Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) said that Jewish voters support the Democratic Party’s stance on women’s rights, the environment and economic policies that support a “budget that is fair” and that invests in children, seniors and the middle class.
Cardin said that despite the Obama administration’s strong support of Israel and stance against Iranian nuclear weapons, Jewish voters have been swayed by Republican fueled “misinformation” that “puts a wedge between Jewish voters and the Democratic Party.”
Former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Martin Frost said a shift in support of 10 percent of the Jewish electorate will be pivotal in battleground states like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He said that garnering 70 percent of the Jewish vote will be important for President Obama’s reelection.
Ben Shapiro, editor at large of Breitbart.com and author of a syndicated column “Jews in Name Only,” said Jewish voters support Democratic candidates because of “Tikkun Olam” meaning “Healing the World.”
“They misinterpret Tikkun Olam as leftist social justice,” he said, “but it doesn’t mean seizure of wealth and redistribution.”
Shapiro explained that Judaism does not support same-sex marriage, a pro-choice stand on abortion or economic redistribution of wealth.
Ari Zoldan, CEO of Quantum Networks, LLC, said the language of the Democratic Party platform first excluding Jerusalem then including the city as the capital of Israel were politically motivated decisions. Zoldan said it will be interesting to see the way in which members of each of the four sects of Judaism, which are Orthodoxy, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionism, will cast their votes come November.