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GOP Candidates Flock To Jewish Forum After Snubbing Latinos, Blacks
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The top four Republican presidential candidates will sit out Thursday night's debate before African-American voters at Morgan State University in Baltimore. But they will appear en masse at a forum planned next month by the Republican Jewish Coalition.
"This is the type of forum where it's necessary for them to participate," Allan Hoffenblum, a veteran Republican analyst told the Huffington Post. "You can turn down the Latinos, and you can turn down the blacks, but you can't turn down the Jews."
A spokeswoman for the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) confirmed to the Huffington Post that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson will all be in attendance for their 'Victory 2008' forum on Oct. 16. Joining them will be Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), who will also attend the Morgan State forum.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will sit out the Jewish group's forum due to a scheduling conflict. The other four GOP presidential hopefuls were not invited. RJC members will pay at least $500 to hear the succession of 45-minute speeches in Washington.
While the candidates have steered clear of important black and Latino voter forums, a number of factors make the Republican Jewish Coalition event one not to be missed. Candidates have a chance flaunt their foreign policy credentials - and their hawkish policy proposals - before a demanding audience.
"There will be a lot of disc
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