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. Frank

    I guess that Americans of the Jewish faith are being challenged to answer a fundamental question.

    Which party would try to scare you into voting against your own interests, the Republicans or the Democrats?

    Israel is and always will be America's closest ally in the Middle East. But we will be unable to advance the cause of peace in that region if we are regarded as a nation that cares only about the people of Israel and not at all for her neighbors.

    October 23, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. mitch

    i guess that group approves of folks who dont tell the truth. whatever.they wont change anyone's mind, now.

    October 23, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Mike Kaplan

    Obama has always been very clear about his support for Israel, despite attempts to portray him as somehow suspect. The fact that he believes the Palestinians should also have their own state is not a problem- most Jews and even most Israelis agree with that.

    Most of us Jews are voting for Obama, and by very large margins. The Jewish vote has always been heavily Democratic, because the Democrats care about social justice, equality, and progressive values.... and the Republicans just care about taking care of those poor oppressed rich people. What are the other big Repub issues this year that might appeal to Jews? Joe the Plumber? I don't think so. Prayer in schools and right wing judges? I don't think so. Ramming religion down people's throats? I don't think so. Bill Ayers? Don't make me laugh.

    The Jewish vote always goes Democratic......and this year will be no exception.

    October 23, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. John

    It's what's good for America that is important, Barack Obama has already explained his position with respect to Israel. His position is no different than our current policies. Lets remember that Israel spoke with terrorist organizations in Lebanon to negotiate the return of Israeli soldiers, and they were criticized. Both sides gain something by speaking in a civil discussion, nothing is accomplished when you publicly humiliate a people without their inclusion. Obama is smart to open discussions with governments we haven't spoken with in friendly terms in years. When nations are shown to be unreasonable through open discussions via UN Diplomats, the less likely one of the veto nations are to close the argument with their veto. No one wins, it becomes a waste of time. It shouldn't be that way.

    October 23, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Tired

    I can't wait for this election to be over. Is it me or has anyone noticed that there is no more talk about the issues? McCain might as well have a ad that shows a kitchen sink being thrown at Obama. At least that would be his truthful ad.

    October 23, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Ronald

    Lets keep it real, the only way that war is going to stop is if both sides agree on something or one of them disappears.

    and no one wants the second option right?

    October 23, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    I am so sick of hearing "without preconditions". Obama has already clarified that he didn't mean anyone at anytime. The Republicans are beating a dead horse, or should I say dead elephant?

    Did everyone see Sarah Palin wearing a scarf with red, white & blue donkeys? Is she completely clueless or what?

    October 23, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Sagan

    Why anyone who is not a white protestant male would support a Republican confounds me.

    October 23, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |

    these must be the warmongers who are very rich

    October 23, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Joe Regis

    The Democrats in the Jewish community outnumber the Jewish repubs by a large margin, so I think this group is more like a fringe Jewish group backing the republican McCain.

    The repubs are doomed this year and those repubs who switch party and Dems this year can come the big outdoor party on Nov. 4th and 5th.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 23, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. irony

    the republican war in Iraq has made Israel more vulnerable by empowering a dangerous Iran. To continue this war is insanity. Not only financial but also strategically.

    October 23, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    God bless Jerusalem, AMERICA VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 23, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Bernie, NY

    Jesse Jackson said last week that Obama would throw Israel to the wolves or to Iran, if you please.

    Why would Jesse lie? No reason I can think of.

    Consequently, if you are Jewish, like me, I don't see how you can vote for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Harry Michelson

    I am a Jew. I fault every problem Israel currently faces on them and the Palestinians. The Iranians are an outside issue, just like Iraq was.

    I think Obama will be better for Israel than McCain. I believe McCain's hawkish position is bad for the country.

    Even Ehud Barak suggested that it might be necessary to give the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem back.

    This isn't Republican Jews, Democratic Jews, Independent Jews – all who happen to be AMERICAN JEWS – this is an ISRAELI JEW.

    October 23, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Jerry Mandelbaum, New Jersey

    Vote for Obama and say goodbye to Israel. Israel will become a suburb of Tehran.

    October 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden 08

    cnn why?

    October 23, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. David in Illinois

    Florida voters should be very afraid of John McCain's policies. Their life savings will disappear under his watch... or what's left of that savings after President Bush's economic collapse.
    One other thing ALL voters should be asking of McCain. What are the facts behind his long and ONGOING relationship with convicted Watergate criminal G. Gordon Liddy? Hint: It's far more scary than any connection Obama has with Ayers.

    October 23, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Dan

    Majority of the jewish community are for Obama.
    These are a handful that are pro – McCain and allowed themselves to be manipulated. These thing are not conncting anymore. People see through them..................sorry ROGUES!

    October 23, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Joel Miller

    I am one Jewish voter (and there are many, many more) who wasn't taken in by Bush. I'm not taken in by McCain or Palin and will proudly vote for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |


    October 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. republicans hate america

    I am worried about America not Isreal

    October 23, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. conny

    OK the kitchen sink is thrown in what next?

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. John in KY

    A Repugnican by any other name is still a "Repugnican"!!!
    give it up "REPUGS" your attacks are getting OOOOOLLLLDDDD.

    October 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Is there ever another prefix to a McCain or McCain supporter's ad than "anti". Aren't they for something and can't they promote that??

    October 23, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |

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    October 23, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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