Ryan hits ‘tragic’ Democratic platform changes
September 5th, 2012
08:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Ryan hits ‘tragic’ Democratic platform changes

(CNN) – Changes between the 2008 version of the Democratic Party platform and the document offered this week are both “peculiar” and “tragic,” Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, said on Wednesday.

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.

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Ryan called that omission “tragic” Wednesday, saying it was one of the few areas of agreement four years ago between Democrats and Republicans.

“Our two party platforms were emphatic about Jerusalem being the capital,” Ryan said on Fox News.

“We had bipartisan agreement in our two party platforms on this very important issue for our strong ally Israel,” the Wisconsin lawmaker continued. “Now that the Obama administration has removed it from the Democratic Party platform, it undermines our nation's support for our ally, Israel.”

A spokesman for the DNC said Tuesday the official party platform was fully in line with governing policies used by presidents for the past four decades, and reflected President Barack Obama’s own stance on the capital of Israel.

"As the White House said several months ago, the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians – which we also said in the 2008 platform,” the spokesman said. “We will continue to work with the parties to resolve this issue as part of a two state solution that secures the future of Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland of the Jewish people."

American policy has long been intentionally vague on the status of Jerusalem. A U.S. law passed in 1995 designates Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and stipulates the American embassy should move to the city from Tel Aviv. The past three presidents, however, have signed waivers suspending the law, citing security and diplomatic concerns.

Democrats also omitted the word “God” from all parts of their platform, a decision Ryan called “peculiar” on Wednesday.

“It's not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision,” Ryan said. “But I guess you have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform. There sure is a lot of mention of government. I guess I would put the onus of the burden on them to answer why they did all the purges of God.”

In 2008, Democrats wrote, "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."

The paragraph extolling the value of hard work in 2012 reads, "We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth-the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us."

Democrats did include a section in their 2012 platform specifically devoted to faith, writing faith "has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history."

"There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country," the document reads.


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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. lolo

    GOP Is desperate. How about that diversity in the Democratice party. We care about everyone, not just the priveledged few. @ Dominican Mama for Obama I agree with you.

    September 5, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. TiredOfPaying

    Our Nation is facing such large economic problems and all the Republicans can talk about is God, Gays and banning abortions? Oh, and reducing the tax burden on those poor 1%'rs. That'll fix the economy! Yeah, right....

    September 5, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Ryan fell into Obama's trap.....again. As he rants against "no God" "no Israel" in the DNC platform, it only brings back the scrutiny of the GOP platform of "no abortion ever""guns for everyone""deregulate so the polluters can do what they want""tax breaks for their millionaire buddies...etc"

    September 5, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Yonni

    I am sure Israel Americans are highly educated and well informed people they know you are pandering and lying (based on the fact that you run marathon under 3 hrs and several other lies you told you have no credibility to tell the truth) Lyin please save your breath

    September 5, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Our two party platforms were emphatic about Jerusalem being the capital,” Ryan said on Fox News.
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    Ryan is as sad as Romney. They both will be sad when November 6th is over.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2013-2016

    September 5, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    Lying Ryan and Mitt the Twit call themselves Christians, yet everything they have done is completely polar to evangelical beliefs. It is such as shame that this has become standard operating procedure for the Grand Obstructionist Party. What is a bigger shame is that so many red state lemmings are buying into it as gospel.
    Please people, do some FACT checking! The R&R team will do and SAY anything to get elected, and the gullibles soak it up. Check out and verify their lies. Don't take what you hear from foreign-owned Faux Noise Entertainment as gospel. Heck, even THEY CALLED HIM OUT over his factually FALSE assertions about Obama during his RNC speech.

    September 5, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Jon

    No to God! I am an independant voter who was undecided until NOW!!! Only Socialist forms of government omit God! The Democrates problem is that they are trying to bring in to many differing groups of people into there party. Too much pandering to too many different special interest groups!!!

    September 5, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Jerry

    Can I get a fact checker here! Ryan just said something again. Need a factcheck. Guy is a liar. The codeword for ooops. you caught me lying again in republican party is "I misspoke earlier".

    September 5, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    Lyin Ryan has no cred. anymore!

    September 5, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Wes B.

    Hey Ryan, butt out of Israel. Or better yet, get out of here and go move there.

    September 5, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Lyla M

    Anyone who believes this proven liar at this point is just pure stupid! No excuses.

    September 5, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Kenny K

    Ryan mother call their state's representative to hook him with a government job. I don't think his school grade point average (GPA) is good enough for him to go and look for job on his own just like regular people.

