As part of a continuing effort to woo South Florida’s Jewish voting bloc, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, spent Sunday courting Jewish voters in Broward and Palm Beach on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
At an afternoon speech at the Herb Skolnick Community Center near the Palm Aire condo community in Pompano Beach, Schumer told the crowd about Obama’s “long deep history with Israel” and told them not to listen to “narrow, nasty, whining rumors” to the contrary.
But Schumer also plugged Obama’s positions on Social Security, health care and taxes, telling the group of about 100, “Hello, we’re not just Jews; we’re Americans foremost.”
“All these [John] McCain supporters who tell you on the basis of Israel you should vote for McCain are saying you have to chose between your love of America and your love of Israel,” Schumer said. “You don’t.”
Schumer also used the appearance to take a few shots at the Republican ticket and McCain’s recently announced running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, telling the audience he doesn’t know where she stands on Israel -- or much else.
“We don’t know where she is on much, except she’s for creationism and she shoots a lot of mooses,” Schumer said.