A roundup of items of interest from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia:

VILSACK SHARES PERSONAL STORY: U.S. ag secretary and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack wanted to inspire Democratic activists to work hard over the next three months to elect Hillary Clinton as president, so he shared his story of a good friend who worked hard for Vilsack, even in that friend’s final days.

Speaking at the morning gatherings of the Iowa and Wisconsin delegations to the Democratic National Convention, Vilsack implored activists to not be content with their attendance at the convention, but to also go home and start the hard work of the presidential campaign.

Vilsack shared the story of his good friend Mark Weiner, a Democratic activist from Rhode Island who died Tuesday. Weiner, who had leukemia, passed away at his home just as he was preparing to come to the convention, according to the Providence Journal.

Vilsack said Weiner, also a close friend of the Clintons, supported Vilsack as Clinton’s running mate and made calls on his behalf, even though he was living in hospice.

“He cared that much about our country,” Vilsack said. “Each of us needs to care that much about this election, and if we do we’re going to make history.”

Former President Bill Clinton mentioned Weiner during his address to the convention Wednesday night, saying he and Hillary cried when they learned of his passing.

STRATEGIC MISTAKES: Just like it was a “strategic mistake” for him not to campaign in Iowa in the 2004 Democratic caucus campaign, retired Gen. Wesley Clark told Iowa delegates to the Democratic National Convention it would be a strategic mistake to elect Republican Donald Trump.

Clark, who now works with America’s Renewable Future, which promotes ethanol and other fuels, said electing Trump would be the “biggest mistake in history.” No other presidential candidate, he said, has shown less willingness to respect other people, less attention to detail or less respect for his opponent.

Clark also suggested Trump violated the Logan Act when he encouraged Russian cyber-hackers to look for Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 lost emails. The Logan Act forbids Americans from siding with its enemies.

-- Compiled by the Des Moines Bureau


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