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Jim Moran

Al Gore got an endorsement for a second presidential bid in 2008 – from a Virginia congressman who blamed the Iraq war on American Jews.

Questioned about the contest, Democratic Rep. Jim Moran said: “I’d like to see him get into the race.”

“He won the popular vote in 2000, and I think he’s even stronger and more committed,” Moran said yesterday on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. “But you know, he’s got his own life and it’s his decision to make.”

A spokesman for Gore had no immediate reaction to Moran’s comments.

Moran is not known as one of the most thoughtful members of Congress. He last made news in May when he blasted President Bush as someone who surrounds himself with yes men, labeling Vice President Dick Cheney “the biggest a– kisser of all.”

In an interview with the Raw Story website, Democrat Jim Moran of Virginia said, “The only actual news that [Bush] reads is the sports section. All the national news, all the opinions that he gets have been filtered, and it goes to his daily briefing that has already been pre-screened to give him what he wants to read. He doesn’t read any books, and he doesn’t talk with people that don’t already agree with him. He’s surrounded himself with ideological sycophants. And the biggest a– kisser of all is Dick Cheney.”

But his biggest faux pas came in 2003, when Moran, then a regional whip in the House of Representatives, was punished by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi after he suggested Jews were responsible for the push for war against Iraq.

At a question-and-answer session with anti-war activists, Moran said, “If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq we would not be doing this. … The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going and I think they should.”

Pelosi said Moran’s comments on the rationale for war “were not only inappropriate, they were offensive and have no place in the Democratic Party.”

Moran has also been criticized for taking money from Middle East sources with ties to terrorism – known as “the Wahhabi Lobby.”

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