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McCain camp pushes Obama-Khalidi ties. Republicans pressure LA times to release video of Obama giving toast at pro-Palestinian event. But it does suggest that McCain could have some of his own explaining to do as he tries to make hay out of Khalidi's ties to Obama. Obama's campaign, meantime, says McCain's complaints about the candidate's relationship to Khalidi were hypocritical. It said the Arizona.
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His remarks satisfied Leslie Hecht-Leavitt, a Democrat more impressed with Obama's association with Ross than his connection to Khalidi, even though she abhors the latter's views on Israel. They associate with all people.
It's the nature of politics, " Hecht-Leavitt said of politicians. If he's appointed Dennis Ross as his senior advisor, that means a lot more than someone he's spoken to or had lunch with. She was impressed by Ross's statements on the thorny issue of Iran but felt Ross was "playing down" the character and past of someone who has expressed extremely harsh criticism of Israel views and she thinks has ties to the PLO.
Khalidi taught at the University of Chicago until Obama and his wife, Michelle, often socialized with Khalidi and his wife, Mona, and the Khalidis hosted a political fundraiser for Obama in The video the Times story quotes records Obama saying that Khalidi provided him "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation - a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table [but around] this entire world.
We gotta be careful about guilt by association.
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But he referred the newspaper to a story in Wednesday's Huffington Post that McCain headed the International Republican Institute when it gave grants to an organization co-chaired by Khalidi. McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb confirmed the veracity of the report, but said that it was beside the point.
He said that McCain had never met Khalidi and that the issue was the entirety of the pro-Palestinian event Obama attended rather than just Khalidi himself. He said the campaign wanted to see the tape to know the full extent of the anti-Israel statements and how Obama reacted to them.
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If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see a day of peace. Khalidi's organization, the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, conducted regular public opinion surveys in the West Bank and Gaza with financial support from various foundations and from the International Republican Institute, an organization that promoting democracy around the world.
This pathetic effort should, in a normal world, be laughed off the airwaves and news pages.
First and most importantly, Khalidi is not someone that anyone should be ashamed to know. He is a noted and well-respected Palestinian scholar. Michael Hudson, director of the Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown, describes Khalidi as pre-eminent in his fielda courageous scholar and public figure.
No concrete offence of Khalidi's has actually been alleged, so far as I'm aware, except that he once served as spokesman for the PLO, which Khalidi denies. Still, McCain made this stunning comparison on Wednesday: This modern-day McCarthyism seems to rely much more on the fact that Rashid Khalidi's name is Rashid Khalidi than any concrete allegations of wrongdoing.
And the haphazard insinuation that maybe Ayers was there too is a transparent attempt to bait the Times into releasing the tape.
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The McCain people must know that a journalist cannot and will not burn a source. Politicians would love to have a pet newspaper of their very own. All this will no doubt keep him in good standing with his colleagues at the Standard, alas. Sadly, the media has been more than happy to provide that noise. We don't take sides on this programme.
We just want the facts, so we asked Tom Foreman to look into this guy and allegations of a relationship with Obama and McCain.