Barack Obama went to a Florida synagogue this afternoon to reassure Jewish voters that he would defend Israel as president and that he would not negotiate with Hamas unless it renounced terrorism.
"As president I will do everything in my power to help Israel defend itself from these and other threats," he declared.
Obama sought to address suspicions and misconceptions that he called "rumor-mongering" -- inflamed in false email attacks and by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., who published a pro-Palestinian article in the church bulletin. Obama is also not doing as well among Jewish voters as Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and in some polls would not do as well among them as Senator John F. Kerry did as the 2004 Democratic nominee.
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