John Zogby says Election is “The President’s to Lose”

Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Blog

The President’s performance as of late, according to analysis by AAI Board Member and Pollster John Zogby, has been relatively dismal overall. However, despite the unimpressive performance, Zogby says the President is “pretty much where he needs to be” election-wise. Zogby writes a weekly report card for the Washington Times in which he grades the president’s performance with key voting constituencies. In his analysis, Zogby cites polling data and popular responses to the week’s top political issues to back up the grades he issues the President. Going back through the report card to mid-May, the President rarely receives better than...

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Two New Romney Alliances Are Troubling

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Blog

Mitt Romney is proving, once again, to be the political shape-shifter he is often accused of being. Throughout the race for the nomination, which is likely to end today in Texas, Romney positioned himself as the most electable candidate, and the most “presidential.” He refrained from pandering to some of the popular issues other candidates pounced on, playing to the passions of their base constituents. In New Hampshire and Iowa, Romney struck down attempts by supporters to seek validation of their anti-Muslim, bigoted viewpoints. Throughout the height of Donald Trump’s “birther” craze Romney did not engage, and presumably encouraged...

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AIPAC: Three Candidates, Three Takeaways

Posted by on March 07, 2012 in Blog

Santorum A 'tragic disconnect'

Rick Santorum said nothing new today in his address at the AIPAC policy conference. From the very beginning it was clear that he, as one expects, would use his time to deliver a political message and take the opportunity to lash out at Obama’s Israel policy, especially with regard to Iran. Santorum’s political message was simple: Obama has “turned his back on the people of Israel,” he said. “A clear and unfortunate, tragic disconnect,” he proclaimed emphatically, exists between the administration and the Israelis with regard to Iran’s...

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Obama’s Message to AIPAC

Posted by on March 07, 2012 in Blog

President Obama is in a tough spot. On the one hand, he wants to bring about a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians (which requires pressuring Israel), as well as avoid a catastrophic war with Iran (which requires pushing back on AIPAC’s war rhetoric). On the other hand, he needs to make the Israel lobby happy with him in the lead up to the election. The task of balancing these competing goals is further complicated by the fact that the Republican field is bent on falsely portraying him as anti-Israel. Can he pull it off?

On Sunday, Obama addressed AIPAC’s...

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Michigan Arab American Leaders Endorse Ron Paul Ahead of State Primary

Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Blog

Congressman Paul to Meet with Republican Community Leaders Today in Dearborn

DEARBORN, Michigan – February 27, 2012 – Michigan’s Arab American Republican leadership has endorsed Congressman Ron Paul for President today ahead of the State’s Republican Primary election.  Congressman Paul will join Arab American community representatives from Southeast Michigan, including Detroit, Dearborn, Southfield, Warren and Ann Arbor to accept the endorsement. The group will meet with Ron Paul tonight at 6:30PM. The meeting was arranged by the Arab Student Union at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in coordination with Osama Siblani, editor of the Arab American News, the country’s largest Arab...

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Arab Americans Grapple With Which Presidential Candidate to Support in 2012

Posted by on February 27, 2012 in News Clips

When Dearborn resident Amal Berry-Brown left the National Leadership Conference for Arab Americans in October, she said she walked away sad.Because while the annual conference–held in 2011 in Dearborn–is always about creating a unified political and social voice for the community, it’s hard to find unity without a clear political leader.In 2008, that person was then presidential candidate Barack Obama. But heading into 2012’s election season, the choices are much murkier.“The Arab American community is a bit disenfranchised,” Berry-Brown, a Comerica vice president and community leader, told Dearborn Patch last October. “We had a great deal of hope...

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Muslims and Arab Americans in Michigan aren’t getting attention from Republican pres. candidates

Posted by on February 27, 2012 in News Clips

DEARBORN, Mich.--A light snow was falling outside the largest mosque in the country, the Islamic Center of America, as the parking lot filled with worshipers at Friday prayers. Outside, four people passed out flyers in support of Ron Paul, which included Arabic and English translations of Paul's campaign message.

"Ron Paul's Plan to Restore America," the flyer read on the English side, and listed seven of Paul's campaign priorities, including: balancing the budget, cutting spending by $1 trillion in one year, and, of course, auditing the Federal Reserve.

The Arabic-language side, according to a translation provided by Todd Weston, Paul's regional...

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Washington Watch: Watching the Arab vote

Posted by on February 22, 2012 in News Clips

Quite a bit has been written lately about the impact of the Jewish vote in this year’s presidential race, but what about the Arab-American vote? That will be tested next week in the state with the country’s second largest Arab-American population, Michigan, and a week later in Ohio, which ranks eighth. Unlike Jews, who historically vote 3:1 Democratic, Arab Americans have been less predictable.Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have done little discernible to court Michigan’s Arab- American voters.“I see no real enthusiasm for any Republican,” said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. “Many...

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Foreign policy for Republicans, and others: Part I

Posted by on February 09, 2012 in News Clips

For a while, we were concerned that the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination were not saying much about national security and foreign affairs. Now that a few have started, maybe they were better off before. Certainly, the Republican hopefuls have put to rest any lingering notion that their party is the one to trust with the nation’s security... the candidates offer largely bad analysis and worse solutions, nothing that suggests real understanding or new ideas... American voters deserve thoughtful answers. They’re not getting them. Republicans and Foreign Policy – New York Times...

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Florida’s In, But All Remaining Candidates Fight On

Posted by on February 01, 2012 in Blog

While the candidates performed in the expected order in Florida’s Republican Primary results, the wide gaps between them were a bit surprising. Romney won by a very comfortable margin, earning over 46% of the vote. Gingrich came in at second place with 31.9% of the vote. Santorum had a mere 13.4%, while Paul came in with a shabby 7%.

Newt Gingrich was unhinged by Romney’s easy victory, and printed “46 states to go” signs for his second-place victory rally, indicating that he’ll be fighting on for a long time. He is also now embracing the underdog...

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