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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:11 PM

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Endorses Obama

Source: Real Clear Politics

Obama campaign: Today, Obama for America released a new video endorsement from former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Mayor Koch is proud to cast his vote for Barack Obama because of the President's unbreakable support for Israel and because he has, time and time again, proven himself to be a true friend of the Jewish state. As Mayor Koch says, "I'm confident President Obama will continue his unambiguous commitment to the Jewish state in his second term, building on his record of leadership by preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and funding the Iron Dome missile defense system that is saving Israeli lives."

Mayor Koch is also standing with the President because he is the "clear, best choice on domestic policy" and has the right ideas for moving our country forward. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to take us back to the failed policies that led to the worst financial crisis in a generation, and they would shred the social safety net, turning Medicare into a voucher program and cutting Medicaid. And the Mayor knows that President Obama understands we have a responsibility to look out for one another in tough times -- and that he will keep fighting for the American people every day for the next four years.

As Mayor Koch says, "Those aren't just American values, they're Jewish values too."



Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/31/former_ny_mayor_ed_koch_endorses_obama.html





Kind of surprising, as he's been leaning GOP so heavily over the last decade, but good to have him.

And his argument (in addition to making a good case on domestic issues) does a lot to destroy right's nonsensical "Obama hates Israel" smear.

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Reply Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Endorses Obama (Original post)
Adenoid_Hynkel Oct 2012 OP
Historic NY Oct 2012 #1
Happyhippychick Oct 2012 #2
freshwest Oct 2012 #3
speedoo Oct 2012 #4
itsrobert Oct 2012 #5
speedoo Oct 2012 #14
politicasista Oct 2012 #23
Cha Oct 2012 #18
politicasista Oct 2012 #7
calimary Oct 2012 #9
yellowcanine Oct 2012 #10
Adenoid_Hynkel Nov 2012 #33
VWolf Nov 2012 #39
NYC Liberal Nov 2012 #24
politicasista Nov 2012 #25
NYC Liberal Nov 2012 #28
politicasista Nov 2012 #29
NYC Liberal Nov 2012 #34
politicasista Nov 2012 #35
NYC Liberal Nov 2012 #36
politicasista Nov 2012 #37
SCVDem Oct 2012 #6
Tx4obama Oct 2012 #8
onehandle Oct 2012 #12
yellowcanine Oct 2012 #13
Crunchy Frog Oct 2012 #16
Chakab Oct 2012 #19
CreekDog Oct 2012 #21
kitt6 Oct 2012 #11
Crunchy Frog Oct 2012 #15
On the Road Oct 2012 #17
CreekDog Oct 2012 #20
Adenoid_Hynkel Nov 2012 #27
Deep13 Oct 2012 #22
NYC Liberal Nov 2012 #26
kysrsoze Nov 2012 #30
bluestateguy Nov 2012 #31
VirginiaTarheel Nov 2012 #40
politicasista Nov 2012 #32
left on green only Nov 2012 #38

Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:14 PM

1. Wait what........

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:14 PM

2. I'm pleasantly surprised

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:16 PM

3. Good for him. And great statement to go with it.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:16 PM

4. Koch supported Bush, never forget that.

The schmuck was in favor of the policies he now says we should not go back to.. Fuck him.

Ed Koch is not to be trusted.

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Response to speedoo (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:19 PM

5. This is about Florida seniors

hopefully he has some pull there.

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:31 PM

14. We needed the Florida seniors much more in 2000 and 2004...

than we do now.

Lieberman and Koch were two people who helped elect Bush and brought us the horrors of the Bush years.. I hope they both burn in hell.

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Response to speedoo (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:57 PM

23. +1 n/t

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:44 PM

18. I agree.. I didn't like Koch when he supported bush but that was

then and this is the Immediate NOW.

I'd never turn away an endorsement because of some fool thing he did in the PAST.

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Response to speedoo (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:24 PM

7. Bingo n/t

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Response to speedoo (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:27 PM

9. That's the first thing I thought. Well, you decided to come home, eh, Ed?

Couldn't take the stench? Finally had enough?

I'm still pissed at that, too, speedoo. I remember when he became a fucking turncoat. Won't EVER forget it. He lost my trust at that moment, too.

Glad he finally saw the light, but his supporting bush was a real game-changer for me. A COLOSSAL fuck-up on his part, and an EXTREMELY poor judgment call. Made me start wondering about him and his grip on reality. I used to like Ed Koch. I MAY find my way back toward that again someday. But I'm not exactly hurrying. By thy betrayals art thou known, Ed.

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Response to speedoo (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:28 PM

10. I agree. Too little too late in any case. Mighty suspicious.

Appears to me he was waiting to see who was finishing strong to make the endorsement. Koch just wants to be with the winner for whatever reason. I see no principled action here.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:25 AM

33. and I still haven't forgiven Ed for this debacle from his time as mayor:


The city was ill-prepared to deal with the 1984 crisis.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #33)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 09:14 AM

39. Stay-Puft-gate n/t

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Response to speedoo (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:05 AM

24. He supported Bradley then Gore in 2000, and supported Obama in 2008.

It's pretty clear Koch got wrapped up in the "Rah rah patriotism" stuff after 9/11 (he all but said that's why he voted for Bush; he said he didn't agree with Bush on a single issue other than terrorism, but that terrorism was the most important issue). Stupid and shortsighted, but one election is not a reason not to trust him now.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #24)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:07 AM

25. IDU

He must have had another grudge towards Kerry.

