September 19th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Obama campaign arms Jewish voters with information

NEW YORK, NY (CNN) – As part of an ongoing outreach to Jewish voters and in response to mounting criticism of President Obama's record on Israel, and polls showing support in the Jewish community slipping, the Obama campaign is mounting a vigorous defense beginning with a national conference call on Tuesday.

In an email to Jewish supporters, Ira Forman, Jewish Outreach Director for the Obama campaign said, "the other side is working hard to distort the President's record - particularly when it comes to his strong support of Israel. To set the record straight, it'll be up to supporters like us who know the truth to get the word out."

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Rep. Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, will join the call to listen to concerns and walk participants through the president's record. The call will be followed with more details on the president's record posted on the campaign website.

The outreach takes place as President Obama is set to take center stage at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, where he's expected to address the issue of  Palestinian statehood.


Topics: President Obama • Re-election • The News

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  1. joke

    This guy is a joke. Everything he says he starts out with "The RIGHT Is distorting">

    News flash – Your own ACTIONS ARE WHAT PEOPLE BASE STUFF FROM!"

    September 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is trading American exceptionalism for mediocrity. He is transforming the world's most productive economy into an impoverished failure. In order to consolidate his political power, he has appealed to the negative character traits of entitlement and envy. Obama is a vampire, who is sucking the life out of America.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • Patrick Nolan

        Howard, I'd like to point your attention to the fact that our economy started tanking before the president took over. If you'll take just a few moments, you might be able to find some information about the fact that the recession began before he took office. Or that the downturn in our economy, prior to the actual recession, began even earlier. If you wish to blame him for the economy, you'll need at least a little evidence for that.

        And just so we're clear, we're still the world's most productive economy, but we're losing that edge to China every day, and that has nothing to do with Obama. Honestly, most of this can be laid at the feet of our Congress, on both sides, refusing to fund the government. Nothing kills investment faster than complete lack of confidence, and that's what is being put forth. And this lack of confidence leads investors to keep their money or put it somewhere safe, so companies can't expand or build. And that has nothing to do with the president.

        Save your name calling and your baseless accusations. If you want to comment, please at least pretend to be unbiased and aware of the facts of the case. You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  2. Viet. Vet

    These Jewish groups and lobbying arm for Isreal continues to hold our President and America hostage to the apartheid policies of Isreal toward the Palestinian, dispite being condem by every nation and in violation of every UN sanction against them.. Yet, Isreal demand approval from Amercia as if America is sub-servent to them when in fact without the support, armament and finance of America, Isreal would cease to exist, Yet we continue to bow down to Isreal so as not to be label by the Isreal can do no wrong group as being their favorite word for anyone who disagree as Anti-semitic. Dispite this, America need to demand that they cease and disist their policies toward the Palestinian or threaten to withhold support like we are threaten the Palestinians who are only demanding their basic rights.

    September 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  3. enough of obama

    wish I knew what obamas buddy david frum is smoking because he needs to share because the last popular poll done on obama was done by the NYT nd it was 39% who thought obama is ok and the rest said obama is an idiot.

    September 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • Juan

      No, I think you need to check out the NYT poll again because I think you need to get your facts straight. It was 43% who thought Pres Obama is all right, so please check your facts, idiot.

      September 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • Aaron

      He's relying on Fox News "facts" to scorn Obama. Talk about being an idiot.

      September 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Melo-D

      It doesn't really matter what the poll numbers are, Americans are mad at both parties. Obama may be taking a hit but he is still polling better than congress or the GOP.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • jsmoulder

      You have to admit though, Obama is an idiot!!

      September 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  4. Blue Dog

    Dems will do all right without the conservative Jewish votes as conservatives of all shades often take positions based on moral right without any logical thinking. The position which Obama took in his speech was the only logical position having any chances of peace in middle east. Israel needs to move to pre-1968 borders. Israel still has very strong support from US. Consider the veto threat against Palestine from US for resolution to recognize Palestinian state though 1947 resolution in UN recognizes Palestine state.

    September 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Melo-D

    The only reason the GOP supports Israel so adamantly is because half their members think Israel is crucial to their end of days scenarios, just ask Glenn Beck..

