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Obama campaign launches ‘Rabbis for Obama’

Olivier Knox, Yahoo News
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President Barack Obama speaks at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception in the East Room at the White House …

President Barack Obama's reelection campaign unveiled "Rabbis for Obama"—a group of more than 600 rabbis from across the country—at a time when Republicans are hoping to erode the Democrat's wide lead among Jewish voters.

"Their ringing endorsement of President Obama speaks volumes about the president's deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel and his dedication to a policy agenda that represents the values of the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community," Ira Forman, the campaign's Jewish Outreach Director, said in a statement.

The announcement came with a state-by-state list of the rabbis backing Obama, who leads Romney 68 percent to 25 percent among Jewish voters according to a recent Gallup poll.

The respected polling organization has noted that Obama's support among Jewish voters has slipped from a 74-23 percent edge before the 2008 election. Republicans have repeatedly assailed the president's approach to Iran and often tense relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—but the sour economy is a more likely factor in Obama's support, which has dipped among voters in general.

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