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Ron Paul Halts Campaign, Keeps Delegates

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has effectively given up his presidential campaign but will not give up his delegates to Mitt Romney.

Paul, a Texas Republican, said he would no longer compete in his party’s primaries, leaving Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, the only viable candidate for the GOP nod still running.

Romney remains about 200 delegates shy of securing the nomination, but his erstwhile rivals, including Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, have either formally endorsed him or pledged to do so.

The Washington Times reported Tuesday that Paul would retain his delegates in order to leverage influence.

“Our delegates can still make a major impact at the national convention and beyond,” Jesse Benton, a top strategist for Paul, said in a memo obtained by the Times.

Paul’s presence and influence in the race helped veer the other candidates to embrace some of his libertarian ideas, particularly on reducing or eliminating the role of government in the financial system.

His isolationist views, especially on cutting assistance to Israel, have not gained as much traction.

Santorum Continues to Challenge Romney for Republican Nomination, Wins Two More States

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum won Tuesday night’s primary contests in Alabama and Mississippi, while frontrunner Mitt Romney won in Hawaii and American Samoa.

With almost all of the votes tallied in Alabama, Santorum earned 35% of the votes, while Newt Gingrich edged Mitt Romney for second place by a few hundredths of a percentage point, at approximately 29%.

In Mississippi, Santorum won a tighter race, receiving 33% support, compared to Gingrich at 31%, and Romney at 30%.

“We did it again!” Santorum exclaimed to supporters Tuesday night. “This is a grassroots campaign for president. Who would have ever thought in the age of media that we have in this country today that ordinary folks from across this country can defy the odds day in, day out?”

“Now is the time for conservatives to pull together,” he continued. “The time is now to make sure — to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election, and the best chance to win this election is to nominate a conservative to go up against Barack Obama who can take him on, on every issue.”

Santorum’s victories in the conservative South continue his swing of momentum, and cement the notion that the Republican presidential nomination is down to a two person race. Santorum himself weighed in on the subject, saying, “this adventure’s going to be a two person race, and when it does, the conservative will win.”

Romney issued a terse statement emphasizing his sizeable lead in the accrual of delegates ahead of the GOP convention, saying, “I am pleased that we will be increasing our delegate count in a very substantial way after tonight.”

Romney won the Hawaii caucuses by a comfortable margin (45%, 20 percentage points higher than Santorum in second place) and won the support of all nine delegates in American Samoa.

According to an AP count, Romney has received the votes of 494 Republican delegates to Santorum’s 251, while Gingrich trails far behind with 131. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination.

 

Romney Leads, Republicans Pick Jewish Senate Candidate, and Kucinich Loses

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Super Tuesday Republican primaries were a race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Republicans selected a Jewish veteran for Ohio’s Senate run, and Dennis Kucinich lost his bid for reelection.

Ten states went to the polls Tuesday in what is the biggest election day of primary season.

“Super Tuesday” usually helps determine a frontrunner, but Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, won decisively in important southern states Oklahoma and Tennessee and appeared headed for a tie with Romney in Ohio. Santorum also picked up North Dakota.

Romney won his home state of Massachusetts and its neighbor, Vermont and as well as Idaho and Virginia.

The former Massachusetts governor faced only Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) on the Virgina ballot; Santorum and Newt Gingrich failed to place on the ballot.

Head to head with Romney in the state, Paul, a libertarian who rejects foreign assistance including for Israel, scored one of his most impressive outcomes this season: 40 percent to 60 Romney’s percent.

Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, won Georgia, the state he represented in Congress, keeping him in the race for now, although Santorum’s decisive wins in southern states Tennessee and Oklahoma seemed to dampen Gingrich’s prospect of a rally. I

It was too early to call Wyoming and Alaska, the ninth and tenth states voting on Tuesday.

The next primaries are in Alabama and Mississippi on March 13.

Romney Appears to Win Ohio: NYT

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The NY Times reported early Wednesday morning Mitt Romney appeared to win narrowly in the Ohio Super Tuesday  primary, but lost at least three other states to Rick Santorum, which challenges Romney’s claim to the Republican presidential nomination.

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum each won three states in Super Tuesday primaries, and Newt Gingrich took Georgia, CNN projected.

Santorum’s victories showed his continuing strength among conservative voters. Gingrich’s win in his former home state may keep his campaign going.

Santorum to AIPAC on Super Tuesday: US Must Give Iran an Ultimatum

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

At a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, which coincided with the Super Tuesday primaries, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of appeasement of Iran and urged an ultimatum demanding that it put a stop to its nuclear production immediately, or the US will “tear down” its plants.

“I have seen a president who has been reticent. He says he has Israel’s back. From everything I’ve seen he has turned his back on” Israel, Santorum told AIPAC.

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich took a break from their race for votes in the high-stakes primaries to speak to the pro-Israel lobby. Romney and Gingrich appeared by satellite, while Santorum spoke to the group in person.

“We need to do more than talk,” Santorum insisted, voicing his mistrust of the announcement by the US and five other powers that they will resume negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in the near future.

“We need to say to the Iranian government, the time is now. You will stop your nuclear production now,” he said to a cheering crowd that was showing a great deal more enthusiasm than they had when President Obama was in the house.

GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, at his own appearance before the AIPAC crowd, also mocked Obama’s promises that the United States “will always have Israel’s back” on issues of security, particularly the Iranian nuclear threat.

“Hope is not a foreign policy,” Romney said, speaking from Ohio, where he was campaigning. “The only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve, backed by our power and our readiness to use it.”

Ron Paul, who proclaims an isolationist foreign policy position, did not request an appearance at the conference.

AP reported Tuesday that the head of the U.N. nuclear agency Saeed Jalili said his organization has “serious concerns” that Iran may be hiding secret atomic weapons work.

But on Tuesday Iranian news agency Mehr said Iran would grant U.N. inspectors access to the Parchin military complex southeast of Tehran where the nuclear agency suspects secret atomic work has been carried out.

The statement explained that Parchin is a military site and accessing it is a time-consuming process, and therefore, visits cannot be allowed frequently. However, an access to the site will be given once again “after a modality is worked out.”

It was also mentioned that Parchin was inspected by the agency twice in 2005.

Tehran had previously banned UN inspectors from visiting the Parchin facility, which is why Jalili and his researchers left the country recently.

Republicans Challenging Obama on Jewish Vote in 2012

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

JointMedia News Service has been syndicating an intriguing article headlined – Which Republican candidate has the Jewish vote? It might take the reader a while to realize that writers Masha Rifkin and Jacob Kamaras, or their editor, are accepting as fact the possibility that Jewish voters will be in play on the Republican side of the presidential campaign this year. This is a watershed moment – not since 1980, when Reagan trounced Carter — have so many Jews been prepared to support a Republican against a sitting Democratic President.

And, as it turns out, all the Republicans who are still standing are moving in on the Jewish vote, save for Ron Paul who just doesn’t seem to care about the need to court Jews on the path to the White House.

The Jews, for a variety of reasons, appreciate being courted.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich have all gone on record with heated pro-Israel declarations, which could make picking one of them harder than you think.

 

FORGET THEIR OTHER ISSUES, FOCUS ON ISRAEL

Robert Wiener of the NJ Jewish News described Wednesday how Lionel “Lonny” Kaplan, a former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who today is urging fellow Jews – many of them registered Democrats – to look past Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s views on abortion, contraception, and religion, and concentrate instead on the his views on Israel and the economy.

Is it possible? Is it more than a local blip? Is it a trend that could decide the coming election?

Kaplan, a Trenton attorney who is usually described as a “prominent New Jersey Democrat,” according to Wiener, already donated the maximum allowable $2500 to Santorum’s campaign and expects to do a lot more for the former Senator’s campaign.

“Rick was very good on Israel, but the people in the pro-Israel world who were helping him were having some trouble with his campaign for reelection,” Kaplan told the NJ Jewish News. The Santorum campaign approached him. “They came to me and said, ‘Lonny, can you help?’ And I did.

Kaplan co-chaired a $50,000 fund-raising dinner for Santorum sponsored by the pro-Israel NORPAC.

 

SUPER TUESDAY COMES BUT ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS

The Australian‘s David Weisbrot writes that among the 10 states holding Republican primaries on Super Tuesday (March 6), Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia have a significant concentration of Jewish voters, and, come November, all are likely to be key battleground states in the presidential election.

Weisbrot then adds what has been accepted as common wisdom: “Although President Barack Obama has continued America’s strong – and virtually unconditional – support for Israel, Republicans claim to sense a growing vulnerability on his part with Jewish voters.”

I’d like to suggest that a deep rift of suspicion has opened in the past three years, between President Obama and the Jews who happily gave him about 70 percent of their aggregate vote, and that Jews in America do not see US support for Israel as “virtually unconditional,” but instead as waning and precarious.

Tensions have risen between Obama and Israel PM Binyamin Netanyahu over several issues, including the Israeli settlements and the failed peace process.

 

JEWS ABANDONING PRESIDENT

Jennifer Rubin reported last September on the annual American Jewish Committee poll, which sampled 800 American Jews over a several-week span. It found that President Obama is regarded poorly in the Jewish community. 48 percent disapprove of his performance, 45 percent approve.

On Israel, 53 percent disapproved of the president’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations, and 40 percent approved.

The Australian‘s Weisbrot points out that in recent years, the Republican congressional leadership has cultivated a closer relationship with conservatives in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.”

Now, if US Jews were growing more and more disenchanted with the President over the first three years of his term, it’s safe to assume that his approach to the Iranian threat is driving them away en masse.

Jennifer Rubin last week accused Obama of desperately wanting to get back to the bargaining table with the Iranians. “That’s how he’s going to declare sanctions to be a ‘success’ and try to get through the election without an international conflagration. He doesn’t want Israel messing up his game plan with talk of an attack.”

 

BUDGET OF A THOUSAND CUTS

A little less than two weeks ago, the Republican Jewish Coalition put out a web ad against Obama’s plan to reduce funding for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense from $106 million in 2012 to $99.8 million in 2013. The RJC stated this means Obama “wants to weaken Israel’s security just when it needs it the most.”

Rick Santorum actually accused Obama of actively seeking ways to allow Iran  to gain a nuclear weapon and suggested that the administration had betrayed Israel by publicly disclosing what may be a plan to attack the Islamic theocracy.

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