John McCain

  • The Iran debate exchange

    Friday night’s debate discussion about the Iran threat featured a lot of talk about Israel. John McCain cited some of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ugliest rhetoric against the Jewish state as a reason not to talk to him, while Barack Obama defended diplomacy while also noting Israel was “our stalwart ally.” Here’s some of the… More ▸

  • Looking at why Orthodox Jews have gone GOP

    John McCain’s overwhelming 78-13 percent lead over Barack Obama among Orthodox Jews in this week’s American Jewish Committee poll was just the latest example of how Orthodox Jews – at least at the presidential level – have become strong backers of the GOP. The reason? For Orthodox Jews, Israel is far and away the most… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Ad wars, Sarah Silverman and more

    JTA’s Ami Eden critiques a Republican Jewish Coalition ad linking Barack Obama and Pat Buchanan, and reports on another one quoting Democrats who have praised John McCain. The New York Times reports that Obama is now running dubious ads about McCain, including one that hits below the belt in an effort to scare Latino voters…. More ▸

  • Obama still lagging among Jewish voters

    Barack Obama leads John McCain by 27 points among Jewish voters, but he significantly trails the Jewish vote for recent Democratic candidates, according to a new survey. Obama leads 57 percent to 30 percent among those polled in the American Jewish Committee’s 2008 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, with 13 percent undecided. By contrast,… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: A new addition to the oneg Shabbat this week in Fla.

    A South Florida synagogue will be watching Friday night’s debate together after Shabbat services, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Yoav Sivan, in the Jerusalem Post, believes John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate makes the Obama-Biden ticket “the natural ticket” for American Jews. The St. Petersburg Times finds Jewish voters in South Florida… More ▸

  • Ahmadinejad blogging

    Where’s John McCain? The Arizona U.S. senator and Republican presidential nominee got high marks for his quick as a flash response to the Georgia crisis this summer, leaving Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), his Democratic rival, in the dust. It’s Obama’s turn, however, to leave McCain sputtering: the Obama campaign had a statement out within hours… More ▸

  • RJC: Dems who like McCain

    Sit down and clear your head before reading… Last week the Republican Jewish Coalition published an ad making an issue of Pat Buchanan’s saying “I think Barack is right, we ought to talk to the Iranians” and “he’s right to say the Palestinian people have got a terrible deal over there and their suffering ought… More ▸

  • Embassy move is “up to McCain,” say advisers

    John McCain has said he will move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on “day one” of his presidency, but two of his top advisers declined to promise that he wouldn’t sign a national security waiver that would delay the move, according to one person who attended a meeting last week of the McCain campaign and Jewish… More ▸