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How to run for President: whatever the ‘people of Israel decide is in their interest’

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Pretty amazing interview with Indiana congressman Mike Pence (posted by Matt Duss). This guy wants to run for president in ’12 (the reason he decided not to run against Bayh this year — even though polls showed him ahead):

I think President George W. Bush got it right. The United States certainly wants to be honest, but we don’t want to be a broker. A broker doesn’t take sides. A broker negotiates between parties of equals… America’s on the side of Israel. And to send any other message than our unwavering support, that we will stand with what the sovereign government and the people of Israel decide is in their interest, I think represents a departure from where the heart of the American people are at.

Weiss adds: Note how similar Pence’s language is to someone on the other side of the aisle, Democratic power broker Ann Lewis. She was speaking to a Democratic Jewish audience in ’08 (reported by Dana Milbank of WPost) when it was suggested that a president might choose to reflect liberal political opinion in Israel; "Lewis retorted: ‘The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties.’" 

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