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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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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“We need a new president or we’re going to have a cataclysmic situation.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president who isn't going to stop them. He isn't going to stop them from getting a nuclear weapon. We need a new president or we are going to have a cataclysmic situation with a power that is the most prolific proliferator of terror in the world that will be able to do so with impunity because they will have a nuclear weapon to protect them for whatever they do. It has to be stopped, and this president is not in a position to do that."

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“Syria is a puppet state of Iran…[Obama] is afraid to stand up to Iran.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Syria is a puppet state of Iran. They are a threat not just to Israel, but they have been a complete destabilizing force within Lebanon, which is another problem for Israel and Hezbollah. They are a country that we can do no worse than the leadership in Syria today, which is not the case, and some of the other countries that we readily got ourselves involved in.So it's sort of remarkable to me we would have -- here again, it's the timidness of this president in dealing with the Iranian threat, because Syria and Iran is an axis. And the...

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“The radicals in Egypt and…in Libya…the president is more than happy to help them out.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Here's what I said -- we need to get this -- these pro-American Iranians who are there, who want freedom, want democracy, and want somebody to help them and support them. Well, we put some money out there and guess what? Barack Obama cut it when he came into office. And when the Green Revolution rose, the pro-democracy prose, we had nothing. We had no connection, no correlation and we did absolutely nothing to help them.In the meantime, when the radicals in Egypt and the radicals in Libya, the Muslim Brotherhood, when they rise against either a feckless leader or...

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“I have been on the trail of Iran…for about eight years now.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I would say that if you're looking for a president to be elected in this country that will send that very clear message to Iran as to the seriousness of the American public to stop them from getting a nuclear weapon, there would be no better candidate than me because I have been on the trail of Iran and trying to advocate for stopping them getting a nuclear weapon for about eight years now.I was the author of a bill back in 2008 that talked about sanctions on a nuclear program that our intelligence community said didn't exist and had...

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“We need to give law enforcement the opportunity to do…what Sheriff Arpaio was doing.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I'm not going to require homeowners to do E-Verify. I think that's one step too far. But I think what we need to do is to give law enforcement the opportunity to do what they're doing here in Arizona and what Sheriff Arpaio was doing before he ran into some issues with the federal government, which is to allow folks to enforce the law here in this country, to allow people who are breaking the law or suspicious of breaking the law to be able to be detained and deported if they're found here in this country illegally, as well...

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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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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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