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Fla. Congressman: Sarah Palin Should Motivate Jews to Vote Obama

By Brett Lieberman

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Jewish voters unsure whether to cast their vote for Barack Obama or John McCain, might want to think about this little bit of advice U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings offered about Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate:

“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention,” the Florida congressman said during a National Jewish Democratic Council panel.

“Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through,” Hastings said.

Congressman Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., later told the same group that Jesus was “a great Democrat,” according to CNN.

The Republican Jewish Coalition, which has been accused of its own share of gross distortions, is denouncing Hastings’ comments as “the worst kind of politics.”

“Hastings’ unconscionable remarks do nothing but sow seeds of fear and divide people,” said RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks in a statement. “There should be no place in our country for this sort of political discourse. We can constructively disagree on the issues without denigrating others.”

He also said Cohen’s remark “inappropriate, offensive and should be repudiated.”


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Liza Thu. Sep 25, 2008

check this out: Palin's preacher:Jews control the ecoomy, that's causing all the corruption. Anti Semite preaches to Palin's church with Palin present. this should be front page news http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/amandascott/gGgscy

Liza Thu. Sep 25, 2008

check this out: Palin's preacher:Jews control the ecoomy, that's causing all the corruption. Anti Semite preaches to Palin's church with Palin present. this should be front page news http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/amandascott/gGgscy

Liza Thu. Sep 25, 2008

oh, sorry. wrong link. That was a link to a great speech by Obama today. Great speech. read it. Link to Palin and anti-Semitic preacher is http://www.americablog.com/2008/09/palins-preacher-jews-control-economy.html

liza Thu. Sep 25, 2008

Sorry. the comments section is doubling up on me. the link I gave in my other post was wrong. It directs you to a great speech by obama. the palin anti semitic preacher link is http://www.americablog.com/2008/09/palins-preacher-jews-control-economy.html

Joseph Mon. Sep 29, 2008

Hastings claims that people who tote guns hate Jews, but I disagree. He should meet the two Jews on my town's police force. In fact, the entire police force has guns, and none of them have made anti-Semetic remarks to me. Jewish support for the right to bear arms goes all the way back to New Amsterdam. It's time to debunk tired stereotypes.




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