New York Mayor, and Independent billionaire, Michael Bloomberg asked a group of fellow-Jewish voters to denounce false rumors that Barack Obama is a Muslim, rumors targeted at Jewish Americans.
On Friday, Bloomberg said the attacks, coming from supporters of his former Republican party, hide behind a pro-Israel facade, while actually threatening significant advances made between Muslims and Jews. He urged the audience to reject partisan tactics, preying on their fears.
Bloomberg probably makes both candidates' VP short lists; but, the popular mayor has yet to even endorse Barack Obama or John McCain. His statements to the Jewish community, in a crucial swing state like Florida, could only help Obama. Interestingly, Bloomberg made the remarks while Obama toured Florida, acting as a (perhaps unintentional) tag-team member.
Considering Barack Obama has called for a dialogue with Iran, do you think Jewish voters have concerns beyond deceptive email chains? Either way, Bloomberg is right for rejecting fearmongering, and urging the community to focus on the issues.