Democrats Put God, Jerusalem Back in Platform
Democratic officials reinserted language into their official platform Wednesday evening that invokes God and affirms Jerusalem as the capital of Israel -- though some delegates who objected to the changes were infuriated, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new amendments were introduced by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and put to a vote by convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, who was forced to call for three voice votes in an effort to pass the changes. "I, uh, I guess I'll do that one more time," Villaraigosa said after the second vote resulted in equally loud "ayes" and "nos." After a third attempt, Villaraigosa declared the amendments had passed. "In the opinion of the chair, two-thirds have voted in the affirmative," he said, drawing boos and objections from delegates. A line in the Democratic platform from four years ago, "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential," was originally omitted from the 2012 document but reinserted Wednesday night. The added passage regarding Jerusalem, which had been in the 2008 document, said the city "is and will remain the capital of Israel."