Republican Convention: what to watch for on Day 3

GOP 2016 Convention
RNC delegates put their hands on their chests as they sing the national anthem, Monday, July 18, 2016. [Photo Credit: AP Photo| John Locher]

It’s official the Republican National Convention is officially Donald Trump‘s convention as he was formally nominated Republican candidate for President Tuesday night, putting an end to anti-Trump efforts on the Convention floor.

Wednesday will be a day when the Trump campaign endeavors to unite the Party and move past the distractions of the first two days of the convention. Themed “Make America First Again,” expect no shortage of references to American exceptionalism.

The convention program provides insight of what to expect from Wednesday’s lineup of speakers:

America has always been an exceptional nation. Our Founding Fathers created a system of government that has protected our liberty, allowed American ingenuity to flourish, and lifted people out of poverty by creating the conditions for opportunity and prosperity. Unfortunately, years of bad policies and poor leadership have weakened our position in the world. Under a Trump administration, America will once again be a beacon of progress and opportunity.

For many Americans, Wednesday night will be their first introduction to GOP VP candidate Mike Pence when he delivers the final speech of the evening. It’s been less than one week since Trump tapped him for the vice presidential nomination, and despite the fact he’s been Governor of Indiana the past four years and served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he’s still a relatively unknown politician. Wednesday’s keynote speech is an opportunity to make his case to the nation and win over those Republicans who may be put off by Trump’s bombastic nature.

The full list of Wednesday’s primetime speakers:

  • Laura Ingraham: radio Host
  • Phil Ruffin: businessman
  • Pam Bondi: Attorney General of Florida
  • Eileen Collins: Astronaut (retired)
  • Michelle Van Etten: Small Business Owner
  • Ralph Alvarado, Jr.: Kentucky State Senator
  • Darrell Scott: Pastor
  • Harold Hamm: Continental Resources
  • Scott Walker: Wisconsin Governor
  • Lynne Patton: the VP of the Eric Trump Foundation
  • Marco Rubio: U.S. Senator from Florida
  • Ted Cruz: U.S. Senator from Texas
  • Eric Trump: Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization
  • Newt & Callista Gingrich: former Speaker of the House and his wife
  • Mike Pence: candidate for Vice President and Governor of Indiana


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