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  • A self-proclaimed Zionist, Joe Biden is a friend of Israel

    September 11, 2008 | 12:05 am

    I returned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver with the announcement of Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, the memorable acceptance speech by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican...
  • Attack dog? Fresh meat? Quest for Jewish vote flips Biden and Palin roles

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 10, 2008 | 3:13 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Joe Biden, all wrong on Israel? Sarah Palin, a Jewish woman’s worst nightmare?

    Republicans and Democrats campaigning for the Jewish vote have flipped the traditional role of the vice-presidential candidate from “attack dog” to fresh meat.

    Campaign attacks typically...

  • The Palin nomination: What does it mean?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 9, 2008 | 6:01 pm

    My blog won't be as frequent this fall, since I'm in Paris on a Fulbright. So with time zones and stuff, I'm off kilter. But I'm still following things like crazy!

    Obviously, the big news is the Sarah Palin nomination. I think it's very revealing, and let me tell you why. I think...
  • Ed Koch backs Obama, says Sarah Palin is ‘scary’

    September 9, 2008 | 2:25 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Back in June,  Ed Koch was holding out on whether to endorse Barack Obama. Now the former Big Apple mayor—a Democrat who has endorsed Republicans, including President Bush in 2004—is on board (see full endorsement below).

    What changed? Apparently, according to...

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  • There's too much religion in presidential campaign, says ADL's Foxman

    September 9, 2008 | 1:46 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The political campaign season is now in high gear as the curtain falls on the Democrats in Denver and the Republicans in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

    While much of the media’s focus has been on handicapping the candidates and their chances in November, we would like to...

  • Biden, Palin lead campaign clash on Mideast

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 4, 2008 | 5:25 pm

    ST. PAUL (JTA)—The two vice-presidential candidates led the way Wednesday as the Obama and McCain campaigns worked to draw clear battle lines on Iran and Israel.

    In a highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention, Alaska Gov. and vice presidential nominee Sarah...

  • McCain surrogates likely to echo Bush on Iran and Israel

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 29, 2008 | 6:05 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—John McCain’s campaign has walked a fine line between upholding the values of the GOP base that still reveres George W. Bush, while repudiating the legacy of the most unpopular president in modern history.

    In at least one area, however, there’s no ambivalence: When it...

  • ANALYSIS: Sarah Palin . . . and the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    August 29, 2008 | 4:36 pm

    When Sen. John McCain tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate today, the Jewish political blogosphere -- as loud and fast and opinionated as (for lack of a better word) the Gentile Web -- came to a screeching halt.

    After all, you can fight about John McCain, and...
  • Dems use speeches to hit GOP on Israel

    August 28, 2008 | 2:42 am

    DENVER (JTA)—President Bush and John McCain backed policies that have endangered Israel, Democrats argued during their convention speeches Wednesday night.

    In a night dedicated largely to foreign policy and national security issues, several speakers at the Pepsi Center argued that...

  • VIDEO: JTA’s Wednesday Convention Summary

    August 28, 2008 | 1:24 am

    Eric Fingerhut and Ron Kampeas summarize the jewish events of the day at the election, while attending a jstreet function in downtown Denver.

     

  • Biden’s the one

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 27, 2008 | 12:01 am

    Sen. Joe Biden is a first-class vice presidential choice for Sen. Barack Obama.

    If Biden didn't exist, Obama would have to invent him.

    Biden is just naturally what the Democrats used to be, the party of lunch- pail-carrying working people, not politically correct, prone to saying...

  • But he’s a Muslim!

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2008 | 7:06 pm

    It made me think of my own family.

    Having coined "O'Bama" for the Irish working-class values that Joe Biden brings to the Democratic ticket, MSNBC motormouth Chris Matthews called his family in Pennsylvania -- where Scranton-born Biden is known as the state's "third senator" in...

  • Let the games begin: GOP plays ‘Iran card’ against Democrats Obama and Biden

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 25, 2008 | 5:14 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—A year ago, the push for a congressional amendment that urged the declaration of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist group was signature legislation for much of the pro-Israel lobby. Only two dozen U.S. senators out of 100 opposed it.

    Two of those...

  • Biden and the Jews: Strong ties and friendly disagreements

    August 23, 2008 | 11:58 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—Before he announced his vice presidential pick on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he wanted someone to spar with but who ultimately would be loyal enough to create a comfortable working relationship.

    No one knew then that he had picked U.S. Sen. Joe Biden...

  • VIDEO: Joe Biden (a self-declared Zionist) is good for the Jews

    By The Web Guy

    August 23, 2008 | 6:03 pm

    In an April 2007 interview, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) declares “I am a Zionist’ and discusses his support for Israel.

    Sounds good to me! :-)

  • VIDEO: Joe Biden tells ShalomTV ‘I am a Zionist’

    August 23, 2008 | 5:44 pm

    In an April 2007 interview, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) declares “I am a Zionist’ and discusses his support for Israel.

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