. br

    You stupid, arrogant, greedy, wealthy GOPs will try to do anything to fool people into believing you are the party to run this country. You have had your chances. You have screwed it all BIG TIME!!! If not for your idiotic policies, right from Ronald Reagan to the present day cowboy, we wouldn't find ourselves in the hole that we are in today. Enough is enough. Out you go all greedy, rotten scoundrels! At last we can hope to have someone honest, wanting to do good for the country. Thank god for that!

    October 23, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Is the Republican Jewish Coalition an‘Israel Lobby’ partner ?

    October 23, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Jon

    Pure bull. Obama has said or done nothing to indicate that he wouldn't treat Iran or other enemies of Israel the same way Clinton or McCain would. The only major difference is his stated intention to meet with Iran's leaders, if given the chance, and that's honestly a non-issue in my mind. Nothing wrong with sizing up the guy on the other end of the chessboard.

    October 23, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    I simply can't believe these people would vote for John McCain and all his connections with groups that would take over other countries, by force if necessary (PNAC/BILDERBERGS) .. Don't they realize he is in lock step with George Bush, Rumsfeld (oh yes he's still around), Paul wolfawitz, (him too) and Robert Kagan, John McCains foriegn affairs advisor on this PNAC PLAN?

    October 23, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. Real Talk

    Please post this!!!!!!!!

    How could a Mccain surrogate, and the head of the so called freedom fighters say that people are outraged that Barack Obama is using his campaign jet to go see his gravely ill Grandmother. This disgusts me and if John McCain does not address this than he is just as big of a meat-head as this IDIOT. What's even worst is that he thought this was a justified response to Sarah Palins 150,000 dollar wardrobe budget.

    October 23, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    CNN will you PLEASE let this comment stay....
    T Louis October 23rd, 2008 5:08 pm ET
    Obama will lose. Us African-American republicans will not allow him to take office. African Americans for Mccain Mccain/Palin '08
    -------------------------------–
    This HAS to be a PAID Republican blogger who is NOT an African-American republicans and ONLY speaks for YOURSELF. Us the majority of African-American republicans WILL vote him INTO office.....

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Kentucky

    I think that we should be more concerned about what happens should Sarah Palin become president. I'm sure that when her medical records are revealed, we will find that she suffers from frozen brain. I think we all saw the symptoms during the Katie Couric interview. Joe the Plumer has now more interviews with the press than she has.

    October 23, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    Barack the vote.
    The Repbublicans are desperate now. Please vote early and vote Obama. We will have a stronger America.
    The Jewish voters know who is for them and it sure as heck is not McCain!
    An American Jew who has already voted for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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