Today, the Republican Jewish Coalition will host its Presidential Candidates Forum with 14 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. In advance of the event, Greg Rosenbaum, chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council, released the following statement:
“Today’s RJC Presidential Candidates Forum will undoubtedly showcase how out of touch the Republican Party is with the American Jewish community. It seems that on every major issue about which the Jewish community cares, the Republican candidates are on the other side.
“While an overwhelming 93% of Jewish Americans are pro-choice, including 77% of Jewish Republicans, no candidate on the stage today will stand up for a woman’s right to choose. While more than 8 in 10 Jewish Americans favor increasing the tax rate on Americans earning more than $1 million a year, these candidates will advocate cutting taxes for the richest among us.
“And, as of late, we have seen how Republicans are rushing to turn away Syrian refugees. However, leading Jewish organizations, from across the spectrum, do not see Syrian refugees as a threat – rather, there is ‘rare unanimity on an issue that has stirred partisan passion.’
“Disappointingly, the GOP as a whole, and these candidates in particular, have continued to politicize the U.S.-Israel relationship, and complex, serious policy matters like preventing a nuclear armed Iran, for partisan purposes. We must work together, in a bipartisan manner, to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, and to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon.
“For generations, Jews have been drawn to the Democratic Party’s message of inclusion. We already knew that 70% of American Jews favor the Democratic Party and a mere 22% identify with or lean toward the Republican Party. The Republican candidates for president have proven to be largely treif to the Jewish community -- today’s forum will, once again, show us why.”