Democratic Platform: 2008 vs. now
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:44
- Date Sep 4, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Welcome back to the Democratic Convention just heard from Illinois governor Pat Quinn moving on on the schedule here in front of a packed house in Charlotte.
Had a bit of a fiery interview earlier in the show with Illinois.
Democratic senator Dick Durbin asked him about the democratic platform and two words.
That are missing were taken out from 20081.
Of them god we have the references in the platforms of asked a democratic platform up positions at 2008 there was one mention of god.
As I mentioned 2012 it's taken out 2004 there -- seven.
Another four and and the Republicans.
This year had twelve mentions.
-- that we were drawing conclusions and we were asking the question.
Now why was the change -- The American Atheists president to put out a statement moments ago saying this we are obviously happy that the Democrats are taking these positive steps.
We are looking for the inclusion of everyone we're hopeful that.
That inclusion will continue to the point that we can depend on mr.
Obama to repeal the faith based initiatives and reinforce the separation of church and state.
President of the American Atheists were about this back with a panel.
Your thoughts first on the -- competition.
Well I looked in my mind what's important here is an affirmation of importance to play some American family life and I think that comes through -- -- -- -- terrible after.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Right what we know that the whole argument I don't -- you know the basics the basis the basis of taking it out -- but I think it clearly the defense is kind of the culture wars argument I suggest to many.
Conservative Republicans and churchgoers among them.
The Democratic Party has lost touch.
-- -- -- The American people.
And put exposes them I think to that kind of our disease.
By the Democrats say that that god given part was talking about an economic section and they point to the faith section.
-- want to get the change was made and that's simply what I was asking about -- senator Durbin.
The changes made and you know the platforms are always.
Something that the other side -- -- parent teacher.
God is missing.
From here in any Republicans who care about that we'll probably not gonna vote for President Obama in the first place.
And it reminds me of the -- the Democrats made about the Republican platform which of course all that work a ban on abortion was no exception.
Thanks -- like the mother so.
You know Mitt Romney famously said or maybe it was right for you this this -- Party's platform not Mitt Romney's platform I think the platforms have a short life and that they -- hustled pretty quickly upstairs.
Steve on the issue of Israel.
Comments about that.
-- about that.
Well look I mean I -- tomorrow is as far below the platform don't always reflect exactly that helps the positions of the -- presidential candidates.
On the other hand these words disappeared -- -- I think there was there were discussions about them they were debates about them and they're no longer in the -- so.
There's -- reason that they want what I found so we're talking about your exchange with senator.
The team done to.
Feel the quality of voters -- that they were this the strongest legal guardian.
-- I think that they are playing defense on -- -- it's because of the policies and presents -- Official position of this administration originally was no different than.
This issue to be negotiate directly by the two parties the only reference that's another attempt by the Romney campaign our support for Israel.
Into a wedge issue to run a campaign jumped on this saying it's -- in indicative of their stance that's.
Gonna point out the running campaign jumped to put a stick out about this course.
Tradition which is that it's.
Final status issue to be negotiated by the parties they were taking it on par according to people that I spoke.
Familiar with the drafting of this.
There was consensus around the -- Injuries -- one issue.
Out of a political document they say yeah.
Also consulted with many Jewish groups including -- back and -- I was never arrived no one ever.
-- problem of this and it Romney did not talk about Syria or Afghanistan.
In his -- This president.
Throwing Israel under the bus he's trying to create a wedge issue and something that's always been nonpartisan well.
A lot of people say platforms don't matter they're still interest thing they're still work eat and we'll continue to go through on this final thoughts thank you panel.