CPAC Victory by Rand Paul Alarms American Jews


CPAC Straw Poll Results:
1. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – 25%
2. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – 23%
3. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) – 8%
4. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) – 7%
5. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – 6%
6. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) – 5%

— by David Streeter

Earlier today, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) — the Senate’s only proponent of cutting aid to Israel and the sole Senator who refuses to reject a policy of containment for a nuclear-armed Iran — won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) annual straw poll. NJDC Executive Director Aaron Keyak said:

Regardless of political affiliation, American Jews should be alarmed that the Republican Party’s core activists have selected Senator Rand Paul to be their preferred standard bearer for 2016. Senator Paul has called multiple times to cut and end American aid to Israel, and has refused to rule out a containment strategy vis-à-vis Iran. Paul’s misguided foreign policy views are nothing short of dangerous, and his growing legitimacy among the GOP’s base is only another reason why the vast majority of Jewish Americans consistently support the Democratic Party.

Anti-Israel Ron Paul Leads Presidential Field in CPAC Straw Poll


Democrats contrast CPAC and SOTU Rhetoric.

— David A. Harris

The victory of Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll sends a clear message: the Republican Party and the conservative movement continue to grow increasingly out of touch with the values of the American Jewish community. It seems as though Republicans are trying to drive Jewish voters away as quickly as possibly, in fact.

Representative Ron Paul has never missed an opportunity to vote against the U.S.-Israel relationship. And his questionable record goes far beyond this; as we have noted before, “from his unacceptable statements about Gaza to the Ron Paul newsletter wondering aloud if the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was perpetrated by Israel, Paul is beyond the pale.” Like his son, he wants to end all aid to Israel, though Rep. Paul has gone even farther in discussing his bizarre and offensive belief that “AIPAC is in control of things, and they control the votes” regarding the war in Iraq. On the domestic front, Paul is no better — calling global climate change a “hoax” and working to eliminate the Department of Education.


Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) poses with neo-Nazi leader and campaign contributor Don Black. (Photo: Ace of Spades.)

Republicans from around the country descended on Washington in recent days for the most prominent annual conservative conference. And after hearing directly from many 2012 hopefuls, they decided that Ron Paul — miserable record and all — best represents the hearts and minds of conservatives. This speaks volumes about today’s conservative movement, and how diametrically opposed to Jewish interests it is.

Paul embodies a Republican Party that continues to move further and further to the right — and a conservative movement that fails to stand up for the ideals and values that American Jews hold dear.