DNC chair: Obama will win Jewish vote in 2012
September 22nd, 2011
09:51 AM ET
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DNC chair: Obama will win Jewish vote in 2012

(CNN) - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, predicted Thursday President Barack Obama would win the Jewish vote and her home state of Florida in the 2012 election.

The Florida congresswoman pushed back against the claim that Democrats lost the recent special election in New York's heavily Jewish 9th district because Jewish voters are disenchanted with the president's Middle East policy.

"The natural home for Jewish voters, both domestically in terms of policy and our Israel policy, is the Democratic Party and President Obama as our candidate," Schultz said on Fox News.

Some on both sides of the aisle have suggested Obama's popularity is slipping among Jewish voters because of the election and declining poll numbers among the constituency nationally and in New York.

But Wasserman Schultz, a Jewish member of Congress, praised the president's speech Wednesday before the United Nations General Assembly as another example of Obama's support for America's Democratic ally.

"Overwhelmingly Jewish voters support President Obama and his policies," Schultz said. "And the Israeli leadership consistently, before yesterday and including yesterday, have said that President Obama has been an unshakable ally of Israel."

She also said the president will capture the Sunshine State, as he did in 2008, because of his economic plans and what she said are the more radical factions of the Republican Party.

"Whether you're an independent, a Democrat or a moderate Republican, Floridians understand that President Obama has been fighting hard to create jobs, to get this economy turned around," Wasserman Schultz said. "We need to work together and we need the Republicans to stop allowing themselves to be controlled by the extremists and the tea party. That's why he'll win Florida."

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Filed under: 2012 • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • President Obama
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. gt

    Poor DEBBIE... she is the best thing ever to happen to the republican party.. get her out of leadership before she ruins another election....

    September 22, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Debby

    She is a Jewish dreamer!!!!!!

    September 22, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, predicted Thursday President Barack Obama would win the Jewish vote...
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    ...which would be a huge positive statement about American politics because it would show you can throw an entire community under the bus in years 1,2 and 3 and then make nice and get their votes in year 4.

    September 22, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. A True Centrist

    Saying "tea party" in every sentence is a good strategy for the Dems in 2012. They obviously can't run on their own record, which by all accounts has been a disaster, so this is the only way to the get the win. I can't blame them...the Republicans did the same thing after the Bush presidency calling every Dem candidate a "liberal extremist". The strategy didn't work for the Republicans, it will be interesting to see if the Dems fare better in 2012.

    The Dems are in for a tough battle. DWS says what she has to, but she knows as well as the rest of the informed public, that the Jewish community turned their backs on Obama and the Dems during the special election. Either way, I think the Dems win this voting bloc in 2012, but the enthusiasm won't be there and the financial support may not either.

    September 22, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Sniffit

    This Israel thing is getting rather silly....from both parties AND the MSM. I bet Lieberman is puffed up like a peacock over it right now though...when's he scheduled to chime in? Anyone wanna place bets on how much of the GOP's debate time gets overtaken by groveling at Jewish voters' feet tonight and dogwhistling that Obama "seems to have very muslimmy ulterior motives"?

    September 22, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Issa endorses Romney"

    Former Car Thief Endorses Former Jobs Thief.

    Fixed.

    September 22, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Steve in Denver

    @Four: How is it that Obama threw the community under the bus? By exercising diplomacy in the Arab world and building relationships with leaders? Scary stuff.

    September 22, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. john/columbus

    i bet she belives in santa claus and the tooth faery. what happened to the democratic party i used to know?

    September 22, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Steve in Denver

    @gt: Ms. Wasserman Schultz is smart, well spoken, and right on the issues. Only in you all's fact free world is that a bad thing. How you all have come to despise well spoken and educated people is beyond understanding.

    September 22, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Sagebrush Shorty

    I didn't even know we had a foreign policy. You learn something every day.

    September 22, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Positive

    I have faith that all Americans, regardless of race or religion, will see that the Republican's policies, especially the new extreme version Republicans we have now, are absolutely disasterous to this country and will not give them the power to enact them.

    September 22, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Sharon

    Debbie should stop speaking for the Jewish People, who elected her the spokesperson, anyone, especially a Jewish Person would be crazy to vote for the unqualified Muslem we now are stuck with in the White House.

    September 22, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Karen

    Steve in Denver

    @Four: How is it that Obama threw the community under the bus? By exercising diplomacy in the Arab world and building relationships with leaders? Scary stuff.
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    Why don't you ask the people that Obama threw under the bus. The Jews. Bet they could give you several reasons why they feel Obama threw them under the bus. One that comes to mind is Obama trying to force Israel to return to the 1967 borders.

