Koch Backs Obama

When the newly announced McCain running mate is so Bush-like it actually scares someone who supported and worked for Bush in 2004, that’s saying something.  That that supporter is Ed Koch whom Joe Gandelman describes as being very media friendly and holding a lot of clout with the Jewish American community, that’s saying something very good for one of the presidential candidates, and no, it’s not John McCain.

Courtesy Ben Smith, here’s Koch’s endorsement:

I have concluded that the country is safer in the hands of Barack Obama, leader of the Democratic Party and protector of the philosophy of that party. Protecting and defending the U.S. means more than defending us from foreign attacks. It includes defending the public with respect to their civil rights, civil liberties and other needs, e.g., national health insurance, the right of abortion, the continuation of Social Security, gay rights, other rights of privacy, fair progressive taxation and a host of other needs and rights.

If the vice president were ever called on to lead the country, there is no question in my mind that the experience and demonstrated judgment of Joe Biden is superior to that of Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a plucky, exciting candidate, but when her record is examined, she fails miserably with respect to her views on the domestic issues that are so important to the people of the U.S., and to me. Frankly, it would scare me if she were to succeed John McCain in the presidency.

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