Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Campaign officials say President Barack Obama personally intervened to change language in his party’s platform on Jerusalem and God.
Democrats amended their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention on God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
The officials said Obama’s reaction on the omission of God from the platform was to wonder why it was removed in the first place.
GOP challenger Mitt Romney said omitting a reference to God suggested Democrats were out of touch with mainstream America. Republicans also said omitting a reference to Jerusalem showed Obama was weak on Israel.
The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about private discussions.