Pop music superstar Katy Perry crossed platforms into presidential politics on Thursday night, performing her aspirational new anthem, "Rise," and in doing so sent a jolt of millennial energy into a convention eager to connect with a new generation of voters.
Perry — wearing a shiny, striped form-fitting dress — opened with comments about her background as the daughter of parents who were pastors and staunch Republicans.
"I don't have a formal education," she said, "but I do have an open mind and a voice." She urged the crowd, and her fans, to vote because "you'll be just as powerful as any NRA lobbyist. You'll have as much say as any billionaire." Or, she added, "you can just cancel out your weird cousin's vote if you like."
Hillary Clinton supporters in the California delegation are taking steps to quell backers of Bernie Sanders who have disrupted proceedings at the Democratic National Convention.
“The [California] Clinton delegates have responded by integrating the delegation, sitting next to other delegates and are determined to not let the few Sanders dead-enders speak for the whole delegation,” said a state party official who declined to be identified speaking on the record.
The delegation has high visibility because of its prime seating, and about 200 delegates back Sanders, a number of whom have been vocal about their displeasure with the Democratic Party. Party officials argued that it was a loud minority and not representative of the party.
Rep. Xavier Becerra of California speaks at the Democratic National Convention. More convention coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
Los Angeles Rep. Xavier Becerra told a packed arena at the Democratic National Convention of his parents’ humble beginnings as immigrants from Mexico — and the threat he believes all immigrants will face if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is elected this November.
“We've come a long way from the days when my dad couldn't walk into a restaurant because of the signs that read, 'No dogs or Mexicans allowed,'" Becerra told Democrats inside the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday evening. “Now is not the time to turn back.”
Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, has been a major political ally of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He has traveled state to state to help with her campaign’s outreach to Latino voters.
Retired Marine Gen. John Allen speaks at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
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My mother can be about to give a speech or walk onstage for a debate. It doesn't matter. She'll drop everything for a few minutes of blowing kisses and reading 'Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo' with her granddaughter.
Donald Trump responded Thursday to scorching attacks by President Obama and others at the Democratic convention by saying they were “not talking about the real world” of Islamic terrorism, unchecked illegal immigration, rampant crime, a depleted military and U.S. jobs “pouring into Mexico.”
“Boy, am I getting hit,” the Republican presidential nominee complained to supporters at a rally in Davenport, Iowa.
Trump denied accusations that he’d outlined a dark vision of America last week at the GOP convention in Cleveland, saying he had offered a “very optimistic” prescription for overcoming the nation’s troubles.
Khizr Khan, the father of a soldier killed in Iraq, speaks at the Democratic National Convention.
Khizr Khan, the father of a soldier killed in Iraq, delivered an emotional speech to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, saying to Donald Trump: "You have sacrificed nothing."
Khan's son Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan was killed in Iraq in 2004 when a vehicle filled with explosives tried to drive into the compound he was guarding. His actions that day were credited with saving lives. Khan is one of 14 American Muslims killed serving the U.S. military since the Sept. 11 attacks.
According to campaign officials, Hillary Clinton plans to cite her 1996 book, “It Takes a Village,” to bolster the point made by her and her surrogates that the idea has been a guiding principle throughout her life, not a politically expedient talking point.
Campaign officials said Clinton began thinking about the speech weeks ago, and she revised it even into Thursday.