US Presidential race

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.


Jewish Republican beats Ron Paul in Puerto Rico primary

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

Controversial presidential hopeful Ron Paul was beaten in Sunday’s Puerto Rico primary by a little-known gay Jewish Republican contender.

Fred Karger, whose progressive campaign has attracted little media attention in the last few months, won 1.43 per cent of the vote in the US territory, compared with Mr Paul’s 1.22 per cent.


Report: Daniel Pearl baptised by Mormons

By Jennifer Lipman, February 29, 2012

The parents of a journalist who was murdered by Islamic militants in Pakistan have reacted angrily to the revelation that their son was posthumously baptised by the Mormon Church.


'Santorum won't get kosher vote'

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 23, 2012

Rick Santorum is surging in the ever-more dramatic Republican race for the presidential nomination. But will he be able to overcome his "Jewish problem"?

Mr Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, is widely regarded as the most right-wing of the four remaining GOP candidates, and the most socially conservative.


Why Sheldon Adelson is sticking with Newt

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 23, 2012

Two rumours are circulating around Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish Las Vegas casino magnate and publisher of pro-Netanyahu tabloid Israel Hayom. One is that he is about to pump another $10 million into Newt Gingrich's presidency bid.


Mormons sorry for posthumous baptism of Anne Frank

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2012

A week after Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel condemned the Mormon Church for adding his name to a list of those who could one day be eligible for posthumous baptism, members of the religion appear to have gone a step further and baptised Anne Frank.


Republican Jewish attack ad criticised as 'dangerous'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 20, 2012

The representative body of Jewish supporters of the Democratic Party has criticised its Republican rival group for using Israel "as a partisan wedge issue".

The criticism by the National Jewish Democratic Council came in response to an advert circulated by the Republican Jewish Coalition challenging President Obama's record on Israel.


Rick Santorum's Chanucah faux pas

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

A new kosher conundrum in the will they / won't they rollercoaster of the Republican presidential hopefuls. Did Rick Santorum really mean to send Jewish voters a card with a quote from the New Testament on?