Democrats on Wednesday painted an unremittingly negative portrait of Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch elitist, but the second night of their convention was also an exercise in damage control over faith and the party’s commitment to Israel.

Speakers took turns assailing the GOP’s presidential nominee, suggesting his privileged upbringing and considerable wealth made it impossible for him to empathize with the many Americans who are suffering economically.

“We certainly want those at the top to do well,” said New York Sen. Charles Schumer. “But if you base your entire presidency and your entire economic platform on helping them do even better, you’re missing what makes the economy tick, because not everyone has been as fortunate as Mitt Romney. You cannot base your whole approach on a life experience as rarefied as his.”

Running into stiff headwinds resulting from a stubbornly high unemployment rate, President Obama and his fellow Democrats have sought to turn the November election from a referendum on the last 3½ years to a choice between the incumbent and his Republican rival.

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