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Amid boos, Democrats vote to restore God, Jerusalem to party platform

Democratic party leaders last night weren’t anxious to answer questions about why the words “God” and “Jerusalem” had been removed completely from the party platform. This afternoon, however, Democrats restored the language via voice vote — amid loud boos from convention delegates — after former Ohio governor Ted Strickland introduced two amendments to restore both.

Strickland just moved on the floor to add Jerusalem as Israel capital to DNC party platform.

— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) September 5, 2012

Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa asked for three rounds of voting, and some in attendance noted the the voice vote, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, sounded about even.

Voice vote on Jerusalem plank is unclear — sounds about even — but Villaraigosa declares the amendment passed, to boos.

— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) September 5, 2012

When delegates asked to voice vote on Jerusalem change – sounded like nearly as many "no" as "yes" – Question was asked FOUR TIMES

— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) September 5, 2012

Widespread boos for Jerusalem and God in the convention hall

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) September 5, 2012

How do you mess up God and Jerusalem politics in 2012? As well organized as the convo was MESSAGE wise yesterday, that was a BAD fumble

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) September 5, 2012

LOL, Dems in covention hall booing God and Jerusalem. Yeah, this is the party of middle America, all right.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) September 5, 2012

An embarrassing amount of opposition in the Democrat Party for enshrining "God" and "Jerusalem" in the party platform #PartyValues #DNC2012

— Ryan Williams (@RyanGOP) September 5, 2012

Democrats just booed God and Jerusalem being re-added to the platform. And you want me to vote Democrat because…?

— Savannah the Bossy (@thesavvy) September 5, 2012

Reinstatement of Jerusalem language in Dem platform puts DNC in opposition to official/Obama administration policy.

— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) September 5, 2012

Wait, did they boo God, or just Jerusalem? Probably a good idea they're going inside tomorrow

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) September 5, 2012

How do you get Jerusalem back in your platform? You strong-arm it. http://t.co/lbMqFmMk

— One Who Remembers (@lheal) September 5, 2012

Wow. Is this real? Vote to amend #DNC platform re:Jerusalem FAILS 3 times, they go ahead and pass it anyway http://t.co/hzfIRcZQ

— Jamal Abdi (@jabdi) September 5, 2012

Uh, pretty clear there was *not* 2/3 voting at DNC to put God & Jerusalem back in platform. Libs, how does it feel to get hosed AGAIN!?

— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) September 5, 2012

"It seemed pretty clear to me that the 'No's' had it." – CNN's Dana Bash

— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) September 5, 2012

WOW! Video of delegates at the #DNC2012 CLEARLY voting against reinsertion of God and Jerusalem to the platform. http://t.co/GDXrJ0Bb #tcot

— RB (@RBPundit) September 5, 2012

Video is already available on YouTube, so you can judge for yourself the chair’s opinion that two-thirds voted to restore the language.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/05/amid-boos-democrats-vote-to-restore-god-jerusalem-to-party-platform-video-added/

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