11:05 am Sep. 6, 2012
On CNN's "Starting Point" this morning, Senator Chuck Schumer said he had spoken to the White House about the omission of language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the party's platform.
"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," Schumer said. "It was in the 2008 platform so bottom line is I think it's a tempest in a teapot."
Democrats re-inserted the language in a disputed voice vote on the convention floor yesterday afternoon, amid a number of "no" votes and some scattered boos.
The Wall Street Journal criticized Schumer in an editorial this morning for saying yesterday that Democrats overwhelmingly supported Jerusalem as the capital, even as he claimed not to know exactly where the president stood.
On CNN this morning, Schumer said he initially didn't realize it had been excluded.
"I didn't know it wasn't in," he said. "I don't read, to be honest with you, the whole huge document."
But when he figured it out, he said, he called David Axelrod.
"I spoke to a whole number of people in the hierarchy," Schumer told the CNN hosts, though he was careful to assign ultimate credit to the president. "But it was the president who intervened and said fix it. So this idea that he wavers on this issue or whatever—why it was left out, who knows, it's a huge document."
Schumer declined to say whether that meant the administration would move the embassay from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if Obama won a second term, saying the issue, for all the talk, wasn't in the top five priorities for the Israeli government.