US Presidential race

Obama to visit Israel if he wins second term in White House

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2012

President Obama will visit Israel if he is elected for four more years.

The pledge was made by his senior aide Colin Kahl in a conversation with journalists on Monday.

"We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term, should he be re-elected," said Mr Kahl, the president's campaign spokesman on the Middle East.


Democrats withdraw complaints against Sheldon Adelson

By Ted Merwin, July 19, 2012

In the wake of complaints by law professor Alan Dershowitz and others, the National Jewish Democratic Council has abruptly withdrawn a petition calling on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to refuse “tainted money” from the world’s 16th richest man, Sheldon Adelson.


Jewish woman hoping to challenge Obama and Romney

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

A Jewish woman is hoping to win support from voters across the United States in her bid to be the country's next president.

Jill Stein, the nominee for the Green Party, faces an uphill battle, given that political support in the US tends to be split between the two main parties.


Jewish Republicans and Democrats fight over Adelson donations

By Jennifer Lipman, July 10, 2012

A row has broken out between Jewish supporters of America's rival political parties after the president of an umbrella organisation for Jewish Democrats called for Mitt Romney to stop accepting funds from a wealthy Jewish Republican donor.


Romney heading to Israel as race against Obama heats up

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 3, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will visit Israel in the coming weeks to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two first met in 1976 when they both worked for The Boston Consulting Group, and have remained friendly since.


Gingrich says goodbye, thanks Sheldon Adelson

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

Newt Gingrich has thanked his main campaign donors after announcing his exit from the Republican presidential primary race.

Mr Gingrich paid tribute to Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who gave an estimated $20 million to a political action committee that supported the former House Speaker.


Jewish voters still not convinced by Mitt Romney

By Jennifer Lipman, April 30, 2012

Jewish voters are more likely to back President Obama than Mitt Romney at the general election in November.

A new survey commissioned for the American Jewish Committee has revealed that while the Democratic politician is less popular among respondents than he was in 2008, he would still be backed by nearly two - thirds.


Majority of Jews still plan to back Obama over Republicans

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The Republican Party's attempts to woo American Jewish voters appear to have been less than successful despite growing dissatisfaction with the incumbent of the White House.

According to an independent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, there has been little change in support levels since 2008.


Adelson: Newt Gingrich 'at end' of Republican race

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s most important financial backer has suggested that the Republican hopeful has no future in the party’s primary race.


Santorum paid to speak to Messianic Jews group

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, spoke at a Messianic Jews convention in 2010, it emerged this week.

Mr Santorum, who remains the main obstacle to Mitt Romney's chances of the party's nomination, is known for his conservative views on issues such as abortion, homosexuality and birth control, inspired by his devout Catholicism.