Wasserman Schultz, who represents one of the most-Jewish districts in Congress, had to grapple with another flap: The accusation from a conservative newspaper columnist that she had quoted U.S. ambassador to Israel Michael Oren saying that Republicans were dangerous to Israel.
She disputed the account in the Examiner newspaper, and warned that Republicans shouldnt put "love of party before love of Israel." Support for Israel is one area where both parties have traditionally been in solidarity, she said.
The Washington Post, parsing her language in a fact check, gave her four Pinocchios for asserting that she had been misquoted. PolitiFact gave her a Pants On Fire.
"They ripped one line out of what I said and left the rest so it appeared as though I was saying something that I wasnt," she said. "In fact, that line is the opposite of what I always say, and I will say it again: It is dangerous to turn Israel into a political football, as the Republicans are trying to do. It is dangerous for Israel."
Wasserman Schultz and other Democrats say Republicans are having it both ways when it comes to party platforms.
After all, the Republican platform didnt explicitly call for the reversal of Obama-era changes concerning another foreign-policy touchstone for Florida voters: Cuba. Obama loosened travel restrictions, but Republicans never called for reversing them.
Whats more, Romneys running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, repeatedly voted against the Cuban embargo in his early years in Congress. Wasserman Schultz, a Cuba hardliner, helped muster enough Democratic votes to kill one anti-embargo measure supported by Ryan.
Paul Ryan has had no purifying vote on Cuba, Wasserman Schultz said. Hes squishy when it comes to Cuba.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen, of Miami and chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, said Ryan had come to support the embargo. And, she said, it wasnt fair to hold Romney accountable to a party platform that few people read.
Romney had promised to take a hardline stance on Cuba and, like many Republican and Democratic candidates before, said hell support recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, a touchy subject with Palestinians and the Arab world.
The United States has maintained that Jerusalems status as Israels capital is a matter of negotiation; the U.S. embassy remains in Tel Aviv.
When the Democratic party-plank omitted references to Jerusalem, a Romney campaign spokesman said the Democratic Party was signaling "a radical shift in its orientation, away from Israel."
The Republican Jewish Coalition announced Wednesday it would run a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer to "send a special message to President Obama and the Democratic Party during the Democratic National Convention."
"Does the document accurately mirror Barack Obamas views?" asked former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, Romneys liaison to the Jewish community. Given that his top aides have said that the platform reflects his policies, and given that his official White House spokesman has also refused to name Jerusalem as Israels capital, that is now an urgent question to which the American people deserve an immediate and unequivocal response."
Democrats worked to mend fences with their Jewish voters although the first night of the convention also featured a speech about Israel from former Florida U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, the Obama campaigns liaison to the Jewish community and one of the people who helped craft the platform.