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September 5th, 2012
05:39 PM ET

Democrats update platform with Jerusalem, God reference

By Jessica Yellin, CNN Chief White House Correspondent

Washington (CNN) – Democrats voted to update their party's platform Wednesday evening at their convention to include a reference to Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, as well as the insertion of the word "God," neither of which was included in their platform this year but was in previous platforms.

The change, proposed by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland immediately after the convention was gaveled into order on Wednesday, required a two-thirds voice vote, but was declared as adopted after three voice votes which brought delegates to their feet, shouting their yeas and nays. Democratic sources told CNN prior to the vote that it was to take place by acclamation.

"I am here to attest and affirm that our faith and belief in God is central to the American story and informs the values we've expressed in our party's platform,"Strickland, who chaired the party's platform committee, read. "In addition, President Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and our party's platform should as well. "

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Israel • Jerusalem • Politics

soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Iqbal Khan

    We Are at War
    Exploiting 9/11 for the Benefit of a Few.

    By Johnny Barber

    Who benefits from the War on Terror and who benefits when America threatens war?
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32415.htm

    September 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  2. :> :> :> :>

    B'H

    NEWS RELEASE: JERUSLAEM, ISRAEL
    18:16
    ReportedNews Brief
    9/3/2012, Elul 16, 5772

    MKs to Discuss 'Deterioration' of Relations With US

    MKs will meet next week to discuss Israel's current relationship with the United States. The special session will be held next Wednesday, and was called by Kadima MKs, to discuss “the drastic deterioration of relations between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack H. Obama

    THANK YOU FOR KEEPING MY NAME IN YOUR PLATORM.

    B"H

    PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.

    JONATHAN POLLARD HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME IN PRISON.

    IT IS TIME THAT HE IS PARDONED.

    WILL THE PRESIDENT PARDON JONTATHAN POLLARD ON

    THE PLATFORM OF HUMANITARIANISM

    WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE TO LET
    JONATHAN POLLARD GO BACK TO ISRAEL
    WITH HIS WIFE ESTER AND LIVE THEIR LIVES IN
    ISRAEL ONCE IF POSSIBLE THE PRESIDENT
    AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE TO THIS.
    LET MY PEOPLE GO. PLEASE PARDON JONATHAN POLLARD
    MR. PRESIDENT.

    THE SPEECH THAT WAS MADE IN CAIRO
    THAT THE CURRENT PRESIDENT
    HUSSEIN OBAMA MADE IN EGYPT.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=360]

    DOES THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

    DOES HE AND THE REST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

    WANT THE TORAH?

    DO THEY WANT THE ISRAELITES, THE LEVIHIM AND THE KOHANIM AND DOES THE WORLD AND WILL YOU PLEASE
    ASK MR. ROMNEY, AND HIS CONVENTION THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.

    WE THE ISRAELITES, THE LEVIHIM AND THE KOHANIM
    WE WANT TO GET PERMISSION FROM THE WORLD TO
    BUILD THE 3RD TEMPLE.

    WE WANT TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION TO THE WORLD
    THROUGH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    THE TEMPLE INSITUTE IN JERSUSALEM WILL HELP THE
    MINISTRY OF EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES WITH
    PERMISSION.

    MR. ROMNEY THE FOLLOWING QUESTION IS DIRECTED TO YOU.

    DO YOU MOURN THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND TEMPLE AND WILL YOU ALLOW THE ISRAELITES, THE LEVIHIM AND THE KOHANIM TO SERVE HASHEM IN THE LAND

    B"H

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

    PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.
    JONATHAN POLLARD HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME IN PRISON.
    IT IS TIME THAT HE IS PARDONED

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOLE GO

    Rabbi Chaim Richman answers President Obama's Cairo speech

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=360]

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.

    MAZEL TOV.

    MR. ROMNEY, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON
    AND PRESIDENT OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=360]

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/07/29/sot-romney-blitzer-irsael.cnn

    NEWS RELEASE: JERUSLAEM, ISRAEL
    18:16
    ReportedNews Brief
    9/3/2012, Elul 16, 5772

    MKs to Discuss 'Deterioration' of Relations With US

    MKs will meet next week to discuss Israel's current relationship with the United States. The special session will be held next Wednesday, and was called by Kadima MKs, to discuss “the drastic deterioration of relations between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack H. Obama

    @Wolf Blitzer
    http://www.cnn.com

    September 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  3. tuvia

    B"H

    B"H
    JERUSALEM: ISRAEL

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=360]

    September 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  4. rodney jones

    Your hero Pollard would have sold Israel's secrets if he had had access to them. Selling classified information to any taker was his business plan. Ask his first wife Ann.

    September 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  5. rodney jones

    Pollard's first attempts to sell classified information were to Israel's enemies. He regarded his access to US classified information as a way to make $$$ to support his and his wife Ann's lifestyle and he offered Pakistan, Israel's friend, and S. Africa first crack...until an Israeli intel officer took the bait. Pollard would have sold Israel's secrets if he had had access to them.

    September 8, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  6. tuvia

    NEWS: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

    ------------
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=360]

    September 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  7. Achmed The Dead Terrorist

    SILENT I KILL YOU

    September 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Mbele Simba Mambasi

      You are unable to do anything. You are dead. Kama wewe ni maiti, huwezi kufanya kitu chochote

      September 7, 2012 at 8:00 am |
  8. bret

    i just watched the part of the convention where they voted to put god back into the platform. it breaks my heart that there are Americans who were voted n office in order to lead his country and they want god out of the convention and the country. i am now successfully voting republican.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Mbele Simba Mambasi

      In order to successfully vote, one has to ensure to insert the ballot in the box. Mtu, wewe ni kweli wajinga

      September 7, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  9. tuvia

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________-__

    -
    MEDIA RELEASE
    JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=360]

    September 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  10. tuvia

    ****

    -
    MEDIA RELEASE
    JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=360]

    September 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    September 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • Mbele Simba Mambasi

      Mungu ina kushoto wewe wajinga

      September 7, 2012 at 7:57 am |
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