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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    Please. I beg to differ.
    The reason why Ms. Schulz-God bless her- "has to bring it up" is the same reason we had to clear up other GOP lies, misinformation, and media spins.
    The GOP keeps lying and we keep having to remind folks of what is truly going on here on planet Earth.

    Obama 2012 for Jews, Blacks, Latinos, Gays, Asians,Whites, the military, the disenfranchised, the kicked-to-the-curb middle class

    September 22, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Karen


    "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
    Not surprised at all. May 20, 2011 while in the Oval Office Netanyahu tells Obama Israel can not go back to the 1967 borders. Mr. Netanyahu was such a gentleman when he was so polite telling Obama Israel will not be forced by anyone, not even Obama, to go back to the 1967 borders.

    September 22, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Obama 2012 for Jews, Blacks, Latinos, Gays, Asians,Whites, the military, the disenfranchised, the kicked-to-the-curb middle class..
    And how are they all doing now after his policies have had 100% support for 2 years and time to have their 'big' impact?!?! Not so well, huh? How about Wall Street bankers and Fortune 500 companies? I think they love the Obama years.

    September 22, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    To have one ethinc/social/cultural/economic group vote for one party or another can be great. I just hope that the group understands the party and agrees with them. I hope that all understand that there is no group that is monolithic when it comes to politics.

    September 22, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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