Democrats change Party platform to include God, Jerusalem
John Roberts reports from Charlotte
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- Date Sep 6, 2012
John Roberts reports from Charlotte
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-- first taking heat for leaving the word god or any reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Alex of the -- party platform it had been in there.
Last time around but when the convention chairman held a vote on -- and asked the delegates to put the language back -- and it only seems to make matters worse very uncomfortable moments what unfolded then can only be described as the very awkward watch.
The matter requires -- two thirds vote in the affirmative.
All those delegates in favor say -- All those delegates opposed.
In the opinion of the let me do that again.
All of those delegates.
In favor say I.
All those delegates opposed say no.
What they're getting.
I'll do that one more time.
All those delegates in favor say -- Love those delegates opposed say no.
In the opinion of the chair two thirds of voted in the affirmative the motion is -- not -- And don't -- farm has been amended has shown on the screen.
So some are wondering how many readers you get in the yen after three tries -- chairman says it was approved even though the delegates seemed to disagree.
Now right before all this happen governor Mitt Romney.
Was asked about the democrats' approach to Israel here's how he answered that.
On the president ran in 2008.
He said that and Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.
That was his posture at that point that's also been the posture in the democratic platform.
The president and his party -- -- change their their position they now say that.
They're not certain what -- capitalism and Israel might be I find that one more example of Israel being thrown under the bus by the president.
John Roberts is live here in Charlotte on this story so what Henry reports about how all of this went down yesterday John.
There were still trying to figure that out Martha but I think it probably safe to say that Antonio Villaraigosa.
In between yesterday and this morning -- got some lessons on how to hold a voice vote.
You bang the gavel Lafayette after the BIs in the in the days and you say adopted.
Regardless of what the vote was but they were knocked off message for an entire day yesterday and I said this yesterday and I think it's still holds today.
This really was I think the classic definition of an unforced -- now they're trying to put the train back on the track today the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Has signed off on the language to say yes we now believe this is a very strong pro Israel platform but you've got to wonder why it happened in the first place because President Obama as a candidate back in 2008 address feedback saying it was his personal belief that Jerusalem was and -- -- will be the capital of Israel.
So -- -- brilliant idea was to take another platform still a bit of a mystery today.
But nobody is saying who it might have been.
Watch this exchange between myself and DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz last evening after that -- Why was it dropped in the -- and I understand that.
Clarification order rewrite the record why was that language drop in the first look at Pennsylvania like I -- it was a technical correction.
When they realize that that that that needed clarification and President Obama.
Don't realize that his personal view about crystalline being Israel's capital and always remaining events capital wasn't in the platform he made sure that we -- They're pretty re edit -- everything history.
I'm pretty unprecedented step of amending our platform and an element and -- You know is the same thing with the word god being taken out of the platform nobody could explain why that happened but David wasserman Schultz.
Insisted to me last night that indeed was a two thirds vote in the affirmative Martha.
Yeah well you know listen to what happened and that grand time -- the lackluster vote on us.
Yet what that wears a lot of opposition particularly from the Michigan delegation a lot of Arab Americans in that delegation who felt they were railroaded.
They wanted to be heard they were beginning to warm up the computers in some of the delegations on the floor hit that had to come to a floor fight.
It would have been an absolute disaster listen to what -- -- and -- he is a I delegate from Washington State told us last night.
I don't think it was done correctly I think he does it need to be -- It was obvious that -- and they hadn't gone and I think account should have been now.
She demeaning you know they can but it's very hard to do -- in the setting I understand it.
Again if there -- have been some sort of -- -- -- but that could have been disaster what that we can clarify today there was a report yesterday.
The President Obama had signed up in the language that took Jerusalem out.
Apparently according to Obama for America's campaign that is just flat out wrong Martha.
I John thank you very much or have more on that coming up and right now.