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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Ed Koch Backs Obama "because Palin's scary"

That's the statement out today from the popular former NY mayor. Koch, a lifetime Democrat, has sometimes crossed party lines in key races, endorsing George W. Bush for president back in 2004, Rudolph Giuliani for mayor in 1993, and Michael Bloomberg for reelection of mayor in 2005. In his endorsement statement for Obama, Koch wrote that "the issue for me is who will best protect and defend America" and that both parties were strong on terrorism:

I have concluded that the country is safer in the hands of Barack Obama, leader of the Democratic Party and protector of the philosophy of that party. Protecting and defending the U.S. means more than defending us from foreign attacks. It includes defending the public with respect to their civil rights, civil liberties and other needs, e.g., national health insurance, the right of abortion, the continuation of Social Security, gay rights, other rights of privacy, fair progressive taxation and a host of other needs and rights.

If the vice president were ever called on to lead the country, there is no question in my mind that the experience and demonstrated judgment of Joe Biden is superior to that of Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a plucky, exciting candidate, but when her record is examined, she fails miserably with respect to her views on the domestic issues that are so important to the people of the U.S., and to me. Frankly, it would scare me if she were to succeed John McCain in the presidency.

Koch's support can only help Obama's reach into the secular Jewish community. Did somebody say "South Florida"?

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Blogger One Fly said...

In the end he will need all the help he can get so this is good for sure.

title="comment permalink">September 09, 2008 8:55 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

new yorkers are a strange breed anyway :) that's how you can tell that hillary is from somewhere else. i was going to say arkansas but i think she's from chicago :)

title="comment permalink">September 10, 2008 9:00 AM  
Blogger Declarations of Pride said...

Might not help, but it can't hurt. Especially if it gets media traction.

title="comment permalink">September 10, 2008 5:11 PM  

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