Several GOP presidential hopefuls to attend AIPAC Conference
May 21st, 2011
06:05 PM ET
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Several GOP presidential hopefuls to attend AIPAC Conference

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama's Mideast speech this week came under fire from many in the Republican Party for not being supportive enough of Israel, several GOP prospective presidential candidates will be appearing this week at a major event sponsored by a key American Israeli lobbying organization.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman will attend a policy conference of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, Ari Goldberg, a spokesman for the group, confirmed to CNN.

Obama will be making his first appearance as president before an AIPAC event when he addresses the conference Sunday morning. Several leading members of Congress are also scheduled to speak at the event.

AIPAC said this year's conference will be the largest in its history with over 10,000 participants expected to attend.

Gingrich and Bachmann are expected to hold receptions during the event, which begins Sunday, the group said.

Huntsman and Cain are scheduled to attend the group's major dinner Monday night.

Roll Call first reported the attendance of the Republican candidates.

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Filed under: 2012 • AIPAC • Herman Cain • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Getting an early start on spreading their propaganda. Google PNAC and see what the republicans REALLY have in mind. Be afraid ......... be VERY afraid.

    May 21, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. SilverHair

    Why are we still pouring billions into this bible thumping egotistical faux state?

    May 21, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Len Smith

    President Obama is in full support of Israel. You know it and it will not change. He wants that area of the world to be safe for everyone.

    May 21, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. America First

    Israel causes us more headaches than they are worth. We get NOTHING out of the relationship.

    Israel spies on America, steals technology from American companies, and therefore steals American jobs!

    Terrorists hate us because we coddle Israel. As a citizen I can say what the politicians won`t.

    It`s time to stop being exploited by them. We give them money & aid that would be better spent in America.

    We`re getting a NEGATIVE ROI on our involvement with Israel.

    May 21, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Israel is an ally, but when do we step back and let it solve its own problems. I find it disingenuous that the Republicans are criticizing President Obama because he is telling Israel and Palestine to figure it out. At this point, I figure that if the Republicans are unhappy, then President Obama must be getting it right.

    May 21, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. ARTRaveler

    Just how much does AIPAC shower on Congress and how close does that come to what we annually give to Israel?

    May 21, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. flaggotry

    Watch out, in 10 years, the American flag will be that AIPAC logo...

    May 21, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Henry

    It is so humerous that these Repukes are paying homage to their Israeli masters. President Obama had it right in his speech. Everybody has to back off and start working together. This includes Israel and the Palestinians. We quickly see how the Israelis start showing their influence with these Repukes. And these are the same people who feel we are becoming like those European socialists.

    Perhaps we should let Israel go fend for themselves and see how quick they start negotiating.

    May 21, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. JP

    For once I agree with Obama Israel should leave all the occupied territories including congress.

    May 21, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. Sue

    I hope that Romney also ends up going. I am glad that there will be a lot of people there, to tell us what happened. The White House contacted all that are supposed to attend, to tell them that they are not allowed to "boo" Obama.

    Obama is just like Jimmy Carter-–ONE AND DONE!!!

    May 21, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Bill

    The President didn't throw anybody under a proverbial bus. The problem is that the current government is Israel is fairly far-right; if Netanyahu's party had lost the 2008 election, the chances for Israeli-Arab peach would be much more likley. MANY Israelis agree with what the President said.

    May 21, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman ALL know the position of the United States, as outlined by the POTUS, regarding Israel. They can either stand with America or Israel at the rally.

    May 22, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  13. Stokcu

    It is about time for AIPAC to buy the GOP candidates for the next election. There is only one reason for AIPAC to exist. That is not to serve both countries but only to serve Israel's interest

    May 22, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  14. Howard

    Hopefully, AIPAC, and the Jewish community in America, will now realize what a traitor, and hater of Isreal Barack Hussein Obama is ... and, hopefully they will immediately withdraw all support and all financial contributions for Obama's reelection efforts in 2012 !!!

