Ryan hits ‘tragic’ Democratic platform changes
September 5th, 2012
08:34 AM ET
8 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. Ta111

    Dems should be ashamed of themselves for this. A Godless party and anti-Israel as well. Yes folks, that's your modern dem party.

    September 5, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Chris

    I think it is time for people to realize that the US Government was founded on SECULAR principles and lends forward an inherit freedom to not only worship in your own way, but to protect others from having to follow a particular religion – in short this is NOT a Christian nation, rather a secular nation which has been hijacked by religious zealots who have no idea what the founding fathers truly had in mind.

    September 5, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. myviewis

    Democrats are finally putting their true ideas, beliefs on the table which are: No God, anti-small businesses, anti-private sector jobs, anti-Jerusalem as capital of Israel, anti-money, anti-stand on your own two feet. Pro-choice, pro-government jobs, pro-government hand-outs, pro-take from the rich to pay for middle class, pro-spread the wealth evenly, pro-government pay for everything, pro-government run our lives.

    September 5, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Clint

    I don't believe one word out of lying Ryan's mouth.

    September 5, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. pntherpaw86

    Grasping at straws much, Ryan? You complain about a party platform that omits something about Israel that most people already agree with, while your party's platform contains hatred toward gays and language that would force a r a p e d woman to carry her r a p i s t's child and ban all forms of hormonal birth control. I ask you which is more "tragic"

    September 5, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Lahdee Dah

    Where is the word "God" found in the Constitution?

    September 5, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Does this IDIOT know the meaning of Tragic? Tragic is WAR that drained my nation, that oozed millions in blood, millions of dollars that went to china on TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT. What a nasty pathetic ANIMAL is this Paul Ryan. Just remove these idiots from next ballot boxes. A proud American, voting Obama12.

    September 5, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    American we less care about these

    September 5, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. JD

    What the democrats did include is a mayor, who's state has had a rebublican governor since 1994, with 8 of those years one becoming president, and give ZERO credit to those individuals The mayor spoke of education, the primary focus of Govenor, then President Bush and his wife, and no acknowledgement.

    Not to mention how proud he was of the economy in San Antonio. Maybe a little credit to Govenor Perry? Of course not.

    The credit goes to, of course, president Obama. Who clearly had the least to do with San Antonio And Mayor Castro calls Romney out of touch.

    September 5, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Democrats keep serving up some off-topic meat for the Republicans to quake, prattle, and mull over. I find it so typically Repubilcan for Romney/Ryan to make a fuss over the Democratic platform after party chairman Priebus told the press that the Republican platform is not what Romney/Ryan are about, suggesting that we should pretty much ignore it as unimportant.

    September 5, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Jack

    I['m sorry. Using "God" in a politcal platform smells of theocracy. It is not my place to tell anyone what religion they should believe in. In their ignorance the Republicans don't understand taht writing the word God is offensive to Orthodox Jews and other believers. It is not the Republicans or Democrats place to tell me what to believe in. I will do anything necessary to ensure your right to your belief but I will not have your belief thrust on others. My religion is my personal matter. Usually the people who need to be so vocal about their religious belief are the ones most insecure about their beliefs. Those of us who have strong beliefs don't need to shout it out to the world.

    September 5, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. beevee

    This pathetic liar Ryan may say anything against Obama.The truth is that Obama has been a good president and deserves a second term to continue to get us out of the turmoils left by the previous republican president

    September 5, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. stew

    Why does Ryan invoke God, it isn't like he has attended confessionals in some time yet he still lies and is unfaithful, Ryan are you running for President? The reason I asked that is because I find it odd you are the mouth piece for this election and not Romney who received the Republican nomination.

    September 5, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Hey, lying altar boy I guess you don't remember separation of church and state? Not everyone's god is the same.
    You better be saying your rosary every single day ans going to xommunion for your dailynsins because your god (used to be my church until i woke up in fhe 20th century) because your god is probably really ticked off at you and your blatant lies.
    Talking about any god and religion is easy. Following the teachings of said god is what is really hard. You, altar marathon lying boy have yet to learn a thing or two about humility and character.

