National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) President and CEO David A. Harris today issued the following statement on the results of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll in which Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) was the winner:
The results of the CPAC straw poll send a clear message: the Republican Party and the conservative movement continue to grow increasingly out of touch with the values of the American Jewish community. It seems as though Republicans are trying to drive Jewish voters away as quickly as possibly, in fact.
Representative Ron Paul has never missed an opportunity to vote against the U.S.-Israel relationship. And his questionable record goes far beyond this; as we have noted before, ‘from his unacceptable statements about Gaza to the Ron Paul newsletter wondering aloud if the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was perpetrated by Israel, Paul is beyond the pale.’ Like his son, he wants to end all aid to Israel, though Rep. Paul has gone even farther in discussing his bizarre and offensive belief that ‘AIPAC is in control of things, and they control the votes’ regarding the war in Iraq. On the domestic front, Paul is no better—calling global climate change a ‘hoax’ and working to eliminate the Department of Education.
Republicans from around the country descended on Washington in recent days for the most prominent annual conservative conference. And after hearing directly from many 2012 hopefuls, they decided that Ron Paul—miserable record and all—best represents the hearts and minds of conservatives. This speaks volumes about today’s conservative movement, and how diametrically opposed to Jewish interests it is.
Paul embodies a Republican Party that continues to move further and further to the right—and a conservative movement that fails to stand up for the ideals and values that American Jews hold dear.