Romney announces Jewish Americans for Romney coalition
August 1, 2012 4 Comments
By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Director
Washington, Aug. 1 – Fresh off his trip to Israel, Mitt Romney announced his Jewish Americans for Romney coalition.
“I am proud to have the support of so many distinguished Jewish Americans,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said in a statement. “The Jewish community has made contributions to American society that stand in amazing disproportion to its numbers, and I am genuinely honored to have so many of its leading thinkers, diplomats, and political leaders support my campaign. Having just visited Israel at a critical juncture in the history of the Middle East, I am persuaded that now, more than ever, America needs to stand with Israel. I will extend the hand of friendship because our partnership is not merely a strategic alliance but a force for good in the world.”
Honorary chairmen include Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), former Gov. Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii), former Sens. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and Rudy Boschwitz (R-Minn) and Adam Hasner of Florida.
Cantor, the House majority leader, called for all American Jews regardless of political affiliation to seriously consider Romney’s candidacy.
“Throughout his life, Gov. Romney has been an unwavering supporter of the state of Israel,” Cantor said in a statement. “Gov. Romney understands that peace in the Middle East will only be achieved when Israel is secure within its borders and not the target of violence fueled by senseless hatred. He will leave no stone unturned in the effort to keep Israel secure.”
In a recent survey by the American Jewish Committee, Jewish Americans’ highest priorities in the 2012 presidential election are the economy (80 percent), health care (57 percent), national security (26 percent) and taxes (26 percent). Twenty-two percent of Jewish Americans cite U.S.-Israel relations as the one of the three most important issues in deciding how they will vote in the 2012 presidential election.
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Coleman addressed this issue. ”Like every other group in America, American Jews want an economy that is growing and creating jobs for all who seek them. Given his background and experience, Gov. Romney will succeed in turning around the U.S. economy where Barack Obama has failed.”