I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the United States • Denying allegations he called Republican claims, that President Obama appears weak when it comes to support of Israel, “dangerous” during private discussions with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Rep. Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Florida’s 20th congressional district, reportedly made the claim during a training session for Jewish Democrats at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Monday. source
Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn’t get it. A few months ago he visited a university in Ohio and gave the students there a little entrepreneurial advice. “Start a business,” he said. But how? “Borrow money if you have to from your parents,” he told them. Gee, why didn’t I think of that? Some people are lucky enough to borrow money from their parents, but that shouldn’t determine whether you can pursue your dreams. I don’t think Governor Romney meant any harm. I think he’s a good guy. He just has no idea how good he’s had it.San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, delivering a speech to the DNC tonight. A much ballyhooed speech for the Texas Democrat, Castro has followed tightly the rhetorical tone of the preceding speakers – affirmation and positivity about President Obama, garnished with scorching broadsides against the Romney/Ryan campaign. Castro is gamely stepping up to a tall rhetorical order, as it happens – Deval Patrick’s speech really brought the house down, to the comparative detriment of his immediate follow-up, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.
It’s time for Democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe!Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, speaking before the DNC tonight. Consistent with the theme of tonight’s speakers, Patrick is delivering a speech heavy on the fire and bravado, attacking Mitt Romney, his state’s former governor, as having been “more interested in having the job than in doing the job.”
Our platform calls for a balanced deficit reduction plan where everyone, from elected leaders to the wealthy and super-wealthy, pay their fair share. And when your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare; its patriotism.Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker • Delivering a speech to the Democratic National Convention tonight, in an adamant and impassioned style that provoked chants of both “USA, USA!” and “CORY, CORY!” The speech drew no comparisons between the President and his GOP rival Mitt Romney, and that’s not surprising – the Cory Booker political brand, much like Obama himself while a candidate in 2008, is built on a relentless positivity. There are plenty of Democratic figures who will make pointed attacks on Romney, but that wasn’t Booker’s role. Rather, his job was to deliver an affirmative speech, and launch the convention with a little electricity. source