    May 22, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. BeverlyNC

    President Obama was completely supportive of Israel. Republicans have conveniently left out parts of Obama's speech and are lying about what the President said. I watched the entire speech and it was a serious attempt to get Israel and Palestine to own up to their core differences. If they really want peace they have to resolve the land dispute and Palestine has to recognize the right of Israel to exist. President Obama's speech called for serious compromise on both sides. It was NOT negative for Israel, in fact, he was more pro-Israel in the speech.
    Republicans are so desperate they will lie about everything. This is their lame attempt to try to get some Jewish voters who usually vote Democratic. All the American Jewish organizations have already come out in support of President Obama's speech – so again Republicans are making hypocritical fools of themselves. What is THEIR solution for peace in the Middle East??? They don't have one. Republicans don't have answers or ideas for ANYTHING. All they do is criticize – but have no ability to lead. Great liars – no leaders.

    May 22, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    Just curious, but are we supporting Israel because they are a Democracy in the Middle East, or because they are a Jewish State.

    If it's just to have a Jewish State, let's give em Arizona and we will all be better off. Less problem with the southern border, too, I betcha. And to sweeten the pot, give em Nevada too.

    May 22, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  17. Jake Wheeler

    Anyone who shows up at this anti-American nest of snakes will not be getting my vote.

    May 22, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So when are our politicians going to stop kissing Israel's butt and force them to stop practicing Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing? President Obama discretely suggested that last week and got slammed from all sides.

    May 22, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  19. Tony in Maine

    AIPAC is simply another lobby – the problem is that GOP politicians pandering to the Christian right who are hung up on Revelations want to give AIPAC either State or Defense or perhaps a combination of the two called the Department of Mercenaries tasked to set the stage for The Rapture.

    May 22, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Even when folks dropping like flies this list is still WHOI????? and WHO CARES!!!!!!

    May 22, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  21. Mark David

    Did Netenyahu speak before this group? What are they, the lobbying arm for Jewish interests.

    I had heard that John Boehner had arranged for the Israeli Prime Minister to address our Congress, is this true? If so, why?

    I don't want Israel obliterated but I fail to see the benefit to the American people for our support. (at least those whose allegience/ citizenship is not split between the USA & the Jewish state)

    May 22, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  22. Chris

    Well, Well, here everyone go kissing Israel butt!!!
    You know I get the need for the US to want to have a country over in the ME in case something breaks out and we need to be there fast, however this little country take full advantage of its place!!! It is time they either do as we say or stop receiving our assistance!!! They are not the chosen few and the need to understand that they are just like everyone else in the world. Nothing special just bones, muscle, blood and skin like everyone else!!! Oh and in that same regard Muslims are just the same!!! We are all humans on this little blue ball called Earth and we need to work together!!! IDIOTS!!!

    May 22, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  23. Marry

    Jon Huntsman seems to be the only potential GOP candidate “thinking of running” that gives the impression he has at least some style and manors’. However, in the unlikely case he would get into the direction of the WH, who would he work with? The GOP/TP is so crazy, if he would come up with any ideas they would immediately withdraw support. And if he would go into what they have in mind, America (and the rest of the world) would be back into big trouble fast. Don’t forget, Jon is GOP and that is always the very rich and corporate America before the people. So, he too, no option!

    May 22, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  24. John

    I sure hope none of these American Israeli Pubic Affairs Committee Will believe these lying Republican Presidential HOPEFUL that coming to talk to you this weeks. Because the American people are and all way be behind you. President Obama Is just try to get both side back to the Peace Table. That Is all. the People who coming to talk to you are either a crook and a cheat, and one Is just plan don't have any qualified for It anyway and she a IDIOT. Herman Cain the only thing he know Is well If you want to start a Pizza chain he may be your Make, But had no Political expedience at all.

    May 22, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |