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September 6th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Sen. Schumer says President Clinton was 'teaching America' in speech, calls controversy over platform omissions 'tempest in a teapot'

Tonight, President Obama will accept the Democratic Party's nomination for president with a highly anticipated speech. Last night, former President Bill Clinton delivered a stirring endorsement, calling for another four years.

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) shares his impression of Clinton's speech at the DNC convention and role in the platform party change.

President Clinton “hit it out of the park," Sen. Schumer says. "If every American watched that speech the election would be over, and he perfectly teed it up for the president with all of this talk. You had Michelle Obama talking about what the president believes in and who he cares about. President Clinton explained the past. Now it is just ready for Barack Obama to explain what he will do in the future.”

Sen. Schumer also addresses the confusion over voting for the party's platform last night at the convention. Democrats voted to update their party's platform to include a reference to Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, as well as the insertion of the word "God," neither of which was included in their platform this year but was in previous platforms. Senator Schumer says that he brought the missing elements to the attention of the DNC.

“Look, on the Jerusalem issue, which I have had some involvement in and did yesterday, it has always been the position of the Democratic Party, of the Democrats overwhelmingly that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Why it wasn't in the platform, who knows, but when I brought it to the White House's attention and others, the president himself intervened and said put it in. It was in the 2008 platform,” he says.

See more from the interview in the clip below.

soundoff (One Response)
  1. Mark Newsom

    Isn't that just a little arrogant?

    September 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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