    September 22, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. S.positive

    Do not get deluded. The Jewish community do not and wil not trust the Repulicans. They are smarter than you think. Given the choice, they will always vote Democrat as the Repulicans are like wolf in sheep clothing. They do not forget history even if the typical American does. Thats why they are successful, they are smarter...

    September 22, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Debbie Does it Right

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is a kind, intelligent, hard working congresswoman. She is right about the Jewish vote going for Obama, because Jewish people typically vote character/integrity over hypocrisy/self-interest. For this reason, Jewish people typically vote 80 – 90% Democratic. So the fact she even had to bring it up means that Obama is messing up big time.

    I hope she rapped his knuckles with ruler (and old catholic technique), for his idealistic rants about concessions Israel should make. As an african-american man, Obama should know better about the difference between intellectualism and harsh reality on the ground. For example, perhaps concessions are best postponed until the rockets stop dropping and the terrorist bombs stop exploding, etc. Never negotiate with terrorists.

    September 22, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Name king

    America need to be careful with this Irael political because they're way more Muslims in the world than israelites. The perry sharade haven't made this president job any easier with Israel and palistine. I remembered when bush was waging his two fake wars the dems showed the world that America was untied as one, even though the dems lewed the repugs position They knew that they had to make the country look united, not to show up weakness so that our enemies could exploit the American people. Perry have done a Terrible injustice to the American people safety and it's people and should be investigated for treason.

    September 22, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Victoria

    If anyone has doubts about Obama's support of Isreal why don't you look up what the Isreali prime minister said to him yesterday. Badge of honor

    September 22, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Why don't you ask the people that Obama threw under the bus. The Jews. "

    Funny...because Piers Morgan asked former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who is now Israel's current Minister of Defense, and he seemed to think Obama was just dandy, completely debunked the GOP's narrative that Obama has thrown Israel under a bus and, in fact, said Obama is a great friend to Israel. The only people throwing Israel under the bus right now are the MSM, because the longer this narrative goes on and the harder the GOP tries to sell it with the free talking point dissemination the MSM provides, the more sick of it reasonable people are going to become.

    September 22, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    Steve in Denver
    @Four: How is it that Obama threw the community under the bus? By exercising diplomacy in the Arab world and building relationships with leaders? Scary stuff.
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    I was worried more about getting called out on from my post by, " How is Obama making nice in year 4?"

    September 22, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "One that comes to mind is Obama trying to force Israel to return to the 1967 borders."

    Actually, what Obama stated is precisely what has been US policy regarding Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for a couple decades now: that negotiations should start from the 1967 borders and then proceed with land swaps to account for the current realities on the ground. Obama didn't make that policy...he's merely continuing one that existed throughout the last few POTUS' terms.

    September 22, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sharon

    Debbie should stop speaking for the Jewish People, who elected her the spokesperson, anyone, especially a Jewish Person would be crazy to vote for the unqualified Muslem we now are stuck with in the White House
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    Ms. Wasserman is a Florida congreswoman and head of the DNC . She is well-spoken, smart, on top of the issues, and you are.....?????????????

    September 22, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "One that comes to mind is Obama trying to force Israel to return to the 1967 borders."

    Google 1967 borders. Netanyahu's response ... albeit with conditions ... might surprise you.

    September 22, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Sniffit

    After Obama's speech, Netanyahu thanked him "for standing with Israel and supporting peace through direct negotiations. We both agree that this is the only way."

    Even Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, who is considered to be staunchly "far right," commended Obama's speech at the UN.

    The GOP and the rest of you fools blathering the GOP's NY-9 Strategery talking points are nothing more than liars trying to misinform your fellow voters in a bid to get the to vote based on misinformation. Nothing is more undemocratic.

    September 22, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Captain Awesome

    Sorry Debbie, but no one is buying it, especially the two guys in the background that are falling asleep.

    September 22, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Sniffit

    “I want to thank you Mr. President for standing with Israel and supporting peace,” Netanyahu said to Obama in a chummy press appearance. “We both agree that Palestinians and Israelis should sit down and negotiate. This is the only way to get a stable and durable peace.”

    The Israeli leader called Obama’s position against recognition of Palestinian statehood a “badge of honor” and said: “I want to thank you for wearing that badge of honor.”

    September 22, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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