John McCain and Joe Lieberman defended Sarah Palin during a conference call with Jewish leaders and supporters.
During the Sunday morning “tele town hall” meeting, McCain said his running mate was criticized as a “threat to the left-wing feminist liberal movement,” due to her being the mother of five children as well as a â€œreformer, a conservative, a tax-cutter and a spending cutter.â€
Lieberman, who introduced McCain on the call, described Palin as â€œvery able,â€ and said that while Palin â€œholds some positions on social issues which, Iâ€™ll be honest, I donâ€™t agree with,â€ she â€œholds them in a very respectful way.â€
â€œShe respects people who come to the other position,â€ he said, adding â€œI find her not to be ideological in a rigid sense. Sheâ€™s a practical problem solver.â€
The Connecticut senator, an Independent, added that the Republican vice-presidential nominee â€œhas a deep love for the State of Israelâ€ equal to McCainâ€™s.
McCain passed up an opportunity to criticize Barack Obama’s relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose criticism of the United States and Israel led Obama to cut ties to the pastor this spring.
Asked by American-born Israeli Rabbi Shlomo Riskin why he hadnâ€™t raised the issue, McCain responded that the â€œissue of Pastor Wright is pretty well known by the American people.â€ On the other hand, he said, â€œWe need to know more aboutâ€ the details of Obama’s relationship with unrepentant terrorist William Ayers and ACORN, which has been accused of voter registration fraud.
McCain also discussed his views on the status of Jerusalem, saying in his opening statement that â€œJerusalem remains undividedâ€ and then repeating twice that the city â€œis undivided and must remain the capital of Israel.” He added that he would â€œnever press Israel into making concessions that would endanger its security.â€
Lieberman later in the call noted the trip he and McCain had taken to the Jewish state in March, and that McCain knows the â€œhistoric Jewish claimâ€ to the city and â€œitâ€™s clear he will not be included in efforts to divide Jerusalem.â€
Lieberman later emphasized McCain’s promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem â€œas soon as he becomes president.”