Former New York governor George Pataki announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, a quest that he himself has acknowledged is "an extreme long shot." Pataki, who last held office in 2006, has long toyed with the idea of running for office, finally jumping in at a point where he has particularly low name recognition and barely registers in national opinion polls.
Ahead of tonight’s “Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala” in New York City, the National Jewish Democratic Council questioned why Rabbi Shmuley Boteach would choose an event intended to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to honor Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate who has previously compared the Affordable Care Act to the Holocaust.
Former Senator Rick Santorum is set to announce today his decision to once again seek the Republican Presidential Nomination.
Sen. Santorum has proven time and again that he is completely out of step with the values of the vast majority of American Jews. He has spent his entire political career spouting dangerously extreme language and has worked tirelessly against the separation of church and state, a woman’s right to choose, equal marriage rights for all and advancements in science.
This past month has provided another opportunity to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the Jewish community to the United States as part of the tenth annual Jewish American Heritage Month. Beginning in 2006 after Congressional resolutions by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Arlen Spector, each May has seen our country recognize "the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture." As part of this year's events, President Obama took the bima at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. this past Friday, one of the few times a sitting U.S. president has spoken from a synagogue.
Under President Obama's direction, the United States has provided record-high levels of Foreign Military Financing to Israel. Holding strong to his ironclad commitment to Israel's security, the Obama Administration announced today the approval of a $1.8 billion agreement providing precision guided munitions and bombs to the Jewish state.
At least four times this past week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was asked about the start of the Iraq war, “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?” And each time he gave a different answer – beginning with yes and finally, days later, ending with no.
We can undoubtedly see that Gov. Bush is struggling with an identity crisis. Here at NJDC, we have some similar questions for the would-be presidential candidate—also about the Middle East and his brother former President George W. Bush’s legacy regarding Israel’s safety and security.
In December, I was privileged to attend a White House policy briefing on Iran with Phil Gordon and Colin Kahl. Both wrote articles last week that are mandatory reading for anyone who wants to opine intelligently about preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Seemingly like clockwork, every four years, Republicans ask whether or not this is the election cycle when American Jewish voters turn to the GOP. And every four years, American Jewish voters step into the ballot box and vote for the Democratic Party. In his latest op-ed in The Hill, political activist Steve Sheffey explores the reasons why American Jews have and will continue to stay Democratic.
Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold announced today that he will seek to regain his seat in the 2016 elections, challenging Republican senator Ron Johnson. The National Jewish Democratic Council welcomed the longtime Jewish progressive back to politics, noting his long history of service to the people of Wisconsin and his commitment to the values of American Jewish voters.
Last week, before Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) departed for Israel, we had a few questions we were hoping he'd address during his time abroad. Among those questions were some inquiries about Gov. Walker's foreign policy experience (or lack thereof), particularly given his previous missteps in that particular arena. As JTA reported (not from on site, of course), when given the chance to prove himself as a serious challenger on the world stage, Gov. Walker instead chose to discuss... state budgets.