Romney Looks to Win More Jewish Votes
Even though candidates from the Republican Party have passed the 25% threshold of the Jewish vote each election since 1988, Republican supporters are pushing hard to get even more Jewish votes for Mitt Romney. Romney arrives Saturday in Israel and his supporters are mounting what many think will be the most aggressive battle yet in dollars to win the important constituency in Florida and Ohio.
Democrats have become alarmed by the amount of money Sheldon Adelson, a Jewish casino magnate has donated to causes that support Republicans. They are responding by putting together their group that will spend millions to defend President Obama on Israel.
Romney’s trip this weekend will include meetings with top Israeli officials in Jerusalem. He will also give a speech that will reassert his commitment to Israel, which will be aimed at both political and domestic consumption.
On Friday, the day before Romney was to arrive in Israel, Obama said his administration had deepened its cooperation with the Middle East nation across a wide spectrum of issues. He made his remarks at the signing of a law expanding the financial aid the U.S. has for the Israel’s defense.
GOP officials are optimistic in this election because of the new rules for campaigns about donations and the perceptions about the President amongst some of the Jewish population. Already, six million dollars has been raised to spend on advertising geared to the Jewish voter and GOP officials are confident more will come from Adelson since his biggest concern is the safety and defense of Israel.