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This is special report they deeply divided Democratic Convention has just passed a stunning reversal.
Re -- hotly disputed platform language that omitted references to god and to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
But it was far from unanimous.
The Democrats needed a two thirds voice vote to pass the amendment.
Putting 2008 language about god and Jerusalem back into the democratic platform.
And here's what happened just moments ago.
All those delegates in favor say -- All those delegates opposed.
And the opinion of it.
Let me do that again.
All of those delegates.
-- -- -- -- All those delegates opposed say no.
I'll do that one more time.
Those delegates in favor say hi.
Those delegates opposed they now.
In the opinion that shared two thirds of voted in the affirmative the motion is -- not dead.
Another left arm has been amended -- shown on the screen.
He could've asked for roll call vote at that point they didn't the chair decided that was two thirds.
There were some boos as you heard there here in the hall about that decision now last night here on special report I asked senate majority whip Dick Durbin.
About the removal of god and Jerusalem from the platform this year.
-- accuse me on this network of having an agenda by evening even asking about the omissions.
A non consecutive.
Weather -- the first president to -- -- -- -- -- And I know what's going.
For the development could try to just.
Money that -- spending.
Really spending a -- -- -- the Democrats and Republicans.
Committed to Israel's future and security -- -- one of our -- -- Republicans.
Took those awards out of the democratic platforms on this -- -- little point in -- -- -- and those two words coming out then we are.
Relationship is really -- I'm just asking the questions about why it was.
We asked -- Durbin to come back on tonight -- to provide us a statement to read on air.
His staff told us quote he's not going to be available we will bring you a statement if one comes during this show.
Let's break that down exactly what happened senior national correspondent John Roberts is on the convention floor.
Where it all went down a short time ago good evening John.
Good evening to you break it out you were talking about this potentially -- -- dual roll call votes are congressional producer Jim -- Was on the floor when all this is going on he said they were just about to start up the computers.
And then Antonio Villaraigosa said that this is except that on a two thirds vote.
This -- otherwise I guess you could say the truest sense of the word and unforced error on the part of the Democrats this language had been in their platform back in 2008 it's up to that President Obama believes in personally in fact the affirmed that.
To the APEC conference when he was a candidate back in 2008.
This is something that's in the Republican platform it's something that Mitt Romney had said.
On his recent July visit to Israel so wide that those words what that language and stick it out really is sort of inexplicable like talked to a number of democratic officials about it today they said that they wanted the platform.
Focused really on president Obama's unswerving commitment to Israel's security but as to why they took out Jerusalem as the capital.
None of that could say to me but it's back in again tonight.
Another controversy that erupted at exactly the same time was when the -- -- about god was taken out.
Of the 2008.
Convention platform -- talked about people being able to through the help of government reach their god given potential.
That was changed to people should be able to go as far as their own talent drive to take them.
And I talked to some people about that today who were active faith -- talked to a local pastor who said that they thought that it should be in there.
They they don't doubt that the Democratic Party is a party of faith and values -- is divided we take the word got out.
No -- quite good.
Explain he did to them or to make but there's a way that the Obama campaign has come at this saying it's a faux controversy trumped up by Republicans fret that it should be said.
The Republicans were not involved in the writing of the platform that's.
John Roberts down on the floor John thank you now.
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