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Winning the Jewish Vote
Winning the Jewish Vote

AIR DATE: August 1, 2012

Political scientists have often pondered why affluent and educated Jewish voters do not vote Republican more often. They remain very liberal even as other affluent Americans have embraced conservative low-tax policies. Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson is now funding an effort by the Republican Jewish Coalition to win some of those Jewish voters to the Republican column. Why have Jewish Americans remained loyal to the Democratic Party? 
Kenneth Wald, Professor of Political Science, University of Florida
Matt Brooks, Executive Director, Republican Jewish Coalition


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    The efforts of your first guest to dodge the question regarding Adelsons influence merely highlights the great influence he must have. Over time, people of Jewish faith will mostly align with Democrats because they are accepted for who they are. Republicans since Reagan make it clear that to them, a Jew is a Christian who has not yet converted. Immersed in their ignorance, Repubs don't understand how offensive their belief is to Jews.
    Jim in HendersonJul 30, 2012 20:50:40 PM
    The Republican Party has branded itself as the party of Christians. They may love Israel, but they don't seem to love Jews. Israel is not the be all and the end all of how Jews vote. Your guest is deluded. The term "judeo christian" is a mask for "conservative Christian" values. You do not hear any Jews who are not already Republicans using that term. It is a political propaganda term.
    Jann ShevinJul 30, 2012 09:39:38 AM
    The current speaker is ignoring Pres. Obama's record that shows a strong bias for Israel and his administration has taken harder, pro-Israel positions than even Pres. Bush before him. His comments on the 1967 borders or not are consistent with official US positions, not changes he's made. I'm Jewish, but I don't see any reason Zionists should really fear Obama. And on the current point, I think Christians United for Israel are scary and wish people listened to Palestinian Christians (See Kairos Palestine statement, for example).
    Jim HaberJul 30, 2012 09:34:28 AM
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