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Published on: September 9, 2008 02:28 PM
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New York, NY - Saying that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin “scares the hell out of me,” former New York Mayor Ed Koch endorsed fellow Democrat Barack Obama today.

In 2004, Koch backed President Bush for re-election saying the Republican incumbent was better equipped to combat international Islamic terrorism than Democratic candidate John Kerry.

Koch, who was mayor of New York from 1977 to 1989, said he has concluded that the country would be safer in the hands of Obama and running mate Joe Biden than presidential candidate John McCain and Palin.


“Protecting and defending the U.S. means more than defending us from foreign attacks,” Koch said, citing such concerns as civil liberties, abortion rights, gay rights and access to health insurance.

Koch said he is particularly troubled by Palin’s record in those areas. “It’s Palin primarily,” he said. “She scares the hell out of me.”

Koch called Palin a “plucky, exciting candidate” but also said: “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.”

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 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Saying that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin “scares the hell out of me,” former New York Mayor Ed Koch endorsed fellow Democrat Barack Obama today



 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:35 PM Kremzel Says:

Well Koch scared the hell out of the decent hardworking New yorkers.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Is he still relevant?!?


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:43 PM Baltimorean Says:

The scares me too especially that she could have her finger on the trigger of atomic weapons.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:42 PM koch lefel Says:

Did you read his comment?
It's the 'GAY IN DER ERD' issue that this menuval is scared about.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:41 PM Conservative One Says:

Since when does what that egomaniac say mean anything. Go McCain - Palin.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:41 PM voter Says:

Who cares what Koch says.
He is not responseble on what he says its not even worth to bring his name on this site.

Koch is a huge looser in politics..


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:41 PM mikey Says:

Good a left wing democrat hack like Koch should be scared of someone who believes in the constitution.

Besides he always looked like Frank Perdue - the chicken man and he acted like a chicken - never taking a stand to cut NY budget - under his stewardship NYs economy declined and tax rates increased.

Cluck cluck cluck


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Ed Koch: Uver u'buttel.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

palin is eveil. she is worse for america than cheney
there is no good answer in this election except to pray


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:02 PM S Says:

Sara Palin has my vote! I am more scared of a guy like Obama then Sara with a rifle.
From a Working Mom


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:05 PM annon Says:

It's AMAZING what PALIN has done to this Republican campaign. What a dull candidate Mcain was before PALIN was introduced to America.

She has energized and excited soooo many people out there and put this whole campain back on the map.

She has poise, confidence, energy and charisma that few people have. And above all she is SINCERE and for REAL.

I dont even give John Mcain all the credit for picking her as his running mate because i believe that he made the move more out of desperation than by knowing how talented she is. I'm sure he knew that she's talented but i dont think he knew to what extent.

Boy has he hit a GRAND SLAM by choosing her.

"mer mazel vi sechel" as they say.

Either way they're getting my vote!!!!


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:57 PM mccain palin 08 Says:

funny how he's still cowardly calling palin an exciting force among voters but will endorce a lesser exp. candidate who scares the living day lights out of me g-d forbid if obama becomes president this country will go belly up.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:56 PM koch kochka Says:

uhh uhhh uhh uhh I Think uhh uhh uhh that uhhh THAT WE uhh uhh SHOULD VOTE uhh uhh FOR uhh uhh HUSAIN.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:50 PM Anonymous Says:

This man is getting OLD!!!


 Sep 09, 2008 at 02:49 PM murray Says:

Was he EVER relevant? Does he even have a column in THE JEWISH PRESS anymore?


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:09 PM Lock & Load Says:

Ed Koch, I like you as a person I think you have a very good sence of humor and loved listening to your radio show

But you are a has been and a Quack and that why your scared from Palin......

Lock & Load


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:14 PM Nechamah Says:

Although I am planning to vote for McCain, I am wary about Palin as well. When you compare apples to apples (presidential candidate to presidential candidate) McCain is by far the better choice on so many levels, beyond any words. And for most of our history, except for the present evil puppeteer,vice presidents haven't had much of a real job other than going to funerals of foreign dignitaries and the like.
Also, just because a candidate has an opinon or value, does not mean it will ever translate into action, especially because of safeguards in the constitution.
However,there are some major concerns about Palin and her religious convictions, especially supporting religious leaders who want to totally xtainize this country, who approve of or support 'Jews' for yushke, and her opinion against abortion for any reason (which would present a terrible situation for a Jewish woman halachically mandated to abort for health reasons). I am hoping that our safeguards will prevent any of this from dictating policy or even attitude. But if chas vchalila something happens to McCain, she would be the one appointing Supreme Court members. That could indeed be scary!


