Ryan Hampton, 35, stood before his fellow California delegates at their morning breakfast Thursday to introduce himself.
"I have not used drugs or alcohol in 18 months, and I have to tell you, a year and a half ago I didn't know if I was going to live or die," Hampton said. "Here I am today, not only a person recovering from heroin, but a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and I think that shows that we are everywhere."
Opioid addiction and recovery is being highlighted more frequently in the presidential campaign: On Monday, the Democratic Party dedicated about an hour to the topic. And on Tuesday, Hampton spoke on a panel with House and Senate members working to get more funding for a massive bill to expand addiction treatment programs that President Obama recently signed into law.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth didn't speak long at the Illinois Democratic delegation breakfast Wednesday, but she didn't have to. The standing ovation and the chanting of her name were preordained.
She tossed out a few jokes about Sen. Mark Steven Kirk, the Republican she hopes to dethrone this fall. She retold stories about growing up poor. And she alluded to her war-hero status in a gracious way, praising her fellow Democrats for participating in the democratic process, which she allowed was "probably just as patriotic as serving in the military."
Moments later, Duckworth and a campaign staffer decamped to an out-of-the-way corner in the hotel lobby to get to work on what's expected to be a prime-time speech Thursday on the Democratic National Convention stage.
A Washington Post reporter was patted down, questioned and denied entrance into a rally for GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence late Wednesday, widening a ban on the newspaper by Donald Trump’s campaign.
Since being banned last month, Post reporters have attended rallies as members of the public rather than entering an area set aside for media. On Wednesday, the reporter was told by a private security officer that he couldn’t enter with a cellphone, as other attendees did, because he worked for the Post, the paper reported.
“Law enforcement officers, in collusion with private security officials, subjected a reporter to bullying treatment that no ordinary citizen has to endure,” Post Executive Editor Martin Baron said. “All of this took place in a public facility no less. The harassment of an independent press isn’t coming to an end. It’s getting worse.”
Republicans’ attacks on Hillary Clinton pale in comparison to Trump's insults of women, minorities, Muslims and immigrants, Chelsea Clinton said. She said that she doesn’t worry about the attacks on her mother because years in politics taught Hillary Clinton how to respond.
There were moments during the opening hours of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, as the boos rained down, when it seemed as if the party’s progressive and moderate wings were being held together with paper clips and baling wire.
The mood was less volatile during the roll-call vote that officially gave Hillary Clinton the nomination Tuesday, even as some Bernie Sanders supporters marched outside Wells Fargo Center. But uncertainty remained. How much of the noise, the background rumble of unease, would come back?
The stage on which this shaky détente was reached, designed by Bruce Rodgers of the firm Tribe Inc., seemed almost to anticipate the acrimony. The set is unfussy, even workmanlike, not far in spirit from one of Sanders’ off-the-rack charcoal suits. A broad-shouldered lectern, a dozen steps up from the convention floor, is set atop a squat, circular base and within a ring of white stars on a wide blue carpet.
Wednesday night in Philadelphia, President Obama proved once again that he is one of the best orators to take the political stage, as he extolled his accomplishments, accused Republican Donald Trump of being unfit for the presidency and argued that Hillary Clinton more than anyone else -- “not me, not Bill, nobody” -- is the most qualified person ever to seek the White House.
Obama came to Philadelphia to praise his former secretary of State, whom he described as tough and resilient, as someone who “never, ever quits … no matter how much people try to knock her down,” as someone who, like Ginger Rogers, did everything Fred Astaire did, “but backwards and in heels” when they ran against each other in 2008.