    September 5, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So the Democratic Party Platform has not pandered to the Christian Right or to the Israel Lobby, and this is tragic? What is tragic is the Republican party trying to force their limited fundamentalist beliefs down the throats of the rest of the country. As many "fundies" are firm believers that we are approaching the "end of days" they hope to encourage a conflict between Israel and their neighbors in the hope that it will spur Armageddon and the Second Coming.

    September 5, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  16. asm_ith

    Interesting how much significance Ryan associates with the Democratic platform, yet he has no problem rationalizing the fact that Romney disagrees with the Republican platform on numerous issues. Let's start with Romney's support for an abortion exception for rape, incest, and the life of the mother, which is totally against the Republican platform. So either platforms mean something for everyone, or they are irrelevant for everyone.

    September 5, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. majicmahon

    ryan said he was inspired by Ayn Rand. She said, "common sense should never be based on religion or gov't policies". So which is it Mr Lyin?

    September 5, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. Catherine

    Maybe it's me, but why would ANY American political party have any business 'proclaiming' any foreign city a capital of a foreign country. That is a discussion best left to that country. I understand it is a contentious issue in Israel, but we have contentious issues here as well and I would be thinking what business is it of theirs if their politicians started proclaiming what our laws would be.

    September 5, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Joan in MS

    This man is a pathological liar! Raiding Medicare, welfare to work, GM plant closing in Wisconsin, 3 hour marathon man ... No one believes anything he says!!

    September 5, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Roger

    I'll tell you what's tragic – this man and his antiquated ideas rehashing programs and policies that have failed time and time again. For a man so young, his vision is archaic.

    September 5, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Pete

    Ryan always trying to divert from facts,they're delushional in their ideas thinking the more the wealthy prosper the more the middle class as well.This Reaganistic approach is so outdated,so wrong that all economists say to stay away from it,so Romney,Ryan and their ignorent republican minions once again test these waters another way,playing untruths on an ingnorent ,hungry nation.Ignorent about the real facts that all Romney,Ryan want to do is strip Americas middle class,poor for the likes of the Koch brothers and the like.Hungry middleclass,poor are grasping for anything that will make their life brighter,more meaningful and will work with the devil to do it.And the devil is Romney,Ryan,two wealthy snake oil salesmen telling untruths like always,only to a bigger audience,the voters of this great country who mostly are politically illiterate,ignorent but are thirsty for betterment,they want results that can help them now,republicans can give them those empty promises,they've done it before and they'll do it again for sure,look at their convention,just a hate fest,nothing more.We'll find out November 6th if people believe the snake oil salesmens pitch or will work with the true peoples choice Pres.Obama,the only way forward!!

    September 5, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  22. SirBo

    “Our two party platforms were emphatic about Jerusalem being the capital,”
    I'm sure the people of Israel can handle that issue without our help, Thank-you. Pandering to the Jewish vote here is so clear, it's transparent.

    September 5, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  23. yonlyfacts

    Enough you idiot. The majority of us aren't falling for your crap. And someday I hope we can ommit your invisible magic ghost, who hides somewhere in the clouds from all government issues.

    September 5, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Anonymous

    This is all the GOP has .... they seem to think they hold the KEYS TO HEAVEN....they preach religion and spout their faith like they are the only ones who believe in GOD....the GOP needs to put their words of faith into action instead of just preaching to everyone....actions speak louder than words.....as for Isreal.....they are our ally and we stand beside them but they are the ones that need to work out their differences with the Palistinians.....but the republicans think we need to be inside everyones country dictating how and what they should do......they also want to be inside our bedrooms telling women what they can and can not do with their bodies.......they think they have all the answers .....but when you think like that you better have the right answers or you just come off as TALKING HEADS

    September 5, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. FedUp

    Obama is the leader of the Democratic party. What is so peculiar about omitting God and Israel from the party platform? We know what background he comes from.

    September 5, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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