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Response to politicasista (Reply #25)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:10 AM

28. Still not an issue of not being able to "trust" him now.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #28)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:14 AM

29. He should admit he was duped and apologize to

Senator Kerry and the Democratic Party.

He had to have had some other grudge, otherwise he wouldn't have voted for Bush, then come back to Obama.

But his loss, and Kerry's gain cause Obama adapted some of DNC 04 plattform and he knows who really had/has his back when it mattered.

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Response to politicasista (Reply #29)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:27 AM

34. Maybe he should.

But perhaps this is his way of doing that -- by once again supporting Democrats and endorsing Obama.

It's not like he's a right winger. I'd rather him come back to our side after going "rah rah USA" after 9/11 than not, like Dennis Miller and some others who went right and never realized their mistake.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #34)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:43 AM

35. It was a thought...

and he should do it.

He is one of many, many, many people that owe Senator Kerry an apology. IMO, it would make Obama look even stronger.

But guess that people will never learn. It's still popular for these same people aka Dems, Liberals, Progressives to have supported (or support) Gore, but ridicule Kerry for "losing" to Bush, and praise Obama for everything from his impressive two debates to his overall job as candidate/president.

Must be nice for the POTUS to get these types of endorsements from Dems that supported the other side, and his dreadful policies, but didn't want to support a true Democrat that was a person of patriotism and integrity. Sad they didn't or don't see that.

Sorry if this isn't sticking to the OP, but its JMO


At least Koch isn't Miller, who is just super crazy.

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Response to politicasista (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:48 AM

36. Well I'm a big supporter of Senator Kerry and I too think he gets too much hate.

One thing that pisses me off is people blaming him for not responding to the Swift Liars. He did respond -- forcefully -- but the corporate media refused to cover it, at the same time giving countless hours of free airtime to the Swift Liars by playing their ad over and over for free (as "news") and giving them a platform to spew their bullshit.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 01:00 AM

37. Bingo.

In a way Obama gets it, but he won and is winning. Gore still gets it, but he "won."

Maybe one day the real truth about all this will come out. Kerry got somewhat vindicated by the DNC speech last September, but still the "where was" and "had he" sentiment is still popular around here and social media land.

Flaws and all, but at least Obama and Team Obama valued his debating skills and knowledge of foreign policy. Unfortunate that so many don't see or realize that, but again, their loss and the Senator's gain.

Maybe someone will be brave enough to tell the story. Maybe.

Wasn't meaning to turn this thread upside down lol, but stating AHO. Peace.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:21 PM

6. I read 'smear'

but my mind went shmear.

Too much Jon Stewart maybe?

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:27 PM

8. OKAY. I get it now! Thanks! :)

He is a Democrat. So, I don't understand why this is a surprise.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Koch


Edited to change SUBJECT line! Thanks everyone!

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:29 PM

12. He's also, a self-serving nut.

Puh.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:29 PM

13. He is a Democrat when it is convenient to be one.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:34 PM

16. Because he endorsed Bush?

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:45 PM

19. Because he's a "Democrat" who supported Bush and

has badmouthed Obama in the past.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:50 PM

21. he hasn't acted like one in ages!

read more of the wiki entry.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:29 PM

11. WTF? I guess....

 

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:32 PM

15. If I were Israeli, that would make me want to vote for him.

Actually, I am voting for him, but because I think he's better for America and for the world as a whole.

But wow, Koch actually finds Romney to be worse than Bush? That's pretty impressive.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:43 PM

17. Things Must Have Been Pretty Yellow for Him Lately

because it certainly looks like he's let it mellow.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:48 PM

20. holy crap!

Koch?



I'll take it though!

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:09 AM

27. If nothing else, it will make Hannity's head explode

Sean's relied on Koch to be his guy-disappointed-with-Democrats-on-Israel for a decade now, and it appears those days are over now.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:51 PM

22. Well that's fine, but he's still a jackass. nt

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:08 AM

26. He announced this in May. I'm sure that, among other things, marriage equality is also a reason

for him to support President Obama.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:16 AM

30. Holy flurking schnitt! Has hell frozen over? Awesome! I'm sure Bibi's pissed :D

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:22 AM

31. It won't get much play, but it would have if he went the other way

He is a stickler for pro-Israel and would not go for Obama if he didn't have confidence in his pro-Israel credentials.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #31)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 09:40 AM

40. He always would not support Obama unless he thought O was gonna win

He has been anti-Obama until now. He wants to join the bandwagon.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:23 AM

32. ok

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 02:53 AM

38. Ed Koch....which one of the Koch brothers is he? n/t

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