WASHINGTON—The front page of the Thursday New York Times has a story by Jodi Kantor headlined “As Obama Heads to Florida, Many of its Jews Have Doubts.” Kantor recounts the persistent problem Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has had convincing Jewish voters to support him. I wrote about Obama’s ongoing issues with Jewish voters in February: More than a year into his run for president, Obama is still explaining his record, relationships and religion to Jewish voters.LINK
On Thursday afternoon, Obama holds a town hall meeting with the Bnai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Fl.
And Obama, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) all appear at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington on June 2-4.
FOOTNOTE: Obama’s earliest political boosters were an influential network of Chicago Jewish Democratic donors; Obama lives across the street of KAM Isaiah Israel, the oldest synagogue in Chicago.