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Posted: Sep 05, 2012 6:50 PM

So much for harmony on the floor.

When Democrats amended their convention platform to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, they needed approval of two-thirds of the delegates present. Based on the roars, it was hard to tell.

Convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, called for a vote three times before ruling that the amendments had been approved.

In the first vote, a sizable number of the delegates in the half-empty arena yelled, "No!"

"Let me do that again," Villaraigosa said.

In the second vote, a large numbers of delegates yelled, "Aye!" But that was followed by roars opposing the decision.

Villaraigosa said, "I, umm ... let me do that again." When he tried it a third time, he announced that the amendments had been approved, despite contentions from some delegates that they shouldn't have passed.

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The awkward moment came after Republicans criticized Democrats for approving a platform without God or the stance on Jerusalem.

— Ken Thomas www.twitter.com/AP_Ken_Thomas


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