What's usually a formality, turned a bit dramatic today at the opening of the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
When Democrats released their platform last night, they were immediately criticized for a shift in language on the issue of Israel. As CNN explained, the 2012 platform (pdf) did not declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In 2008, the language was clear. It read:
"Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."
Democrats introduced a change in the 2012 platform, as today's session got started. The change would restore the 2008 language.
NPR's Liz Halloran, reporting from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, told us there was confusion on the floor. They couldn't tell whether the ayes had it, but on the third vote the motion passed and there were boos along with cheers.
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