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Platform Change a ‘Technical Correction,’ Says Debbie Wasserman Schultz 

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told Jonathan Karl on the ABC News/Yahoo News DNC Live Show that “there was no fight at all” over the addition of “God” and “Jerusalem” to the 2012 platform.

“Essentially, it was a technical correction,” she said. “President Obama wanted to make sure, I mean we already had, 100 percent, strong pro-Israel platform that we were all really proud to support."

“But President Obama, because he personally believes that Jerusalem is, and always should be, the capital of Israel, he wanted to make sure the platform reflected his personal views and also reflect the language that was in the 2008 platform,” she added.

The platform change was met by boos from delegates on the convention floor Wednesday.


In addition, although ABC News reported that Gabrielle Giffords' spokeswoman Hayley Zachary said the former congresswoman was in Charlotte, N.C., Rep. Schultz, a close friend of Giffords, said Giffords would be watching from her home state.

“Gabby is home in Tucson, she is enjoying being back in Arizona, and I’m so proud of the progress that she has made,” Shultz said. “She’s not here.”


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Dems Quickly Switch to Include 'God,' 'Jerusalem' Language in Platform

ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Moments after convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa gaveled in Day Two of the Democratic Convention, the hall burst into chaos as Democrats voted to amend their party's platform to include the word "God" and name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Villaraigosa called the vote three times. The first two voice votes, which require a two-thirds majority to pass, were tied between "ays" and "nos." On the third vote it was still hard to tell whether the "ays" were audibly louder than the "nays" in the half-full arena.

When Villaraigosa announced "the ays have it," loud boos erupted across the arena.

The changes came after a sharp day of criticism by both Republicans and Democrats alike for the platform's exclusion of "God" and Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Democrats moved Wednesday to make revisions to "maintain consistency with the personal views expressed by the president and the Democratic Party platform in 2008," according to a statement from the Democratic National Committee. 

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan criticized the Democrats' 2012 platform Wednesday, calling the omission "rather peculiar."

"It's not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision, but I guess you would have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform," Ryan said on Fox News.

The word "God" is not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. The word "Nature's God" appears once in the Declaration of Independence, alongside mention of the word "Creator."

Prior to Wednesday's vote to include "God," the Democratic 2012 platform referred to faith, saying it "has always been a central part of the American story." It also says the U.S. was founded on the principle of religious freedom and the ability of people to worship as they please. It also praised the work of faith-based organizations.

Republicans have sought to highlight the absence of the word "God" from Democrats' platform. "God" was mentioned once in Democrats' 2008 platform. The 2012 GOP platform mentions "God" 12 times.

As for the vote to include language previously left out about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, the DNC said in Wednesday's statement, "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel."

"It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."

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