Young Jews urged to ask Florida grandparents to vote for Obama
The Great Schlep is an online campaign urging young U.S. Jews to urge their grandparents in Florida to vote for the Democratic presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the Nov. 4 election against Republican John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin.
To do so it has enlisted the aid of comedian Sarah Silverman who does a sometimes foul-mouthed plea for Jews to fly to Florida to visit grandma and grandpa and sell the idea of Obama in the White House to them.
“If Barack Obama doesn’t become the next president of the United States, I’m going to blame the Jews,” she says.
Florida is seen as one of about 10 closely contested states where the most exciting White House race in a long time will be ultimately decided. The state has a sizable Jewish population — about five percent of the state’s population by some estimates — and also has a large elderly retiree population.
The U.S. Jewish vote often leans heavily Democratic but McCain’s tough stance on terrorism issues is seen a winner among many elderly voters. Plus, there have been some questions raised about Obama’s support of Israel despite his efforts to affirm his strong support.
According to a survey released on Thursday by the American Jewish Committee, 57 percent of U.S. Jewish voters back Obama and 30 percent support McCain. It was based on interviews with over 900 Jewish voters between Sept. 8 – 21 and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
See the video here (warning: the language in here may be offensive to some people).
– Photo credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni (Silverman at Emmy awards earlier this month)