Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made this September 4, 2012 statement regarding the Democratic Party's platform and the language used in discussing Israel.
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The Romney campaign website states,
"Mitt Romney today made the following statement on the Democratic Party removing pro-Israel language from its platform:
'It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama's shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. Four years of President Obama's repeated attempts to create distance between the United States and our cherished ally have led the Democratic Party to remove from their platform an unequivocal acknowledgment of a simple reality. As president, I will restore our relationship with Israel and stand shoulder to shoulder with our close ally.' "