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. godsaveusfromgop

    From the guy who can't even follow one of God's top commandments "THOU SHALT NOT LIE" not to mention who's own church condems his war on the poor, sick, young & old (the Ryan virsion budget) The repub platform was filled with nothing but hate.

    September 5, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. enuff

    Ok CNN ... all of last week during the republican convention, you had nothing but fluff pieces and praise without any rebuttals from democrats. This week, during the democratic convention, you keep throwing in the negative comments of the republicans, or stories on Obamacare, or Crossroads... Stop being a tabloid and report fairly.

    September 5, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Dave

    Lyin Ryan must have had a bad nights sleep to go that desperate.

    Hey Ryan, this is America, stupid. Ther Israelis have enough to do without meaningless dialogue. They know that Obama is with them as has been stated many times in the past.

    Go lie about another Marathon, wontcha.

    September 5, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Laverne

    The republicans are running out of time and see the ass whupping they are about to receive in Nov. so they have to once again talk about anything they can to try and divide. First of all Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel and Israel is well aware of what president has done more to keep them safe than any other president in modern history and that president is Barack Obama!

    September 5, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need it to commit suicide.

    September 5, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Tom

    LOL: Republicans, sticking their noses in everyone else's business 2012 (like viginas and how other countries handle their capital city). I think this is a good thing, we need to let other countries do things their way and not dump millions into helping them.

    September 5, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    “Our two party platforms were emphatic about Jerusalem being the capital,” Ryan
    Really Ryan? I couldn't care less what you're emphatic about.
    There are more pressing issues that ARE part of the Democratic platform, and more importantly , issues that are closer to home for ALL Americans that YOUR Party OBLITERATED or completely left off their platform.
    So sit down. Shut up. Don't move.

    September 5, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Jules

    Really, the GOP is worried about the Dems not having God in their platform. Better in their hearts than a word on a piece of paper. Give me a platform without the word God in it that is for equality, fairness and caring for one another, than the GOP platform that moves this country ever more to the extreme and has a VP candidate that is a devotee of athiest Ayn Rand so much so that he had his entire staff read her works. The GOP better to find something to carp about because in first day head to head competition – they're toast.

    September 5, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    God is carried in the heart, not preaching from some political platform for political gain.

    That is called blasphemy.

    September 5, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Anonymous

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

    But yet Paul Lyan says GOD in his speech and in the next breath – he LIES!!!

    September 5, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Proudindependent

    I used to be very impressed with Paul Ryan, he always seemed above the fray and honest. He as sold himself to the political self serving devil....his lying and deliberate misrepresentations are ridiculous. There are plenty of TRUE differences between parties and no need for him take the low road Ryan has chosen. He carries no honor nor honesty and is worthy of his new name==Lying Ryan! I am very disappointed. I hope Ryan's new quest to gain a prominent position in the White House at any cost fails.
    He has no business uttering the word "GOD", faith, or Christianity when he has embraced dishonesty and ego.

    September 5, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. keith

    This man talks about God, but he lies all the time WOW!!!!!!!
    The Republician Party is a cult. He lied about his budget bill, American people wake -up Did you know that Mitt economic adviser is Glen Hubbard the same adviser that advised Bush and the tax cuts for the one percent. Wake-up American. Ask Mitt would he buy a company that only released 1 year of tax returns.

    September 5, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Mikey

    If he thinks the Dem platform is tragic, I must assume he did not read the GOP platform.

    September 5, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. g

    i don,t think god is happy with the greedy old party[gop]

    September 5, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. charles

    So do anyone cares about what lying Ryan and the cayman Island robot Romneyhood say again?

    September 5, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Jerubbaal

    Show your faith by your works. Empty words without action has no profit.

    September 5, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    Amusing, Lyin' Ryan invoking God.

    He proves that whole "thou shall not lie" command is just empty words and not something he strives to live his life by on a daily basis.

    September 5, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Our two party platforms were emphatic about Jerusalem being the capital,” Ryan said on Fox News.
    There goes Lyin Ryan again, trying to make big government so big that it now dictates to other countries what their capital is.
    For a devout Catholic, this little boy sure lies quite a bit about everything. He's just feeling down since Mrs. Obama's speech was infinitely better and genuine than Mrs. You People's.

    September 5, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. @GuileOfTheGods

    Um, someone please answer me, cause I'm confused... but why is it President Obama's job to declare a capital for another country? Isn't that their job? Obama has more important things to worry about. Too bad Ryan doesn't care this much about fixing the economy

    September 5, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. jinx88

    Who flippin cares Ryan where are Mitts tax returns? Where are the jobs you and your cronies ran on in 2010 when you lied to the Repukes that voted for you guys.

    September 5, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. bassman

    The words coming out of the DNC don't match the actions coming out of this White House.

    September 5, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. charles

    Mr lying Ryan one of the ten commandments is "THOU SHALL NOT LIE".Yet you have blatantly been lying since day one. Lyan has no shame.I stop going to church because of people like Lyan.

    September 5, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Sorensen

    Rubberface gets more and more painful and ridiculous every time he opens his ugly mouth.

    September 5, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |

    Hey cryin lyin Ryan, how about focusing on making America a better place for the middle class.
    Romney, show us your taxes! NOW!

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

    Since he embraced the atheist Ayn Rand as the guiding force in his life, why does he even bother to mention the issue of Jerusalem? However, pandering to the whims of Sheldon Adelson seems to be par for the course for the liar-in-chief and his Objectivist running mate, though: whatever it takes to regaring the White House for the oligarchs is a worthy goal, since we all know how much they have been persecuted (lol).

    September 5, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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