Republican Jewish Coalition Response on Romney

By demand, here is the RJC’s response on Mitt Romney’s decision to announce his candidacy at the Henry Ford Museum. (The NJDC has criticized Romney for linking his candidacy to the notorious anti-Semite and distributer of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.)

Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks today said: “I’m saddened and disappointed by the attack today by the NJDC against Governor Romney. In 1999, the NJDC did not attack President Bill Clinton when he praised Henry Ford, and for them to go after Governor Romney now is the ultimate in partisan political double standards. This double standard shows the NJDC’s comments to be politically driven and underscores why these attacks aren’t credible.”

In a February 5, 1999 speech on micro-enterprise development in Washington DC, President Bill Clinton said of Henry Ford: “Henry Ford – a small entrepreneur – once said that the best Americans were those with ‘an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.’ We honor today those kinds of Americans, testament to the power of enterprise and the strength of the human spirit.”

“The RJC believes that the NJDC does a disservice to Governor Romney’s strong record of support for the Jewish community and to their own reputation by their actions,” Brooks concluded.

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One Response to “Republican Jewish Coalition Response on Romney”

  1. brookline bagel Says:

    The Republican Jewish Coalition’s claim of double standard is incredibly thin. To say that Clinton “praised” Henry Ford by merely quoting him is to say that reporters are praising their sources by re-printing their statements, which is obviously not the case. By contrast, Romney situated himself in a building established precisely to honor Ford, and then explicitly saluted his contributions to America and the world.
    All that said, it’s fairly easy to divorce the assembly line and the Ford 500 — in other words, Ford’s contributions to society as businessman and entrepreneur — from the anti-Semitic rantings, or his “contributions” to society as a citizen and celebrity. My grandfather, a Jew and a Zionist, bought a series of Volkswagen Beetles throughout his life, despite the fact that they were the direct industrial product of the German Nazi machine. When asked how he could do such a thing, my grandfather replied, “It’s a good, cheap car.” These days, I’m told, most taxi cabs in Israel are Mercedes-Benzes, too. All of which is to say this: Mitt, what’s your stance on Israel and the Jews? Because the choice of campaign launching pad was at best minorly insensitive to we Jews.

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