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Tuesday August 4th, 2015 6:02PM

Gainesville man part of GOP response team at DNC

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
CHARLOTTE - Gainesville attorney and Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell, on assignment as a Mitt Romney surrogate, has spent a few days in the Republican war room in Charlotte, North Carolina, responding to the ongoing Democratic National Convention.

Bell, appearing on WDUN's Morning Talk Wednesday, said much of the GOP response to the Democrats' convention is coming from that war room at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Bell said a couple of big items from the GOP standpoint Tuesday centered on changes the Democratic party made to its official platform.

"The biggest thing yesterday (Tuesday) was a controversy at the convention over whether or not the Democrats should take out the term 'God-given talent' from their platform and replace it with a normal statement that doesn't reflect God."

Bell said another hot button issue centered on Democrats removing support of Jerusalem being the capitol of Israel from the platform. He said that move caused some controversy on the floor of the convention, especially from some of the Jewish delegates.

"That kind of caught a lot of people off guard. They didn't see it coming. It looks last one of those last-minute platform changes," Bell said.

Bell, who is a former Democrat, said he was able to catch up with some Democrat friends and put politics aside after the night's events.

"We're still one country, and these conventions will be over and the election will be over, and we'll have to come back together. In the meantime, it's a great debate to be had and we think the future of America is at stake."

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