April 15, 2008
Obama tackles the ‘pastor’ question in meeting with Philadelphia Jews
(Page 2 - Previous Page)After the session, Schapiro said Obama was convincing in saying that voters should judge him based on his record and policies, not on "the background chatter."
The verdict is still out on how he'll pull the lever next week, he said, but "this was very helpful. I'm that much closer."
Rabbi Philip Warmflash also felt more at ease after hearing the candidate.
Prior to the senator's entrance, Warmflash noted his family has "a Hillary sign on our lawn and I'm here because I want to be convinced otherwise -- or at least to be more comfortable with voting for Obama in the general election" if he is nominated.
Afterward, Warmflash said he "felt much better about him."
"He showed an understanding of issues and didn't present them glibly," said Warmflash, the executive director of the Jewish Outreach Partnership.
Warmflash may not quite be ready to pull the Clinton sign from his lawn, but Wednesday's event is "making me think about it more."
"If I don't vote for him this time," he said, "I would feel OK -- even good -- about voting for him the next time."
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