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:25 PM Avi Weiss Says:

I respect Ed Koch for being a mayor years ago. However by making these kind of comments, i think he is already senile. I hope the jewish people who live in Florida do not pay any attention to him. The democrats might just parade him around in the Sunshine state.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Koch is a smart man. 4 years ago you all sang his praises for saying the right thing and going for bush.
now he speaks the truth about machsheyfa palin, and you think he has gone looney?
selective belifs people, you beleive what you want.
but koch is a smart man.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:22 PM Hesh Says:

Why even quote this over-the-hill wind bag!


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Remember, first and foremost is the President. We must elect the better of the two; McCain. People should not assume that Palin will become President, just like all 72 year olds don't give away all their assets because they plan on dying. McCain could be President in good health for 8 years too.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:40 PM Yitzchok G Says:



 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Why is everyone worried that the VICE PRESIDENT is inexperienced. She only becomes President if something happens to McCain. Obama on the other hand, is running to be PRESIDENT and he is equally inexperienced, and has worse policy ideas to boot!!!!!!!


 Sep 09, 2008 at 03:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Koch is Gay. Therefore he is opposed to Palin. Simple as that.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 04:36 PM Anonymous Says:

I'll go with Rudy on Palin (aside from the fact that he was a much better mayor than Koch).


 Sep 09, 2008 at 04:22 PM Allan Says:

His saying that... as #1 poster said locks up my McCain vote. Some mayor he was....his years were filled with every crooked polictian you could think of and all he asked all the time was "HOW AM I DOING"...well Ed you were popular because our people liked you but you did a lousy job of keeping your own house clean!!!


 Sep 09, 2008 at 04:14 PM Lock & Load Says:

Not only Ed Koch is Scared...
The Whole Democrat Party is....
They can`t handle a Smart Tough Woman....
Lock & Load


 Sep 09, 2008 at 04:22 PM yatzmach Says:

mer mazal vi scechel

i think in this case it was a little sechel on mccains part to gain that mazel


 Sep 09, 2008 at 04:13 PM anonymous Says:

Im just curious what hes scared about....


 Sep 09, 2008 at 04:51 PM yid Says:

Ed Koch is not a happy man.........maybe a little
gay......but not a happy man...............


 Sep 09, 2008 at 05:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Koch is right! and has always been a very smart man.
he was RIGHT ON THE MONEY IN 2004 by endorsing bush over kerry and he is right on the money now. Palin is more rightening than dick cheney!!!


 Sep 09, 2008 at 05:28 PM avi Says:

Who listens to Koch anyway - he's an elderly senile man


 Sep 09, 2008 at 05:39 PM Anonymous Says:


The city was so scary under Koch that I could barely go out at night.

"Mayor Koch is not a happy man. Mayor Koch is a gay man." (attributed to R' Meir Kahane HY"D)


 Sep 09, 2008 at 05:48 PM murray Says:

Koch is a doddering old man, kind of reminds one of a less sickening version of Jimmy Carter.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 06:04 PM Rabbi Says:

maybee can sara palin restore some normalty and moral values to the high office


 Sep 09, 2008 at 06:25 PM Yonason Says:

After reading all this Archie Bunker shtus I wonder why some people think we Jews are an intelligent people.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 06:22 PM Teddybear Says:

Tell that Koch zol zich zichen a Kochke in ooplozen our next VP Sara Palin
Also tell that alter ohsgevepter that he could be paanyeBrat with Senator Barack Opollo Obama , Both going nowhere


 Sep 09, 2008 at 06:39 PM Skeptical Says:

Mayor Koch saved your City and turned a fiscal crisis into a fiscal model - I know, as I was there, working in the thick of NYC budget issues. He made it a comfortable place to work for frum Yidden, treated his employees wonderfully and was always a mensch . . . he deserves better than what ignorant people are saying here.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 06:50 PM izzy Says:

ed Koch Scare me. But Obama scares me more


 Sep 09, 2008 at 06:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Murry, how can koch be jimmy carter of just 4 years ago he endorsed and campaigned for bush????


