How Strong Will the Jewish Vote Swing Towards Kerry?

July 27, 2004

Source: Haaretz News

On July 27, 2004 Haaretz News reported, "Jewish activists in the Democratic Party are working hard this convention week to garner support for the party and its presidential candidate, John Kerry, in order to prevent an erosion of Jewish votes on behalf of U.S. President George W. Bush in November's election... A former AIPAC executive director and former chairman of the Democratic Party, Steve Grossman, said the reason the Jews appear to be dithering is that they still do not know Kerry well enough when compared to Bush. After the convention gives Kerry his day in the limelight, he will do much better, Grossman said... [Joe] Lieberman, the only Jewish candidate for the White House, agreed that Bush is 'good for Israel.' But when it comes to Israel, Lieberman said, 'the good news is that whoever is in the White House will be good for Israel'... The Democratic Party's pro-Israel line is so strong that large Arab lobbies have prompted complaints that it is too pro-Israel."