    September 5, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Bean

    They just confirmed what we all know and Democrats at least running for office won't admit and that is a they have a complete hatred of Israel. I am not an Evangelical as the President claims to be but supporting Israel to them is paramount. Obama is just all smoke and mirrors. He never says what he actually means unless its an "accident" and over time his views he said were radical are becoming his standards.

    September 5, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. MishMash

    I think it is extremely sad and bad for us by removing the word "God" from the platform. It is God who gave us this great country and now we want to remove him from our lives and from blessing us.

    I'm no philosophy major, but in understanding God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, we are in big trouble. Basic Chrisianity says we RESPECT our makder. Further, biblically speaking, God makes it clear that we are to keep Him first and foremost. When comparing US to other countries, other countries who do not have God in the forefront are those nations that are poverty stricken and in pain. US has always been blessed because God was the very center of our Consititution, Remember "God Bless America". We used to say Pledge of Allegiance. We are in trouble and then what... we will curse God?? When we are the ones that removed him... This is bad... I feel sorry for us as a nation...

    September 5, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. RobK

    The best the liberals have is that Ryan misspoke about his marathon time from 20+ years ago? How pathetic! It speaks to their whole movement, which has no ideas beyond that the federal government should control all aspects of our lives.

    September 5, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. carlos

    just keep looking at those demonic eyes and you will never hear the truth coming out of this guy's mouth. NEVER...and his business experience is what? yeah, he drove a hot dog truck....UGH, PHEW...

    September 5, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Stuart

    I have several friends who have told me for years they think Obama is a closet Muslim and I am starting to believe them.

    September 5, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Credibility

    Jon,
    Your "socialist" rhetoric is sadly more indicative of partisan bias.

    Being our brothers' keeper is a moral foundation that even the Catholic Church admonished Rep. Ryan as too immoral in his budgets against the poor and middle class.

    For leaders, actions speak louder than words. Obama/Biden 2012

    September 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. LegalizeReason

    Tragic? If this is the best that the GOP has to offer on this, they better get their resumes ready for November 7th. And Mr. Ryan, better get a thesaurus. There are more that two months left for your histrionics.

    Romney/Ryan? How about Captain Zero and the Untrustworthy Kid.

    September 5, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Rich

    Dear Lord,

    We are honoring you by completely eliminating all references to you from our platform.

    All the best,
    The Democratic Party

    September 5, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Is there one solution for the economy they offer that does NOT involve a tax cut for people who are well off as their first priority? Since the middle class are the prople that have been paying for these tax cuts over the last 3 decades ( and have seen their incomes become stagant), and live with tremendous uncertainty, why add to that uncertainty by electing a ticket that only offers stagant income, increases in health insurance, and far less assistance for college tuition( oh, those elitist ba$tards that woant to go to college)? Romney/Ryan will throw us under the bus to help those who really don't need it.

    September 5, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Someone here mentioned that Democraps are pandering too much to special interest groups.I guess this is a reference to Latinos, Blacks, women, Gays, military personnel. These folks are Americans at the beginning and end of their day. So I would like to point out that evidently Democraps are pandering to AMERICANS, and that's alright by me.
    Obama 2012. Seriously me fellow Americans.

    September 5, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -RobK

    The best the liberals have is that Ryan misspoke about his marathon time from 20+ years ago? How pathetic! It speaks to their whole movement, which has no ideas beyond that the federal government should control all aspects of our lives.
    *****************
    No, you keep giving us more material every hour. BTW, how do you feel about a woman having to carry the child of the man who assaults her?

    September 5, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. myviewis

    Jerry

    Can I get a fact checker here! Ryan just said something again. Need a factcheck. Guy is a liar. The codeword for ooops. you caught me lying again in republican party is "I misspoke earlier
    --------------------–

    I just went to FactCheck and it says that Mayor Castro said there have been 4.5 million jobs under Obama but in fact we only regained 4 million jobs of the 4.3 million jobs that were lost since Obama took office.

    Ryan's Pell grants figure is $5,550 and it won't be lowered.

    Romney left Massachusets at 28th in job creation, it was 50 in job creation when Romney became Governor of Massachusets.

    Medicare Plan under Romney is not $6400, that is a figure from 2011 Ryan presented to President Obama when in the Congressional Budget office meeting, it did not involve Romney.

    Romney renegotiated the bank loan and the bank had folded and was being represented by the FDIC, Bain did not get a bailout and no taxpayer monies were involved.

    Does that answer your question??????

    September 5, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Joe M.

    A small little article on the periphery of the politics page for such a large platform change, especially considering the state of Middle East relations. I expect nothing less from CNN.

    September 5, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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