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ABSTRACTDivision over platform at DNC - Reid J. Epstein - POLITICO.com Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to sidebar POLITICO Mobile POLITICO Jobs RSS Expand Search by Author Any Reporter Allen, Jonathan Allen, Mike Berman, Dan Birnbaum, Gregg Boliek, Brooks Brannen, Kate Bravender, Robin Bresnahan, John Budoff Brown, Carrie Buford, Talia Burns, Alexander Byers, Alex Byers, Dylan Catanese, David Cheney, Kyle Chiriboga, Elena Cirilli, Kevin Coller, Andie Corba, Jacqueline Dixon, Darius Dovere, Edward-Isaac Epstein, Jennifer Epstein, Reid J. Everett, Burgess Ewing, Philip French, Lauren Frerking, Beth Friess, Steve Gaskell, Stephanie Gavin, Patrick Gerstein, Josh Gibson, Ginger Glass, Andrew Goode, Darren Gordon, Craig Grieve, Tim GuillĂ©n, Alex Haberkorn, Jennifer Haberman, Maggie Harris, John F. Heitz, Dianna Hillman, G. Robert Hohmann, James Isenstadt, Alex Kady II, Martin Kamen, Jess Kearney, Ryan Kenen, Joanne Kim, Seung Min King, Bob Krigman, Eliza Lee, MJ Levinthal, Dave Lovley, Erika Mahtesian, Charles Mak, Tim Mann, Aleesa Martin, Jonathan Martinson, Erica McCalmont, Lucy McDevitt, Caitlin McGann, Laura Meyers, Jessica Millman, Jason Mowder, Adam Murgai, Puja Nather, David Nelson, Eric Nichols, Bill Nocera, Kate Norman, Brett Palmer, Anna Petersen, Olivia Quinn, Michelle Raju, Manu Rauf, David Saleh Reis, Patrick Restuccia, Andrew Robillard, Kevin Rogers, David Romano, Lois Romm, Tony Rosche, Jedd Samuelsohn, Darren Schultheis, Emily Sherman, Jake Simon, Roger Slack, Donovan Sloan, Steven Smith, Kathryn Smolkin, Rachel Snider, Adam Summers, Juana Tau, Byron Thrush, Glenn Trowbridge, Alexander Van Dongen, Rachel VandeHei, Jim Vogel, Kenneth P. Warmbrodt, Zachary Wasserman, Elizabeth Weinger, Mackenzie White, Ben Wolfe, Kathryn A. Wong, Scott Wright, Austin Zapler, Mike Date Search POLITICO 2012 2012 Live Home Polling Center Swing-State Map Candidate Tracker Today's Calendar Election Results Conventions 44 Congress Blogs Burns & Haberman Charlie Mahtesian Dylan Byers CLICK On Congress Josh Gerstein Joe Scarborough Arena Opinion Policy Money Health Care Energy & Environment Defense Technology Transportation & Infrastructure Video RNC Video DNC Video Photos Events POLITICO Pro Navigate: POLITICO Division over platform at DNC Division over platform at DNC 136 Email Print By REID J. EPSTEIN | 9/5/12 8:52 PM EDT CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two platform planks sparked division at the Democratic National Convention here Wednesday. Things got so bad that President Barack Obama was forced to personally intervene , ordering language mentioning God and naming Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel be added. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset While the campaign at first said Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, it later said he did not learn of the issue until Wednesday morning, when he became aware of seeing news coverage of the issue. Once that happened, the president directed his staff to change the language to include a reference to God and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because, the campaign source said, the amended version is “consistent with the president’s own positions.” ( Also on POLITICO: Atheists bummed by Dems' God flip ) And even then, it had to be forced through a convention hall full of delegates who nearly shouted down the change. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the convention’s chairman, kicked off Wednesday’s proceedings by trying to clean up a mess Democrats made by omitting from their official party platform mentions of God and of Jerusalem as the preferred capital of Israel. ( Also on POLITICO: DNC chair denies "discord" over vote ) Villaraigosa called for a voice vote on an amendment offered by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who chaired the platform drafting committee. Facing boos and nays, he tried again, before announcing that in his judgment, a two-thirds majority had approved the measure. He was booed again as he walked off the stage. A senior White House said Wednesday that the platform dispute was an unfortunate stumble during this week’s convention. Republicans mocked each subsequent mention of God from the podium as antithetical to the Democratic Party’s platform. GOP rival Mitt Romney released a statement blasting Democrats for leaving Jerusalem out of the platform. 1 2 » 136 Email Print Back to top Author: Reid J. Epstein ( repstein@politico.com | @reidepstein ) Read more about: Barack Obama , Israel , Democrats , Jerusalem , Religion , 2012 Elections , Democratic National Convention 2012 , Democratic Party Platform Also on POLITICO Stories The not-so-great communicator How Bill Clinton does it Verdict: Obama levels more personal attacks PHOTOS: DNC 2012 Speeches Readers' Comments (136) Show the first 20 comments Witnessing FAILURE Party: Conservative Reply #1 Sep. 5, 2012 - 9:01 PM EST THE AMATEUR. What in the hell is OBozo doing?? No wonder this country is in such a.......