“We are going to ... make sure that we are helping the [Syrian] opposition”

Posted on October 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"But ultimately, Syrians are going to have to determine their own future. And so everything we're doing, we're doing in consultation with our partners in the region, including Israel which obviously has a huge interest in seeing what happens in Syria; coordinating with Turkey and other countries in the region that have a great interest in this. This -- what we're seeing taking place in Syria is heartbreaking, and that's why we are going to do everything we can to make sure that we are helping the opposition. But we also have to recognize that, you know, for...

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Why no Arab Americans for Obama?

Posted by on October 19, 2012 in News Clips

Back in 2008, I coupled an unfair Democratic attack on the "Jewish" bonafides of Sarah Palin with unfair Republican attacks on same of Mazen Asbahi, the Arab/Muslim-American outreach director for the Obama campaign, to make a point about how the political system tends to scare away folks who might have brushed up against unwise choices -- even though they subsequently, wisely, rejected them.

The followup is interesting too. Republicans and Republican Jews brushed aside the Democrats' specious attempts to associate Palin with Pat Buchanan and backed her, at least  through election day. The Obama campaign caved to the specious...

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I still want to close Guantanamo…..we haven’t been able to get that through Congress.”

Posted on October 18, 2012 in Campaign Statements

I still want to close Guantanamo.....we haven’t been able to get that through Congress."

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“We must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence”

Posted on October 15, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants" - In response to attacks on Libya

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Obama Strong but Wilting With Arab-Americans

Posted by on October 01, 2012 in News Clips

A new poll issued by the Arab American Institute (pdf here) yesterday and conducted by JZ Analytics reports that President Obama maintains a commanding lead over Governor Mitt Romney in the election but that Obama's edge has dropped by 15 percent since the 2008 election.  Arab-Americans are defecting from both both the GOP and the Democratic Party and are increasingly identifying as Independents (24 percent, according to James Zogby. That said Arab-American Dems stand at 46 percent of their population as compared to 22 percent who are GOPers.In terms of what Arab-Americans thought was "very important"...

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Zogby: Arab-Americans Still Back Obama but More Take on Independent Label

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in News Clips

Arab-Americans, who comprise a sizable population in Florida, may not be flocking to the GOP, but they are also stepping back from their wholehearted support of President Obama, pollster James Zogby said, after releasing results of a national poll Thursday.Democrats, who have confidently carried minority support, hold a 2-1 advantage among Arab-Americans. But 15 percent of the Arab-Americans who voted for Obama in 2008 have yet to declare their support.Since 2002, the percentage of Arab-Americans in the GOP has dropped from 31 percent to 22 percent, while Arab-Americans who have taken on a no-party affiliation designation has grown over the...

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Jim Zogby to Wolf Blitzer: Arab American Community is ‘Bridge’ to the Arab World

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Blog

AAI President Jim Zogby joined CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Kate Bolduan in the Situation Room last night to discuss a wide range of Middle East foreign policy issues as well as AAI’s recent poll on the Arab American vote in 2012. Dr. Zogby was joined by Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. While AAI’s poll shows that jobs and the economy rate as the two most important issues concerning Arab Americans this election cycle, foreign policy is also among the top issues. With unfolding events in the Middle East continuing...

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Survey of Arab-Americans highlights drop in support for Obama

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in News Clips

The Arab-American community still largely supports President Barack Obama, but 15 percent of Arabs who voted for Obama in 2008 have not declared their support for him this year, according to a new poll released by the Arab American Institute (AAI).

52 percent of all Arab-Americans say they will vote for Obama, compared to 28 percent who have declared their support for Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate. The numbers are also broken down by religious identity. “Arab American Muslims support Obama overwhelmingly (75% to 8%), while Orthodox/Protestants support Romney by a 16% margin,” according to the poll....

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Poll: Voters Favor Obama on Medicare

Posted by on September 27, 2012 in News Clips

A trio of recently released polls shows some more good news for President Obama. Voters in the swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Virginia dislike the changes the Republican ticket would make to Medicare by a wide margin, according to a new poll by The Washington Post. In Florida 65 percent of respondents would prefer to keep Medicare as it is, while voters in Ohio trust Obama more than Mitt Romney on the issue by a 19-point margin. Virginia voters give Obama a 13-point edge. Meanwhile, a new Reuters poll shows Obama leading with a 7-point...

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Arab Americans show tepid support for Obama, poll finds

Posted by on September 27, 2012 in News Clips

WASHINGTON — While more than half of the 1.6 million Arab Americans expected to vote in November plan to back President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, support among them for the president has dropped 15 percentage points in the past four years.

One in five Arab American independents remain undecided or plan to vote for a third party, according to a poll released Thursday by the Arab American Institute. And with more than 100,000 undecided Arab Americans expected to cast ballots in the battleground states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the institute’s president, James Zogby, says neither presidential...

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