Dem platform leaves out 2008 stance on Jerusalem
September 4th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Dem platform leaves out 2008 stance on Jerusalem

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – The Democrats' official platform, released late Monday, omits a clause from the party's 2008 document proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a subject of intense diplomatic scrutiny that Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney has put at the center of his position on the Jewish state.

In 2008, Democrats wrote in their platform, "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."
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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Convention • Israel
Obama campaign: DNC is on, 'rain or shine'
September 4th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
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Obama campaign: DNC is on, 'rain or shine'

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Officials with the Democratic National Convention said Tuesday that they will have a contingency plan ready in case storms interrupt their plans to hold Thursday evening's convention activities outside.

But "we are rain or shine going forward," said a senior Obama campaign official who spoke Tuesday with CNN reporters covering the convention.
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Ashley Judd at DNC: 'Rape is rape'
September 4th, 2012
02:02 PM ET
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Ashley Judd at DNC: 'Rape is rape'

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Actress Ashley Judd, a Tennessee delegate at the Democratic National Convention this week, blasted Rep. Todd Akin's recent comments about rape and pregnancy.

"At any time, in any relationship, at any age, and in any place, rape is rape," the movie and television star said at the Ohio Delegation breakfast in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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5 ways faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention
September 4th, 2012
01:54 PM ET
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5 ways faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – You can't have a political convention in the Bible Belt, in Billy Graham's home state, and not expect religion to play a role.

Here are our predictions for how faith (and faithlessness) will intersect with this week's Democratic National Convention.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Convention • Religion
Priorities brings in largest haul to date
September 4th, 2012
01:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Priorities brings in largest haul to date

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - The independent super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's re-election bid said Tuesday that it raised $10 million last month.

The haul is the largest to date for Priorities USA Action, which was formed in the spring of 2011.
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Ryan walks back exaggerated marathon time
September 4th, 2012
01:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan walks back exaggerated marathon time

(CNN) – Exercise enthusiast Paul Ryan back pedaled Monday on his claim of a marathon time of under three hours, attributing the mistake to over two decades of time passed and a back injury.

Ryan said in an August radio interview with Hugh Hewitt that his best marathon time was under three hours, which would mean the fit Wisconsin congressman and Republican vice presidential candidate held under seven minute miles for the 26.2 miles race–an impressive feat for even the most avid runners.
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Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan
Mayor Castro to focus on Mexican American family experience in DNC speech
September 4th, 2012
01:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Mayor Castro to focus on Mexican American family experience in DNC speech

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Thirty-seven-year-old San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who's set to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention Tuesday night, said he will talk about the American Dream achieved by connecting different generations.

Castro, who was walking outside the convention hall with his brother and friends, said he'll talk about his grandmother coming from Mexico to build a life in the United States, and passing her fortitude down to her daughter, his mother.
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Obama team claims 'absolute confidence' in Clinton speech
September 4th, 2012
12:58 PM ET
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Obama team claims 'absolute confidence' in Clinton speech

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign said Tuesday they had no qualms about what former President Bill Clinton might say in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, despite not having seen his remarks a day before he's scheduled to deliver them in Charlotte.

"President Clinton has been in close contact with campaign, he's working on his remarks, and when he's done I'm sure we'll see them," Obama campaign press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One. "We have absolute confidence about what he's going to say. Who better to deliver a message to the American people about the choice between Obama and Romney-Ryan?"
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Sebelius hits Ryan over Medicare, marathon time
September 4th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
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Sebelius hits Ryan over Medicare, marathon time

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Kathleen Sebelius ripped into Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan on Tuesday, telling the Ohio delegation in town for the Democratic convention that the GOP-backed proposal would mark the death of the program.

"There is no question," the Health and Human Services secretary said. "It ends Medicare as we know it."
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Filed under: 2012 • Kathleen Sebelius • Paul Ryan
Florida Republicans hammer Crist for switch
September 4th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Florida Republicans hammer Crist for switch

(CNN) – Florida Republicans are taking to the airwaves to hammer their state's former GOP governor for his speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention, the Republican Party of Florida announced Tuesday.

The group's ad features old news clips of former Gov. Charlie Crist proclaiming his conservative credentials, including praising President George W. Bush and Sarah Palin, saying he was "about as conservative as you can get."
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