Obama Campaign Withdraws From Two Jewish Debates

Obama has a problem among Jewish voters. His reaction?
Just in, via email:

Washington, D.C. (October 16, 2008) — The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director Matt Brooks issued the following statement today:

Now that the Presidential debates are over, the Obama campaign is trying to cancel all remaining debates in the Jewish community that include the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Claiming they do not like recent RJC advertisements, the Obama campaign has formally instructed all of its representatives to cancel their scheduled appearances with any representative of the RJC. Former Congressman Mel Levine (CA) yesterday informed the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center that he would no longer show up for his scheduled debate this Sunday against RJC California Director Larry Greenfield. State Representative Josh Shapiro (PA) informed Temple Sinai that he would not participate in a forum with RJC Philadelphia Director Scott Feigelstein.
“The RJC is deeply troubled by this effort on the part of the Obama campaign to stifle and limit a debate on the important issues facing our country,” said Brooks. “More than anything the Jewish community values dialogue. What is the Obama campaign afraid of? Why is the Obama campaign afraid to have this conversation?”
“With their recently enacted policy of not debating representatives of the RJC, the Obama campaign has underscored Senator Obama’s problems in the Jewish community. It is unfortunate that the Obama campaign is unwilling and afraid to have a candid conversation in the Jewish community on the issues of great concern to Jewish voters,” said Brooks.
“Throughout this campaign, the RJC has highlighted the truth about Obama’s positions, his statements and his advisers. Every point raised in our ads is sourced, cited and has previously been reported in the media. We ask legitimate questions about Obama’s policies towards Israel, the Middle East and Iran. Our ads have raised legitimate concerns over Obama’s associations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Robert Malley, Tony McPeak and David Bonior. If the Obama campaign is unhappy with our ads, then Senator Obama should never have associated with these individuals in the first place,” Brooks added.
“Currently, the RJC is scheduled to participate in 29 debates between now and the election. In keeping with the long-standing tradition of Jewish dialogue, we look forward to these opportunities to engage the Jewish community on the critical issues,” said Brooks.

Will they duck upcoming debates in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and Cleveland?

6 thoughts on “Obama Campaign Withdraws From Two Jewish Debates”

  1. I’ve been saying all along that Obama’s pro-Palestinian Jew-hater advisers won’t tolerate debate with the conservative Jewish community.

  2. George –
    At this stage they cannot afford to. In an actual debate their mask will slip – BIG TIME. Better to let the “Yidlach” think they are still voting for FDR, Truman, Stevenson or Kennedy – not “Osama, Obama” – Sen. Edward Kennedy, (D) MA.

  3. It is my understanding that RJC members were only there as participants along with other reps from different Jewish groups. I don’t think they were sponsors, but I’ve emailed my contact for clarity. Obviously he doesn’t want to be asked certain tough questions. He’s a cowardly snake oil salesmen, fleecing the American public.

  4. I’ve already written the RJC to say that though I am no supporter of Obama, I can understand why he wouldn’t want to participate in this. Remember when Bush didn’t want to speak at a black group because they were always hostile to him? It is no secret that the RJC has done all it can to try to destroy Obama as a candidate. He can talk to other Jewish groups.

  5. Honey, he had already agreed to attend the debate, and as I said above, I’m almost certain the RJC was only one among many Jewish groups participating, similar to a Townhall meeting. There is no excuse for him not being willing to present his ideas, and his point of view to potential voters. He’s a coward, with an indefensible anti-Semitic position on Israel, who doesn’t want it publicized, just as he doesn’t want you to know the facts about Ayers, Rev. Wright, his school records, or anything else about his anti-American record. The man is an empty suit hiding his past. Doesn’t that alarm you? As for the RJC doing “all it can to destroy Obama as a candidate” yes, they/we are, with the truth, and we will continue to do everything possible to prevent him from becoming our president. Too much is at stake to do otherwise.

  6. Ziva, I agree with you. I decidedly do not want to see him as my president. I want him to be disgraced. I am no fan.
    I was just saying I can understand why he doesn’t want to go there.

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