US Presidential race

Romney wins Florida despite Gingrich Holocaust survivors call

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Mitt Romney has triumphed in the Florida primary despite a campaign attacking his treatment of Holocaust survivors.

The former Massachusetts governor achieved 46 per cent of the vote, but Florida's winner-takes-all system means he has gathered 50 more delegates ahead of summer's Republican Convention.


Gingrich attacks Romney's kosher vote ahead of Florida primary

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich's team has found a new tactic with which to challenge Mitt Romney as the Republican frontrunners gear up for the first presidential primary in which a large number of Jewish voters have a say.


Jewish vote could swing it in Florida

By Nathalie Rothschild, January 26, 2012

As Florida prepares for the Republican primary on Tuesday, will the Jewish vote prove key to the outcome?

Steven L Abrams, Palm Beach county chairman for the Newt Gingrich campaign and an elected county commissioner, said: "In a close election like this one even a couple of per cent can make a difference."

Jews make up three per cent of the population in the Sunshine State, but because the


Santorum's campaign managed by former Buchanan aide

By Jennifer Lipman, January 16, 2012

The man hoping to lead Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to victory previously worked for a politician known for his "antisemitic, racist and anti-immigrant views".

Mr Santorum's campaign manager is Michael Biundo, who was one of the key figures in Pat Buchanan's ultimately unsuccessful presidential bid in 1996.


Ron Paul takes tips from extremist Neturei Karta rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2012

Ron Paul, one of the candidates vying for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, has met a representative from the extremist anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta.

Mr Paul, who has drawn criticism for a catalogue of controversial remarks about Israel and the Holocaust as well as race and homosexuality, shook hands with Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss at an event in New Hampshire.


Rick Santorum's Jewish student days

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2012

A devout Catholic running for the Republican nomination might be an unlikely candidate for membership of a Jewish club.

But Rick Santorum, the latest presidential hopeful to surge in the polls, was apparently once part of a Jewish fraternity.

According to its website, as noticed by Tablet magazine, he was part of the Penn State university chapter of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.


Republican leader on why Jews back Democrats

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

As Republican voters in Iowa take the first steps towards choosing the party's next presidential candidate, the only Jewish Republican in Congress has expressed dismay at the Jewish community's voting habits.

Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, the most senior Jewish politician in US history, told CBS that the Jewish tendency to support the Democratic Party was the bane of his existence.


Ron Paul's anti-Israel views revealed by ex-aide

By Jennifer Lipman, December 28, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has been facing criticism after a former staffer revealed the depth of his anti-Israel attitudes.


Republican leader: Obama must do more on Arab antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2011

The most senior Jewish politician in US history has called on President Barack Obama to do more to challenge antisemitic attitudes amongst leaders in the Middle East.


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.