June 20th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Bloomberg: Anti-Obama e-mails are 'lies'

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(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted unfounded e-mail speculation over Barack Obama’s religion today, calling them “lies” and “wedge politics at its worst,” according to prepared remarks released by his office.

“Of course, in any election, one candidate’s supporters will look to pick holes in the other candidate’s statements – on Israel and everything else. And that’s fine. …,” Bloomberg said in Boca Raton. “But as we do that, let’s make sure that we, as Jews and as voters, keep the conversation focused on the facts and not let it descend into false rumor and innuendo.

“Unfortunately, we’ve already seen that happen. As I’m sure many of you know, there are plenty of emails floating around the Internet targeting Jewish voters and saying that Senator Obama is secretly a Muslim, and a radical one at that. Let’s call those rumors what they are: Lies.”

“They are cloaked in concern for Israel, but the real concern is about partisan politics. Israel is just being used as a pawn, which is not that surprising, since some people are willing to stoop to any level to win an election."

Bloomberg, who has been the object of both presidential and vice presidential speculation this election cycle, also praised McCain for denouncing the rumors.

Earlier this month, both Obama and McCain rejected a proposal by the Independent mayor for a joint townhall to be held in the city.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. honestlady

    @Marge....It has to do with the nature of the lies!! Questioning someone's religion, patriotism...and etc. No other candidate is attached in this way.......

    June 20, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Lee

    All the anti-American Muslim countries are supporting Obama. Plenty of anti-American racists, ala Wright, Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farakan, Pheger, etc. support Obama. Obama will say, or do anything to get elected. Vote for Senator John McCain in November.

    June 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. KE

    Bloomberg blasted unfounded e-mail speculation over Barack’s religion, calling them “lies” and “wedge politics at its worst,”…. but why?

    Why Sen. Obama is not proud of his heritage? (Religion is another story) If Sen. Obama is not ready to talk about his heritage with pride, maybe America is not ready to talk about it too. But his connections are obvious and American people need to be ensured.

    June 20, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Hey Rick,

    This site has a page that tells you where the candidates stand on the issues. It's amazing what you can find out with a little research.

    June 20, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Rich

    Kudos Mr. Bloomberg.

    June 20, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Nimone

    Whenever some folks can't find anything wrong with a minority, they call them saints or martys. I'll take a saint any day. Thank you very much.

    June 20, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Shane

    “They are cloaked in concern for Israel, but the real concern is about partisan politics."

    Concern for Israel? I am so sick of that canard. ISRAEL IS THE SOURCE OF THE MOST RECENT LIES. Namely, the Jerusalem Post - and then repeated by Fox News.

    The fact is, Israel wants McCain as President.

    June 20, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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