Ryan: Reference to God missing from Democratic platform

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Democratic Party’s platform makes no reference to God, drawing criticism from Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Mr. Ryan on Wednesday told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that the change is not in keeping with the country’s founding documents and principles and suggests the Obama administration is behind the decision. The Republican platform mentions God 12 times.

The 2008 Democratic Party platform made a single reference to God, referring to the “God-given potential” of working people.

The new platform does contain a plank on faith, saying it “has always been a central part of the American story.” The platform says the nation was founded on the principle of religious freedom and the ability of people to worship as they please. It also praises the work of faith-based organizations.

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