October 23rd, 2008
07:00 PM ET
12 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. Vic

    It's always been a mystery as to why the Jewish electorate seems to have endorsed Barack Obama. Or at least, that's what his campaign insists. According to internet postings about his his foreign advisers, past and present, make it no secret that he is seems to be sympathetic to anti-Israel groups. As we are in the last weeks before the vote, it's important that we all learn as much as we can about both campaigns.

    October 23, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. booby

    pleaaaase spear us this BS

    October 23, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. Scott L

    Obama is going to get crushed in the general election.

    October 23, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Smarter than the GOP

    McCain is what we should be afraid of, and the McCain-iacs

    October 23, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Itzik Becher

    the funny thing is that HIllary is now supporting Barak – so what is the point?

    October 23, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Sally from Cali

    Palin was braggin' about being a redneck today. Why is that not a headline. Now that's relevant to the voters (NOT!). Hey, she brought it up at her rally, not me.

    And we need a full accounting of the clothes that are going to charity when they get there. How will that work? Do they just give them to poor people or do they sell them to rich people and give the money to the RNC (poor people)?

    Social security, the economy, health care, jobs, let's take care of America first. Everybody is in the same hole that the Republicans have dug for 8 years. Get back on topic, please!

    October 23, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Roger Johnson

    This is the message I would like eveyone to know about. Obama is not good news for America

    October 23, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Ditto

    I am sure that non-christians across the country have been getting warm and fuzzy feelings from the expressions of love, acceptance, understanding, and kindness being expressed at McCain/Palin rallies during last few weeks.

    October 23, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Jeff

    The United States should always support Israel, however, American Jews should realize that this election is about more than just one issue. And know that an Obama/ Biden '08 vote WILL PROTECT ISRAEL. And know that this election is about the whole world. In addition to the Torah Jewish Americans must be loyal to America and Americans and all the issues WE faces as a nation. Israel is your homeland, but America is your home and mine. And the world is home to us all.

    October 23, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. This one is for That One


    October 23, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Obama 08

    Go back to Israel and fix your country first. If you cannot see the lies of McCain, you guys are being very stupid...leave and take your issues with you. It is time for real change

    October 23, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. Rodger

    I'm Jewish, I'm voting for Obama, any Jew that votes for McCain must be part of the Jews for Jesus group, who really aren't Jewish. Any Jew that takes the time to read where the candidates stand on the issues will only vote for McCain if they are right wing Conservatives that don't mind his pro-life, anti-woman's rights or pay, poor judgement in picking Sarah Palin as his running mate and has not heard any of her interviews....you can be Jewish, and still be dumb!!!

    October 23, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Shane26

    Last time i checked you old time jewish folks....Israel was no safer than it was 8 years ago....SO if you want it to get wiped off the map, because john mccain thinks its a good idea to give them a cold shoulder and not at least open lines of communication....McCain prides himself on being ignorant, he has an old time brain, He has lost his honor, respect by just blatantly lying to the public, well McCain not everyone is friggin dumb to listen to your "spin doctors" I mean give me a break, you are constantly targeting the most uneducated,closed minded and uninformed group there is who still think "communism" is a threat. What a Joke, and What a joke of a Canidate. You make me sick!

    October 23, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Pro-Israel for Obama

    I'm Jewish and I have no doubts whatsoever in my mind that BARACK OBAMA IS THE RIGHT PRESIDENT FOR ISRAEL. This is one area where McCain is likely to continue the last 8 years – and look where that has gotten us! Plus, Biden has by far the most foreign policy credentials to get a peace agreement done. If you want peace for Israel, you're best bet is Obama-Biden!

    October 23, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Independent but Leaning

    Obama is clear that he does not support Israel as McCain does. Even Jesse Jackson said Obama's approach to Israel would be drastically different from our current stance.

    October 23, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. Mike IN Bowie

    They try, but they never succeed. I think it's time to give up...take a bow.
    Barack/ Biden08

    October 23, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Why not create an ad where Obama explains thier are many paths to heaven. While McCain beleives all Jews cant get in now or through out history.

    Why any non-christian would vote republican is beyond me.

    October 23, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. please

    hmm – the REPUBLICAN Jewish coalition is supporting McCain? This is news? I guess it's news whenever anyone supports McCain anymore, even republicans. hahahahaha – tooo funny.

    McCain and Palin, thanks for the laughs, but I still won't miss you in two weeks.

    October 23, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    It's about time that America and her leaders NOT obey the dictates of AIPAC and Israel.....our poor standing in the world is due largely to our slavish obedience to the dictates of Israel as decade after decade it is a nuclear-armed rogue nation in bold defiance of dozens of UN resolutions, with its perennial atrocities against the Palestinian people the main fuel for the hatred felt for them and us by understandably outraged Muslims around the world. We might as well be a colony of Israel, which has mutated from a homeland for Jews into a Zionist expansionist regime loathed by the world....and we pay a terrible price for our obedience to it. I hope Obama DOES re-examine this very unhealthy relationship! Let's not forget too the ample evidence that Israel knew in advance of 9-11 and whispered not a word.

    October 23, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  20. suzyku

    These republicans wing nuts are getting even screwier! I wish this were over and they could all crawl back under their slimy rocks!

    October 23, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. martha nolley

    michael moore, what about the uss forrestal?

    October 23, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. Jen, California

    Just more "desperation" reporting by CNN:

    McCain/Palin - to restore SANITY to our great country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. David

    This ad is about three months late to help McCain. Are you sure it wasn't put out by the McCain campaign itself?

    October 23, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. KJL

    Sounds like a bunch of old biddies got busy. Obama wants peace.

    October 23, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. blue mind red state

    Voted for Obama today! Thanks but no thanks McCain.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 23, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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