    September 19, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  6. Danny C

    ACTUALLY the last favorability poll by the NYT had Obama at 40% favorable, 20% undecided and 34% unfavorable. To compare, when George W. Bush left office HIS favorability ratiing was in the EXACT SAME POLL asking the EXACT SAME QUESTIONS was 27% favorable, 58% unfavorable and 14% undecided. So Obama beat Bush by 13% in favorable, 7% undecided and 20% in favorable and undecided combined. Although Bush did beat Obama by 24% in unfavorable. The last time Bush had a favorability rating above 40% was January of 2005.
    I think you were referring to the NYT Obama JOB RATING poll where he is at 43% approve and 50% disapprove. Bush was at 27% approve, 67% disapprove when he left office.
    Your "Internets" must be on the fritz and giving you incorrect numbers. The only other reason would be that you're an Idiot. Which one is it?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • papanez

      Beautifully done, man!

      September 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  7. Sluggo

    Its apparent to me that the Jewish people love Barack Hussian Obama. He has done so much to(scratch) for Israel

    September 20, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Their mission IS to berate and scorn OBAMA and at the risk of losing what's left of the nation. If he was 100% favored the NYT poll, the berators and scorners would knock it down to at least 90%. They have to take something away from his greatness. Then they turn around and denounce the 'liberal' poll results anyway as not true or believable! For these loons, FOX polls and any others of the FOX mission, which is to destroy OBAMA, those polls are accurate; no question! They love their numbers; they STAY low!

    September 20, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • Howard

      Obama has betrayed the Jewish people, he has betrayed Israel, and he has betrayed America.
      Obama is trading American exceptionalism for mediocrity. He is transforming the world's most productive economy into an impoverished failure. In order to consolidate his political power, he has appealed to the negative character traits of entitlement and envy. Obama is a vampire, who is sucking the life out of America.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • papanez

        Come on Howard. Just a tad immature don't you think? A vampire?? Totally inane.

        September 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Strange! They CAN count 1-2-3-4 when it comes to trying to show OBAMA in the darkest light possible, but when it comes to his jobs plan, ideas or even suggestions on how to START trying to fix or payback Americas debt/deficit, all of a sudden they can't count! BASIC MATH; and the figures add up to 'balancing'! but they don't even want to look at those numbers, PERIOD! It's easier for them to claim he's staging a 'class warfare' situation, than to say OBAMA's right about ANYTHING! 'We can't let him shine'!!

    September 20, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  10. Stu

    Obama standing in the Jewish community is his own doing and no distortion. He was the one who publically called for the pre67 borders to be any negotiating point. He has told Isreal publically scorning Isreal to stop construction in the Isreal part of Jerusalem. It has been his mantra as he does here to his political apponents to publically call them out. He did it with Isreal and found out it doesnt work. He has not publically called out Hammas in their charter to destroy Isreal.
    He is playing both sides and is caught. HAs anyone figured out why Mitchell quit? Because of his boss......You reap what you sow.....

    September 20, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  11. gg

    Look how the President of the Super Power bends over backwards for a minority constituency, then they say there's 'no lobby'.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  12. ZIONIST FOR LIFE

    I think it's safe to say... That Obama only panders to the Jewish community when he's running for election. After the election and taking of Jewish money / votes, it's back to fueling up Air Force One and giving another love speech to an Islamic nation who ends up raping American Journalists, as part of their "Arab Spring" celebrations...

    Obama is a manipulator, only trying to charm his way into relevancy. Bush may not have been a great Prez either, but he had a saying that is quite appropriate now with Obama... "Fool me once, Shame on You. Fool me Twice? Shame on Me"... Jews don't get fooled Twice... Sorry Barry, pack it up and go work for the O Network...

    September 21, 2011 at 4:01 am |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @jsmoulder; admit 'Obama is an idiot' Huh? Until you all can admit BUSH was an blame idiot...I will never invision anyone EVER having the gall to call PRESIDENT OBAMA an idiot. BARACK H OBAMA and the word 'idiot' don't EVEN belong in the same sentence unless you're comparing his projected, potential US Presidential Legacy to that of George W Bushs'! So don't EVEN expect me to 'admit' nor call OBAMA an idiot, because I know that he isn't an idiot! He missed idiocy by a long shot. Some folks just hate it too!

    September 21, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Good suggestive, comment Patrick! I hope it's acknowledged and helps!

    September 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm |