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Bloomberg Defends Obama to Florida Jewish Group

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.

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1Linda1 1Linda1 8 years
Please see these websites for disturbing information about McCain's good friend Gordon Liddy. McCain is not who he claims to be.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I think the best way to understand the dilemma of Israel and Iran and or the U.S. not speaking is to think of two individuals who have a hostile history but they never sit down and discuss that hostility they simply act upon it. One is doing harm upon the other in a variety of ways until one goes too far. It does not take great analysis to see that as matters stand now Israel and Iran are headed towards war. At this point diplomacy may be a day late and a dollar short which only illustrates the very importance of its presence in the first place. Why denounce an act that can provide other avenues other than war? Simply does not make sense.
janneth janneth 9 years
Far be it from me to say anything nice about McCain, BUT he did ask Bush to stop the swiftboat ads against Kerry. Example of Pop's "pro truth" stance.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Whether Bloomberg supports Obama or McCain, it's nice that he's at least trying to fight against ignorance. It would be great if Republicans and Democrats alike spoke out against the kind of smears that both parties occasionally engage in. I'd like to think that there is a "pro truth" stance that sort of trumps your political preferences.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
What's there to discuss with Iran? Their president has said he would use nuclear weapons against the state of Israel. If I were Jewish, I would wonder what there was to discuss with a man who has endorsed my extinction as well.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I like Bloomberg he's my kind of guy.
janneth janneth 9 years
The last 2 books I read are The Road and Canticle for Liebowitz, so nuclear holocaust and its aftermath are on my mind.
janneth janneth 9 years
oh i know you're right, jennifer, but sometimes i put things in worse case scenario mode to clarify my position.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Thanks for the clarification, Liberty. Do you really think it's a simple either/or, janneth? Or that dialogue with Iran completely precludes the possibility of nuclear warfare? I think the issue is a little more nuanced than that.
janneth janneth 9 years
Let's see, dialogue with Iran OR possiblity of nuclear warfare. Hmmmmm, that is a hard one. I guess I'll go with dialogue with Iran for 200, Alex.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Hi everyone! Just to clarify, when Bloomberg referred to fearmongering, he was talking about the whisper campaign trying to spread the rumor that Obama is a Muslim. Bloomberg was very clear that he didn't care who you vote for, so long as it was not influenced by deceptive rumors that he considered to be preying on goodwill toward Israel.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I think the implication that Jewish voters would refuse to vote for someone who was Muslim (even though I realize that Obama is not) is pretty harsh. He might as well have gotten them together to urge them to vote for him in spite of the fact that he's half black. I find it interesting that we're told here that people should reject concerns about Iran as "fearmongering" because they are not "issues" that can legitimately be focused on while just a few posts back we were told that if we don't act immediately extreme weather the likes we've never seen will become commonplace and one could only reject that for "partisan reasons". I agree that voters should disregard fearmongering and focus on the issues, but can we have some room for the idea that individuals can decide for themselves which issues they would like to focus on...? I personally happen to think that Iran and the war on terrorism AND the environment are important issues.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
First of the entire notion that engaging in diplomacy with Iran is in someway more harmful compared to the current passive aggressive approach is ridiculous. Our current methods have only served to inflame distrust and add to the brewing hostility between our countries. We have given Iran every reason to take a defensive posture and prepare for war. Engaging in direct diplomacy is the responsible thing to do.
janneth janneth 9 years
Bloomberg is an honorable man.
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