 Sep 09, 2008 at 06:54 PM Anonymous Says:

If Mccain would ever go down, wouldn't Palin have to select a VP of her own? Whats to stop her from getting one with extensive foreign policy experience?
Furthermore, won't she have a National Security Adviser to advise her also?


 Sep 09, 2008 at 07:32 PM murray Says:

Koch has apparently gone downhill fast. I remember reading his column in The Jewish Press Not that long ago, nothing like the nonsence he is now spouting. For that matter Jimmy Carter was a good "ex-president", excellent work with "Habitat for Humanity". He should have stuck with that. ( his actual presidency was an unmitigated disaster)


 Sep 09, 2008 at 07:11 PM Yonason Says:

Anonymous 6:54 - No, if the VP assumes the Presidency a "new VP" is neither appointed nor elected, until the next Presidential election. If you are old enough, think back to when Nixon resigned and Ford became President in 1974


 Sep 09, 2008 at 08:04 PM getzel Says:

uhhh uhhhh WHO uhhh CARES uhhh What he says anyways?!?


 Sep 09, 2008 at 08:18 PM Anonymous Says:

for had no vp for less than 5 months


 Sep 09, 2008 at 08:28 PM Yonason Says:

UHH UHH - Wasn't funny the first time Getzel


 Sep 09, 2008 at 08:31 PM Yonason Says:

The US had no VP from July 1974 - January of 1977 . . . 2 years 6 months.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 09:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Ford's VP was Nelson Rockefeller. The constitution states that the country must have a VP.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 10:34 PM modern american historian Says:


congressman ford was appointed by president nixon to be vice president when spirew agnew resigned as vice president
then he became president when nixon resigned

he was the only person ever to be president and vice president without ever being elected or win an national election.

when he took over for nixon in august he did not have a vp from august-december thats less than 5 months.

ford became president August 9th 1974 and Nelson Rockefeller became his vice preasident on December 19th 1974.

it took a long time for ford to choose his vp and ironically rckefellers top competitor for the nomination/selection was none other than george h.w. bush.


 Sep 09, 2008 at 11:01 PM ex frummie Says:

its so typical of this crowd to just bash someones statements rather then arguing intelligently -isnt intelligence supposed to be our strong point??? apparently not for the heimish crowd........it would be scary if you people were in charge of anything-as it stands its downright embarrassing-i wish vin news would censor redundant pointless comments like the majority of these


 Sep 09, 2008 at 11:19 PM Anonymous Says:

lock and load. every Jew a 22. go palin! hussain obama is a communist moslim.

You know what scares the hell out of me? If obama wins, we won't be able to keep our guns.


 Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM Bubby Says:

If you disagree with someone, that doesn't mean you have to disagree with everything he ever did. It also doesn't mean you have to call him names and offer totally ignorant arguments to what he says. "A bisel saychel, Yidden" The comments on this article are so unintelligent, they're downright embarassing. I plan to vote for McCain, but that doesn't mean that Koch, who was, and still is ,more intelligent than most of the posters here, has become senile, if he disagrees with you. In fact, judging from most of your ignorant comments, Koch's disagreeing with you probably proves his intelligence!


 Sep 10, 2008 at 03:24 AM Anonymous Says:

ED KOCH - Did David Dinkins whom you endorsed and helped get elected to New York Mayor under whose administration American Jews suffered the first pogrom in America scare you at all former Mayor Ed Koch? When anti-Semitism blared from WBAI,and Black run radio stations galvanizing Blacks to riot against Jews in Crown Heights scare you too?

Did jumping on the bandwagon endorsing Islamic arch-terrorist Yassar Arafat as "parner for peace" with then Israeli PM Yitzrak Rabin and Shimon Peres following the Soviet/Islamic axis strategy to mount a war against Israel under the guise of peace scare you? Does Israel giving up pieces of our Biblical homeland to Islamic terrorists launched under the "Oslo Peace Accords" not scare you? Did the ratcheted up Islamic States terrorist attacks against Israel, the blowing up buses campaigns and of teenagers at partys, Shoah survivors and their grandchildren in baby carriages at Pesach Sedars in Israel not scare you former Mayber Koch?

