Jewish Voters Mull Cantor for VP

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain considers Congressman Eric Cantor (R-Va) among potential running mates, Jewish voters are likewise thinking about what that may mean for the ticket.

Cantor, 45, a fourth-term congressman who serves as chief deputy minority whip in the House, lost a cousin in a terror attack in Tel Aviv two years ago.

Jewish Republicans are enthusiastic about Cantor's pro-life and strongly conservative views, writes Jerusalem Post correspondent Hilary Leila Krieger.

"I have heard many, many Jewish Republicans come up to him to tell him that as the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, he is serving as their 'shadow congressman,' representing Jewish Republicans everywhere who feel un-represented by their member of Congress," William Daroff, former deputy executive director of the Republican Jewish coalition, told Krieger.

"Congressman Cantor's nomination would help shore up Senator McCain's socially conservative base nationally and guarantee that Virginia stays Republican, while at the same time give Jewish voters in key battleground states, such as Florida and Ohio, pause to consider the GOP ticket," Daroff said.

Political analyst Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute said Cantor could help the ticket in states such as Florida where some Jewish voters "aren't signed, sealed and delivered" to Obama.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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