Rabbi Dan Levin (FL): ‘We Need More Strong, Moderate Candidates’
Levin is a past president of the southeast region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and served as a member of the Reform Movement’s Think Tank, a group seeking to create a “visioning process” for the future of Reform Judaism. He has also served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
Do you think it’s possible for Democrats and Republicans to ever agree on the facts around the president’s actions?
Unfortunately, I believe that the pursuit of partisan advantage and tribal partisan loyalties have become more important to the American people than the overall pursuit of truth and good for the country. During the impeachment hearings, I was astounded to see the lengths that some Republican lawmakers would go to impugn the integrity of dedicated career military officers and civil servants who have devoted their lives to serve the best interests of our country. I also was deeply distressed to see how some lawmakers willingly parroted proven misinformation generated by Russian intelligence to advance a partisan agenda.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us on the topic of impeachment?
I am gravely concerned that we are not taking more seriously the damage being done to our democracy by the interference of foreign actors and belligerent foreign governments, especially Vladimir Putin and Russia. What amazes me is the willingness of so many lawmakers to turn away from the bedrock principles of American democracy for partisan advantage.
Which Democratic candidate(s) do you think will give Trump the greatest challenge for re-election?
I believe many people who voted for Donald Trump last time are looking for a good reason not to support him this time but are frightened by candidates that propose hard-left policies that are not fiscally responsible. I think moderate candidates like Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar will do better against the president. I also believe that newcomers to the race like Mike Bloomberg and Deval Patrick would be very strong candidates. I believe we need more strong, moderate candidates who can show they can work across the aisle and offer real-world solutions to move the country forward.