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Democrats court vote of disgruntled Muslims; Dean is overwhelming favorite
Reuters ^ | December 26, 2003

Posted on 12/30/2003 11:44:05 AM PST by nwrep

WASHINGTON - Three years after Muslim Americans overwhelmingly voted for George W Bush, democratic presidential candidates are courting these disenchanted voters in hopes of winning millions of backers in key states.

"I want to earn the support of Muslims and Muslim leaders across the United States," Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, told a major Muslim conference outside Los Angeles last weekend.

"I very much hope for your support," Democratic front-runner and former Vermont governor, Howard Dean, told the same meeting, the Muslim Public Affairs Council annual convention.

Dean, Kerry and Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich all called in from the campaign trail, and the audience was receptive.

Angered by post-September 11 legislation like the USA Patriot Act which Muslims feel discriminates against them, upset about wars against two Muslim countries, and frustrated by a perceived pro-Israeli bias in Middle East peacemaking, many United States Muslims are shifting their political allegiance.

This marks a sharp turn from previously widespread sentiment that the Republicans under Bush would support Palestinian aspirations in the Middle East.

Bush had in the past aggressively courted the Muslim vote, and the traditional pro-business stance of Republicans had also appealed to many middle class Muslim voters.

With Bush's approval ratings at 59 per cent -- the highest since August -- disgruntled Muslims and leading democratic candidates hope this non-traditional voting bloc could swing the election in major states which have large Muslim populations such as California, New York, Florida and Michigan.

"I think that this November we will see American Muslims coming to the polls in unsurpassed numbers," said MPAC executive director Salam al-Marayati.

"This is due to actions our elected leaders took in response to 9/11 as well as the dramatic increase in voter registration drives and the large number of American Muslim youth who have become eligible to vote since the last presidential election," he said.

US census statistics do not detail religious affiliation, and unofficial estimates vary widely. Islamic groups say there are around 6 million American Muslims.

American Muslims endorsed and strongly backed Bush in 2000, a decision many criticised after September 11, 2001, when they say anti-Islamic sentiment began to rise.

"Today I go to mosques and many people tell me they'll vote for ABB -- anybody but Bush," said Hossam Ayloush, head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in southern California.

A straw poll among the 800 MPAC delegates showed more than 67 per cent planned to vote for Dean, compared to just 2 per cent for Bush. Upon hearing the poll results, one delegate said, "How did Bush manage to get 2 per cent?"

Aslam Abdullah, an activist and head of the Muslim Electorates' Council of America, said his surveys in seven key states showed two-thirds of 1.7 million Muslim voters backed Bush in 2000.

He said the size of the Muslim electorate had now jumped to almost 3 million, thanks to massive voter registration drives, a large number of new citizens and an increase in Muslim-Americans who have reached the voting age of 18.

Yahya Basha, a staunch Republican and a prominent Muslim leader in Michigan, said Bush could still win the Islamic vote, but had to do more to court it.

"It is going to be a challenge," he said. "I'd hate to see them giving up on that community ... I think there is potential and they (the Bush campaign) should do a bit more to reach out."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2004; cair; clashofcivilizatio; culturewar; dean; electionpresident; howarddean; islam; muslimvote; salamalmarayati

1 posted on 12/30/2003 11:44:05 AM PST by nwrep
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To: *Clash of Civilizatio; *Culture_War; *Election President
PING
2 posted on 12/30/2003 11:44:56 AM PST by nwrep
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To: nwrep
For every Muslim vote the dems try to get, Bush will pick up 5 Jewish voters, and lots of campaign cash...
3 posted on 12/30/2003 11:50:59 AM PST by ken5050
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To: nwrep
They'll vote for the candidate most likely to surrender to militant islam.

Gee, what a freaking surprise.

4 posted on 12/30/2003 11:52:15 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nwrep
Who would Osama vote for?
5 posted on 12/30/2003 11:55:11 AM PST by Maceman (Too nuanced for a bumper sticker)
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To: ken5050
>>For every Muslim vote the dems try to get, Bush will pick up 5 Jewish voters, and lots of campaign cash...

