Leading Democratic, Republican Jewish Groups React to Debates

A CNN poll released shortly after the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 suggested that Americans – or at least CNN viewers believed that Republican Nominee Mitt Romney had handily won over President Obama. Indeed, 67% of those polled said that they believed Romney had won the debate, while only 25% said they believed that Obama had performed well.

According to The Algemeiner, however, Jewish Democrats were wary of Former Governor Romney’s debate claims. Indeed, says The Algemeiner, they “criticized what they called myths promoted by the former Massachusetts governor.”  Furthermore, the Algemeiner reports that the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) accused Romney of using the debate “to continue peddling Republican policies—including on health care and other important domestic issues—that most Jewish voters simply do not support.”

A press release on the NJDC’s web site read, “During last night’s presidential debate, Republican nominee Mitt Romney demonstrated once again the grand scale on which he is out of touch with the values of most American Jews.”

The press release said that Romney’s debate performance emphasized the differences between Romney and Obama. “For American Jews, there is a sharp contrast between the mendacious statements made by Romney,” it said. “And the strongly-supported policies of the Obama Administration.”

Finally, the press release said that it was “clearer than ever that the more Jews get to know Romney, the less they like him.”

On the other hand, says The Algemeiner, Matt Brooks, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director issued a statement praising Romney, saying that he was “in command of the facts” and “secure in his principles. In a press release on the RJC web site, Brooks stated that Romney won “on both substance and style. He said that the debate had given the American people a chance to see “the real Mitt Romney.”

While the NJDC has argued that it is Romney who is out of touch with Jewish voters, the RJC has begun a campaign to convince Jewish voters that it is president Obama who is out of touch. In the latest RJC “Buyer’s Remorse” video, Former Obama voter Renie Tell, described as “a life-long Democrat from New York,” says that when she voted for Obama in the last election she “fell for hope and change”. However, she says, “The hope is gone and the change didn’t happen.

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Miranda Flint About the Author: Miranda has a B.A. in political science and has worked over a decade as a news reporter, financial news writer and political blogger. More about Miranda

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