GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Thursday predicted Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, would be overturned if Donald Trump is elected president.
“I’m pro-life and I don’t apologize for it,” he said during a town hall meeting here. “We’ll see Roe vs. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”
The comments — made in a conservative stronghold that strongly supported Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump in the Michigan primary — were part of a broader argument Pence has been making on the stakes of the election: Voters need to consider that the next president will likely select multiple Supreme Court justices.
Jul. 28, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
At Hillary Clinton’s convention this week, Democrats have been speaking about a world that doesn’t exist. A world where America has full employment, where there’s no such thing as radical Islamic terrorism, where the border is totally secured and where thousands of innocent Americans have not suffered from rising crime in cities like Baltimore and Chicago.
Donald Trump, reviewing the political program in Philadelphia
For ambitious young Democrats from Barack Obama to Julian Castro, the Democratic National Convention has served as a stage to introduce themselves to a national audience. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will likewise be seeking to capture the political spotlight when he makes his debut address to the convention Thursday evening in Philadelphia.
Garcetti, 45, has been consigned to a relatively unglamorous speaking slot. He is scheduled to speak at the convention at 4 p.m. PT (though that's subject to change), well before most viewers (even on the East Coast) begin tuning in for the convention’s prime-time lineup. But he does have the advantage of appearing on the same day that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is delivering the week’s most anticipated speech.
In an email sent to supporters of his 2017 reelection effort Thursday, Garcetti said he would “share the story of Los Angeles as a model for the country,” a theme he echoed in an interview with The Times.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra is expected to speak shortly before Hillary Clinton officially accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, a prime speaking slot for a surrogate who has appeared on Clinton’s behalf for months.
Only Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, speak between Becerra and the Democratic presidential nominee.
Becerra said in an interview Thursday he’s going to talk about electing “someone who walks with me, someone who walks with us,” but he couldn’t go into many details.
As Democrats celebrate picking Hillary Clinton as their first female presidential nominee, Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland is reflecting about the first woman who tried, her mentor, Shirley Chisholm.
“She paved the way, not just for Hillary Clinton, but for Barack Obama,” Lee said. “It’s a remarkable moment and a humbling moment.”
Chisholm, the first African American woman to serve in Congress, was also the first woman and the first African American to run for president in the Democratic Party.
Jul. 28, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
There was a minimum wage that used to be higher, there was college that used to cost less, there was a social compact that we believed in each other, and so in some ways we’re the most conservative party.
We’re the ones saying go back to these values instead of some untested, uncharted, insecure future that Donald Trump talks about.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime political ally of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is expected to come gunning for her opponent when he returns to the main stage at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.
In June, Villaraigosa launched a national political action committee — Building Bridges, Not Walls — to counter what he called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “scapegoating anti-immigrant politics.’’ The PAC is targeting immigrant voters in swing states, encouraging them to go to the polls in November.
Villaraigosa presided as chairman of the party’s 2012 convention in Charlotte, N.C., which ushered President Obama to reelection.
At a Facebook Live event Tuesday morning, Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive asked Chelsea Clinton about Ivanka Trump’s Republican National Convention speech, when she told the crowd that her father, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, believes in “equal pay for equal work.”
“Given it’s not something that [the candidate] has spoken about,” Clinton responded, “there are no policies on any of those fronts that you just mentioned on his website — not last week, not this week. So I think the ‘How?’ question is super important. In politics as it is in life.”
Before Hillary Clinton and Trump faced off in a presidential race, their daughters maintained a longtime friendship. As The Times' Evan Halper reported last year, Chelsea Clinton had a front-row seat at Ivanka Trump’s wedding in 2005.
As of Wednesday night, our USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" tracking poll of the presidential race shows Donald Trump holding steady with a seven-point lead over Hillary Clinton.
That represents a significant convention bounce for Trump -- not a record, as Trump recently claimed, but one larger than the average for recent candidates. The question now is whether that increase will prove lasting, or will it be wiped away by a bounce for Clinton from the Democratic convention?
We can't answer that yet, of course, but there are a few things we do know.
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.