Durbin defensive over changes to Democratic Party platform
Senate majority whip on 'Special Report'
- Duration 6:54
- Date Sep 4, 2012
Senate majority whip on 'Special Report'
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You -- his reaction and perspective on his party's convention.
-- Dick Durbin is the senior Democrat from Illinois this senate majority whip making him one of the -- voices at this convention.
-- Durbin thank you very much let's start there at that peace -- you just saw.
Not god out of the platform.
Why do that -- well like most.
We tell if the narrative is being presented on your nation and clear channel and your network there's the Democrats got those people.
They ought to know.
God is not a franchise of the Republican Party I don't know those of us who believe in god and those of us who have dedicated their lives to helping others in the name of god.
Don't wanna take the second seat to anyone who's suggesting that he wanted out of the platform means that the Democrats across America -- -- and.
You know and that's I don't know I don't think that's would be several reporting.
What's in the god was mentioned once in 2004.
He was mentioned seven times in 2008 it was.
God was mentioned there were times so the question the question is why taken out in this sort of basically say it is a return address something to remember and the Democrats -- -- just.
-- -- -- tournament I'm just asking the question why was it worth taking you know I'm just telling you you're harping on the both parties.
Head really hard is it looks good on the agenda about creating jobs in America I don't do justice in this country we're gonna talk about that in -- second we're talking about it the platform here.
And there are -- changes that we just noted.
One that god was taken out from 2008 to 2012 and -- that Jerusalem is not -- You know I'm not trying to illusions of just asking why the changes were made reference to disappear -- -- of the platform.
Produced the most.
The document in the history of the let's send it.
-- have the work.
This -- and let's talk about.
In Tampa talk about the Republican platform and what was and what's not in there so what I'm asking about these two changes if you were.
Just ask -- why I'm not drawing conclusions.
Good conclusion to -- into the not as sensitive metadata first president to recommend.
I -- a good.
-- Israel and I know what's going.
For the good effort to try to just by Sheldon Adelson and money that he's spending.
Really standing -- as -- -- the Democrats and Republicans.
Committed to Israel's future and security that I want to understand no Republicans.
Took those words out of the democratic platform -- -- little point in your -- year.
Those two words coming -- -- Relationship Israel was doing I'm just asking the questions about why it was.
-- -- In the recession.
And but -- this afternoon -- Whether it's we -- -- with the limited site.
-- we're much better off today.
We were four years ago about New -- -- to do.
The first two years in the president's term he had Democrats in control of the senate.
And Democrats in control of the house spread out on the weapon as soon.
But I can tell you.
Ted Kennedy was well enough to come -- and vote and make the sixtieth vote to break.
Those incessant Republican filibusters and Bob Byrd hit a wheelchair.
Early making updated its argument that we controlled the senate -- Nobel.
OK but you get a -- to much over the past three years relative to the good.
Passed by more than -- through specifics about the future.
You were on the Simpson who.
-- do you think the president sure the world will get specific in this convention.
About how to deal with the big ticket items like we talked about that sixteen trillion dollars.
And how the deal.
Keep in mind that when George W.
Bush became president we have a surplus.
President Clinton and produce a surplus in the national debt is five trillion dollars.
That's cuts in the midst of 204 wars when we increase the pedicure which drug program.
So at the end of the -- be -- -- he.
He had doubled the Dutch also and that any of that history.
-- -- -- -- The president's.
-- -- My -- passed the Simpson Bowles commission that whole run.
And in the house Republicans voted for -- they voted against it they stood for the good deficit plus players who can reopen the but the big problem.
Poland and the candidate for vice president voted against the bipartisan effort Jerrold what would you understand that that is -- is that the president would have taken.
The good things as he saw the men and drove them.
The finish -- -- But because if if Barack Obama had embraced -- -- sensible solutions that this is now.
You know exactly -- Even speak in this convention introduction.
It's a good looking.
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