Islamic terrorist launching world wide propaganda campaigns, slandering and libeling the Jewisht State and legitimizing Islamic terrorism as policy not scare you former Mayor Ed Koch?

Whats not good for Jews is not good for anybody.

Doesn't sound like this is very clear to former Mayer Ed Koch endorsing Hussein Obama for the presidency.

We do not vote along party lines, Mayor Koch. We vote for what is good for America, what is good for the Jews and who will best secure America, Israel and the free world from enemies.

Barack Hussein Obama, whose major credentials include "community activist" as is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, Carson and Mohammad (American Black convert to Islam) with Saudi financiers back up militating against Jews and Jewish interests should not have the Jewish vote. America entrusts its president to keep us safe. Barack Hussein Obama's questionable credential, given associates and crypto-Islamic faith, foreign affiliations and financial supporters is not the candidate to be entrusted with all our safekeeping in a dangerous world.

An Obama presidency of America would duplicate the experience of American Jews under New York City Mayor David Dinkins on a national scale.


 Sep 10, 2008 at 12:52 AM McCain - Pailin in 08!! Says:

Kochka should go fly the coop!


 Sep 10, 2008 at 08:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Ed Koch should stick to what he knows best -- writing his column in some local weekly rag reviewing movies and Chinese restaurants -- and leave national politics, where he has not been a real player fior some decades, alone.

He is just a bitter and jealous old man because history has passed him by -- he wanted to beat Fiorello LaGuardia's longevity record and be mayor for life, but instead was defeated by a fool like Dinkins and is now just a washed up has-been -- he couldn't even hold onto his TV gig as the "judge" on "The People's Court," having been replaced by some woman who actually had been a real judge (which Koch never was).

It galls Ed that most sane New Yorkers now believe that Rudy Giuliani was the best mayor of our lifetime in terms of protecting the public safety, cutting taxes and making the great Big Apple a decent place to live -- not the always obnoxiously self-promoting Mr. "How Am I Doin'?


 Sep 10, 2008 at 09:31 AM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

all of these pro-obama and antipalin comments lead to me to reconfirm my belief: most anonymous comments are by the same individual (or two - three maximum). this individual is either a mishiggener, an agitator and/or has an iq of 12. get a hobby.


 Sep 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM Avraham Abba Says:

Uh uh, uh uh uh I uh dis uh gree uh with uh that, uh former uh mayor. Don't feel bad Ed; Obama can make fun with his "lipstick" remark. I can make fun with my "uh" remark.
Ed, get your scared-to-death priorities together.
Obama is your man because he is pro uh uh and he is anti uh uh various uh things.


 Sep 10, 2008 at 06:19 PM Milhouse Says:

It's so funny, the few commenters who are trying to scare us by saying that Palin is 'worse than Cheney'. Cheney is the best VP in a long time, and I wish he'd been president for the past 8 years; he wouldn't have made Bush's mistakes, letting the Democrats write his education and medicare policies. And he wouldn't have sent Bremer to waste a year messing things up in Iraq - he'd have listened to the neocons and set up a new Iraqi government right away. If Palin can be half as good as Cheney, we'll be OK.


 Sep 11, 2008 at 03:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Modern American Historian,

Rockefeller was chosen immediately. The constitution states that there must be a VP at all times.


 Sep 12, 2008 at 12:10 AM Milhouse Says:

Anon 3:17, no, it doesn't. How could it? How is a VP who became president supposed to pick someone, and get them confirmed by Congress, in a split second?

Ford became president in August '74, and Rockefeller didn't become VP until December. For more than four months there was no VP.

What's more, Rockefeller was the first VP to fill a vacancy; before that vacancies in the VP's office were not filled until the next election. The last time a VP became president before 1974 was in 1963, when JFK was killed and LBJ took over; in that case there was no VP from Nov 1963 until Jan 1965. When William Henry Harrison died about a month into his presidency, John Tyler became president, and there was no VP for almost four years!


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