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August 30, 2012 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-08-30

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As Goes Michigan

Republicans say local Jewish vote
could swing election to Romney.

Craig Fahle


John Bolton talks to the Republican faithful.

David Sachs
Senior Copy Editor


ichigan is a critical battle-
ground state in this year's
presidential election, said
former U.S. ambassador to the United
Nations and Republican foreign affairs
pundit John Bolton.
"If the Democrats can't win Michigan,
Romney is the next president — it's that
simple he said.
Bolton was the guest speaker at a
kickoff pep rally of about 50 people for
the Jewish Coalition in Michigan for
Romney-Ryan held Aug. 15 at Temple
Beth El in Bloomfield Township.
Republican state chairman Robert
Schostak, who is Jewish, introduced
Bolton and noted that President Obama's
opponent four years ago, John McCain,
received only 25 percent of the Jewish
"Our goal in Michigan is to get 35 per-
cent of the Jewish vote said Schostak.
"If we move the Jewish vote, we win
Oakland County, and we win Michigan
and win the presidency:'
Bolton, a foreign affairs adviser to the
Mitt Romney campaign, has been sug-
gested as a possible secretary of state in
a Romney administration. Bolton coyly
declined to speculate when asked by an
audience member. His focus was to blast
the Obama administration and rally the
partisan troops.
"Obama is the president most hostile

to the State of Israel since 1948:' Bolton
And it started right at the beginning
of his administration. He made it abso-
lutely clear in his first speech to the U.N.
General Assembly in 2009 when he said
Israel must withdraw from the territories
occupied since 1967.
"But the issue is not where the lines
are — it's who is on the other side of
the lines:' Bolton said. "Is it a terror-
ist government who is still devoted to
eradicating Israel, or is it a government
that accepts Israel's right to exist in peace
and security? Nobody bothers to address
"And in the meantime, Iran gets ever
closer to nuclear weapons. Hezbollah
remains a great threat in Lebanon.
There is instability really throughout the
region. And what's the greatest threat to
peace and security in the Middle East
for the last 31/2 years, they've said? Israel
building apartments in east Jerusalem!
You can't make this stuff up. That's why
what happens in the next four years is
such an acute problem.
"Obama thinks that American
strength is provocative — and were the
cause of the problem. That if we are less
visible, less strong, less necessary, less
commanding, other countries will be
nicer to us.
"It, in fact, is the exact opposite
Bolton said. "It's not American strength

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