I hope you're right, but old voting patterns die hard. For what rational reason is Zell Miller still a Democrat, for instance?
6 posted on 12/30/2003 11:56:32 AM PST by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: nwrep
Thre aren't that many Muslims in the US. The vast majority of the arabs here are Christian, and most of the US Muslims are blacks -- who wouldn't vote Republican, anyway.
7 posted on 12/30/2003 11:57:48 AM PST by expatpat
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To: ken5050
For every Muslim vote the dems try to get, Bush will pick up 5 Jewish voters, and lots of campaign cash...

One would think that were true, especially after the Soha Arafat kiss, but hey she's a NY Senator (thanks in large part to the Jewish vote)

8 posted on 12/30/2003 11:57:48 AM PST by BigLittle
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To: expatpat
Dean can have them. And he should advertise heavily that they are his supporters. Heck, he's doing a bang up job as it is irritating everybody. Why not this.
9 posted on 12/30/2003 12:00:33 PM PST by Thebaddog (Merry Barking Christmas!)
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To: nwrep
Mohammedans hate Bush because it was he who liberated 2 Mohammedan countries from tyrants.

For them, it's shameful to be "rescued" by Christian. They'd rather Afghanis and Iraqis live under the old brutality, just so they could save face.

Mohammedans live in an alternate universe.
10 posted on 12/30/2003 12:01:16 PM PST by Guillermo (It's tough being a Miami Dolphins fan)
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To: Maceman
Sounds like a great campaign slogan for Howie and the other Democrats.
11 posted on 12/30/2003 12:02:04 PM PST by AngieGOP
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To: nwrep
"disgruntled Muslims" is redundant. Seems like "disgruntled Muslims" are trying to destroy America which why I think they would favor Dean.
12 posted on 12/30/2003 12:04:10 PM PST by tbpiper
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To: nwrep
Additional evidence contradicting the notion that most "American" Muslims were appalled by the events of September 11th. This article suggests 98% or so think dialogue is the way to address the problem -- and we all know "dialogue - with terrorists" is really just doublespeak for "surrender."
13 posted on 12/30/2003 12:04:22 PM PST by hoyaloya
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To: Thebaddog
And he should advertise heavily that they are his supporters

If he doesn't, the Republicans should.

14 posted on 12/30/2003 12:09:17 PM PST by expatpat
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To: FreedomPoster
Miller didn't have to cross the aisle..he gave Bush his votes when needed. I think, after Jeffords jumped, Miller decided not to jump, because in his mind, unlike Jeffords, the consequences of that action would go beyond his state...and since the GOP took it back..it wasn't necessary...look, she doesn't even caucus with them..go to their lunches..what's important about the Jewish vote, is that, unlike the blacks, and the Arabs, who are centered mainly in a few congressional districts..the Jewish vote is spread throughout the country..thus, a few thousand votes swing could have a real impact..and of course, the money..not so much as Bush needs it, rather, it's denied to the dems..
15 posted on 12/30/2003 12:10:04 PM PST by ken5050
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To: nwrep
Seriously, what values do fundamentalist Muslims share with the Democrat platform? You think a right-wing Christian government is bad, liberals? Wait until you get a Muslim government. Your heads will be the first to roll.
17 posted on 12/30/2003 12:12:41 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: AngieGOP
Sounds like a great campaign slogan for Howie and the other Democrats.

I rather see it as a very effective campaign slogan for George W. Bush.

19 posted on 12/30/2003 12:30:59 PM PST by Maceman (Too nuanced for a bumper sticker)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
20 posted on 12/30/2003 12:40:20 PM PST by SJackson (The United States will convert poles of Jihadi flags into arrows to pierce the hearts of terrorists)
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To: nwrep
In PC speak, 'disgruntled Muslims' = terrorists and/or sympathizers. Howie's pandering to terrorists. Of course, since the Lackawanna 6, we've known that terrorists are registered Democrats.
21 posted on 12/30/2003 12:59:27 PM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: nwrep
Since Kerry is mentioned, this is as good a place as any to post a hilarious pic of him that's making the rounds:


22 posted on 12/30/2003 1:20:16 PM PST by beckett
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To: Thud
Rove is watching.
23 posted on 12/30/2003 1:28:42 PM PST by Dark Wing
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To: SJackson
"I think that this November we will see American Muslims coming to the polls in unsurpassed numbers," said MPAC executive director Salam al-Marayati.

