Republican running mate Paul Ryan criticized Democrats Wednesday for having “purged” the word “God” from their official platform, calling the move “peculiar” as Democrats downplayed the omission.

“I think it’s rather peculiar. It’s not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision, but I guess you’d have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform,” Ryan said in an interview with Fox News.

He was among several conservatives complaining after the official party platform was adopted late Tuesday at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C.

The Democrats’ 2008 platform, like platforms before it, included the word “God.”

It 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.”

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