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Bachmann meets with Jewish leaders in New York

Michele Bachmann met with ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders in New York Tuesday, the same day that a New York newspaper noted that some Jewish political donors seem to think that the congresswoman is herself Jewish.

She’s an evangelical Christian.

The Star Tribune notes this morning that a blog covering the Orthodox Jewish community in New York reported that Bachmann we privately with Orthodox Jewish leaders:

Bachmann spent about an hour discussing issues ranging from same-sex marriage to security for the Jewish state. She reminded the group she worked on a kibbutz in Israel 40 years ago.

Added the blog:

She portrayed herself as “a person of faith,” [said Rabbi David Zwiebel, executive vice president of the Orthodox Jewish organization Agudath Israel], but he added that “cuts both ways” for Jewish voters because of his community’s strong belief in the need for religion and government to be separate.

The timing of yesterday’s session had nothing to do with Bachmann’s comments on the earthquake and hurricane that hit the East Coast in the last week, Zwiebel said.

During events in Florida, Bachmann suggested God was issuing a wake-up call for the federal government to curtail spending. Following some controversy, Bachmann’s campaign said the remarks were made in “jest.”

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