On Obama's orders, Dems quickly rewrite party platform

The platform had omitted mention of God and support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel after President Barack Obama ordered the changes.

The embarrassing reversal was compounded by uncertainty on the convention floor.

Three times Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman, called for a voice vote on the changes and each time the yes and no votes seemed to balance each other out. On the third attempt, Villaraigosa ruled the amendments were approved -- triggering boos from many.

The episode exposed tensions within the party

"There was no discussion. We didn't even see it coming. We were blindsided by it," said Noor Ul-Hasan, a Muslim delegate from Salt Lake City, who questioned whether there was enough of a quorum to amend the platform.

"The majority spoke last night," said Angela Urrea, a delegate from Roy, Utah. "We shouldn't be declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."


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