Bring it on, you bunch of gruesome weasels.

As For Dean...

24 posted on 12/30/2003 1:33:48 PM PST by Nix 2 (http://www.warroom.com QUINN AND ROSE IN THE AM-104.7 FM in da Burgh-as of Jan. 1)
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To: ken5050
For a while, I did not know who do vote for, but now I know for sure that it will not be Dean or Kerry. Muslims are here to try to destroy us and take us over, and we have Dean and Kerry asking for their support. That says all.
25 posted on 12/30/2003 3:07:17 PM PST by tessalu
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To: nwrep

26 posted on 12/30/2003 4:41:11 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Kaddaffi: "I will do whatever the Americans want. I saw what happened in Iraq. I was scared!)
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To: nwrep
I might get my @$$ kicked, but now I'm tempted to get a T-shirt with a red-letter signage of:
"Vote for Islam, Vote Democrat"
27 posted on 12/30/2003 4:43:26 PM PST by VOA
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To: nwrep

28 posted on 12/30/2003 4:44:32 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Kaddaffi: "I will do whatever the Americans want. I saw what happened in Iraq. I was scared!)
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To: Grampa Dave
What Saddam was Wearing When Captured!


29 posted on 12/30/2003 4:47:29 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Kaddaffi: "I will do whatever the Americans want. I saw what happened in Iraq. I was scared!)
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To: ken5050
sad to say, but that will not happen, Jews are hard core Democrats and that will likely not change. Most Americans Jews are not religious and are mostly focused on domestic issues, they work in professions dominated by liberal thought (lawyers, media, education, finance).
30 posted on 12/30/2003 4:47:53 PM PST by oceanview
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31 posted on 12/30/2003 4:50:27 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Kaddaffi: "I will do whatever the Americans want. I saw what happened in Iraq. I was scared!)
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To: nwrep

Metro Sexual Howie thanks the $oddomite for the millions of $'s sent from the $oddomite to Dean'$ campaign from Canada.

32 posted on 12/30/2003 4:52:56 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Kaddaffi: "I will do whatever the Americans want. I saw what happened in Iraq. I was scared!)
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To: nwrep
"Democrats court vote of disgruntled Muslims"

Read: Democrats court vote of fifth column.

33 posted on 12/30/2003 4:54:45 PM PST by Print
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To: JackRyanCIA
Mean Dean the Dancing Machine


34 posted on 12/30/2003 4:59:43 PM PST by arasina (TAgLiNeS aRE diStRAcTinG sOMeTimES, aREn'T tHeY?)
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To: Sir Gawain
Islam requires the killing or the enslaving of infidels. That is the Muslim religion. They have no choice. Vote as they may, Islam (and Sharia law) will attempt to prevail. Be it by elections, by roadside bombs, by high-jacked airplanes, by suicide-bombers---Islam will try to prevail here in the US.

Other cultures and people have not tried to do this in the US, but Muslims will try to do it. And, they may succeed. Allahu Akbar! Be alert--many people have died for our freedoms. There is no reason to hand our land over to Islamic people and become their slaves.
35 posted on 12/30/2003 5:20:24 PM PST by jolie560
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To: nwrep
So what is it...the Americans (Republicans/ conservatives) against the America-haters?

If I were a Dem, having disgruntled Muslims as my back-up would make me nervous. 'Course they've probably been friends a long time.

36 posted on 12/30/2003 5:24:10 PM PST by madison10
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To: nwrep; 4Freedom; Sabertooth; FairOpinion; Jorge
"Muslims overwhelmingly favor Dean"

ok, that one fact just about totally overwhelms my few objections to some of what Dubya has done so far, and almost nullifies my concern over CFR, Amnesty, and the AWB.
37 posted on 12/30/2003 9:45:05 PM PST by King Prout (oh, finding your "core values" in the latest poll, are you, Mr. Dean?)
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To: King Prout
"Muslims overwhelmingly favor Dean"

ok, that one fact just about totally overwhelms my few objections to some of what Dubya has done so far, and almost nullifies my concern over CFR, Amnesty, and the AWB.

I'm glad to hear that.
I don't agree with everything Dubya's done...but NONE of it makes me want to vote for a kook like Howard Mean.

38 posted on 12/30/2003 10:10:02 PM PST by Jorge
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