During Saturdays meeting both Perry and Cruz will have an opportunity to address potential donors and if they are successful that they may just increase their appeals to prominent Jewish donors across the nation.
Other Republican with presidential will also be attending the event, including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham, former NY Governor George Pataki.
Despite their great effort they are at the bottom of the most polls, and Cruz’s presidential campaign is also not working in the recent polls.
There are more than 800 people who have already contributed at least minimum $1,000 required to attend the conference.
The speech of Candidates comprise only part of the Republican Jewish Coalition three day confab, and thus giving them plenty of time to strongly present their points.
The majority of the Republican donors are deeply split. While some groups have expresses interest in Bush, Rubio, Cruz and Walker.
Ron Bloom, California GOP donor said, “I’ll commit to four of five of them financially because I love them all — and we’ll see who comes out on top.”
Mark McNulty, Republican Jewish Coalition spokesman, said that the donors will not only look at the intention of candidates to stop nuclear Iran, but also how their intent on winning the general election. Republicans are coming after two consecutive losses, so it’s essential that the candidate donors decide on backing can make a strong argument against Secretary Clinton.
Nick Muzin, Cruz’s senior adviser said, its precisely the case Cruz hopes to make, he insists that among all the candidates he is by far strongest ally of Israel. In their quest to find “somebody who has the best shot at defeating Hillary and also who’s going to be a strong advocate for Israel,” Cruz is the RJC’s best bet.
Lee Zeldin, the only Republican serving in the 114th Congress, believes that progress must be done in the future so that Jewish representatives increase in number. Numbers don’t lie and when it comes to Jewish support, Republicans area at a disadvantage. Jewish population sways disproportionately Democratic.
In 2008, 78 percent of Jewish population voted democratic nominee, in 2012 the enthusiast decreased to only 69 percent. Zeldin believes that it will continue as more and more Jews are now starting to vote Republicans.