Charlotte, North Carolina(CNN) – In a rare display of just how quickly a tightly scripted national political convention can unwind, Democrats on Wednesday struggled to complete a voice vote amending their party platform to include language referring to Jerusalem and God.
It took three attempts from Democratic National Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa before the platform was amended, and a loud chorus of delegates yelling "no" met each attempt to pass the changes by voice vote.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 5, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: DEMOCRATS TO UPDATE PLATFORM WITH JERUSALEM REFERENCE… Democrats will update their party's platform Wednesday evening at their convention to include a reference to Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, which was not included in their platform this year but was in previous platforms, Democratic sources told CNN. The vote is expected to take place by acclamation shortly after the convention is gaveled in to order at 5 p.m. ET, the sources said. – Jessica Yellin
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN': Obama-Bill Clinton relationship unthinkable four years ago: Over the past few months, Bill Clinton has provided the Obama campaign with some accidental aggravations, displaying an unsettling tendency to drift off-message and derail narratives. He's used language that seemed to put some daylight between his and Obama's positions on tax cuts while the spotlight was on the president's policy, and he praised Mitt Romney's business record while it served as a central line of attack. Yet Obama aides say they're not concerned. – Rebecca Sinderbrand
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a CNN interview Wednesday he'll provide greater assistance to President Barack Obama's re-election bid by assuming a fund-raising role with the super PAC Priorities USA than he would as a co-chairman of Obama's campaign, a position he has relinquished.
Emanuel will assist the Democratic group raise money ahead of November's general election, and attempt to close the gap between Priorities, which brought in $10 million in August, and Republican-aligned groups, which have brought in much higher totals. Emanuel's interview will appear on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 6 p.m. ET.
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(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.
President Barack Obama himself intervened regarding the Jerusalem language, a senior Democratic source told CNN, adding, that he thought the original draft was "a strong statement and he didn't want there to be any confusion about his unshakeable commitment to the security of state israel. The issue of the day is Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah."
Woodstock, Vermont (CNN) - Mitt Romney offered a quick burst of public face-time Wednesday when he briefly surfaced from three days of intensive debate prep with advisers at a secluded Vermont home.
The former Massachusetts governor gave a smattering of television interviews and spoke briefly with reporters in his press corps during a three-hour excursion outside the private estate where he is staying.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton's convention speech Wednesday night may be rooted in the former president's own re-election bid from 1996, a time when Clinton pushed similar narratives as President Barack Obama's current campaign slogan to move the country "forward."
"There are some thematic echoes between the two presidents," a senior campaign official said while speaking with CNN reporters covering the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department has approved a law that calls for New Hampshire voters to provide photo identification when they go to the polls.
Approval of the law, which requires the use of government-issued photos, was announced in a letter from T. Christian Herren Jr., head of the Voting Section in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, sent to attorneys for the state Tuesday.
Adel, Iowa (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan suggested Bill Clinton was a better president than Barack Obama at a rally in Iowa Wednesday, the same day the former president is to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
The Republican vice presidential nominee continued to make the case Wednesday that Americans are not better off than they were four years ago or when Clinton held office prior to the economic recession.
(CNN) - They are seen as their husbands' top surrogates, and the day after first lady Michelle Obama made the case for her husband at the Democratic National Convention, Ann Romney traveled to the battleground of Ohio Wednesday to make the case for the Republican challenger.
Her husband, Mitt Romney, is attuned to women's struggles, especially their economic struggles, and, Ann Romney said, "I know that Mitt will be there for you."