Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) released a new scathing campaign ad Thursday, slamming Democrats for striking all mentions of "God" from their official platform during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week. The ad features footage of DNC delegates enthusiastically voting not to include "God" in the 2012 Democratic platform.
"Three times they said no to God," the ad states.
The ad begins with former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland saying, "I am here to attest and affirm that our faith and belief in God is central to the American story and informs the values we've expressed in our party's platform."
The shot then cuts to Los Angeles Mayor and 2012 DNC chair Antonio Villaraigosa, who tells "all the delegates opposed" to the measure to say "no".
A large portion of the delegates can be heard screaming, "No!"
"Let me do that again," Villaraigosa says. "All those delegates opposed, say no."
"No!" the crowd screams, even louder than the first time, waving their arms in protest.
Then, looking a little surprised, the Los Angeles mayor asks for one final vote. The delegation again hollered "No!" just as noisy as before, some rising out of their seats to add extra emphasis. Despite the divided vote, Democrats reinstated language from the 2008 platform that said: "we need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential." The party also reinstated wording that mentions Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
"It's embarrassing, it's stupid," Democratic strategist Paul Begala says in the video, followed by various shots of political pundits condemning the vote.
"Are those your values?" the ad asks.
Watch the entire ad here: