US Presidential race

Republicans battle over who is Israel's biggest supporter

By Jessica Elgot, December 8, 2011

US Republican presidential candidates last night battled over who could declare the strongest support for Israel, all pledging to strengthen the bond between the two countries.

Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said his first foreign trip as president would be to Israel.


Republicans in Washington to woo Jewish voters

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

Republican candidates will be vying for the attention of Jewish voters at a panel session today.

Although the Democratic Party has traditionally enjoyed the backing of much of the Jewish community, the Republicans are hoping that disillusion with President Obama will help secure new voters next November.


Perry attacks Obama for Middle East 'appeasement'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

US presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have pitted themselves firmly against the Palestinian bid for statehood this week in remarks designed to encourage pro-Israel voters to support the Republican Party.


Rick Perry goes kosher to win Jewish vote

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

US presidential hopeful Rick Perry is hoping to cook up some Jewish support with a kosher reception this week.

According to the Politico website, the Texas governor's campaign team ha s organised an £1,600-a-head event for donors at a Manhattan hotel which will include a kosher menu.


Republicans cause upset in New York election

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

New Yorkers made their thoughts on President Obama's administration clear this week as they handed a Republican candidate a victory in a seat which has been Democrat-run since the Prohibition era.


Michele Bachmann: The (not) Jewish presidential hopeful

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

As with every US Presidential election, the candidates are after the Jewish vote. (The fact that they'd also quite like to capture the Christian vote, the Muslim vote, the Humanist vote and the votes of the people who believe aliens walk among us, is not the point).


The Jew who left the USA but still wants to be president

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

An American man living in the West Bank has mounted a rather unlikely bid for the US presidency.

Joseph Friedlander, 51, said he was motivated to enter the race in order to help "prevent the collapse of the greatest country the world has ever seen".


Gay Jewish Republican meets presidential campaign obstacle

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The presidential hopes of an openly gay Jewish Republican politician could be over before they have really begun, after he was denied permission to take part in a debate.

Fred Karger is a gay rights activist and political consultant who once worked with President Ronald Reagan.


Trailer: The Ides of March

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011
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George Clooney has teamed up with his Jewish longtime writing partner Grant Heslov on the political thriller The Ides of March.

Due for release next year, the film - about a presidential candidate and his political team - has already been tipped for next year's Academy Awards. Stars include Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Jewish actress Evan Rachel wood.


Michele Bachmann: a lesson in bad yiddish

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Michel Bachmann, a darling of America's Christian right, runs into a spot of trouble with a very well-known Yiddish word. Watch the clip at 1.35 for more: