Republican Convention: what to watch for on day 1

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The Republican National Convention — a four-day event where presidential hopeful Donald Trump is expected to be officially selected as the party’s presidential nominee — kicks off in Cleveland Monday.

The convention officially begins at 1 p.m. ET.

The RNC’s first-day theme will be “Make America Safe Again,” — a play off of Trump’s campaign slogan of “Make America Great Again” and plays well with Trump’s emphasis on a strong military presence.

Monday night’s speeches will emphasize immigration, national defense, and counterterrorism policy and speakers will include survivors of the Benghazi attack and family members of those killed by undocumented immigrants. Trump’s wife, Melania, and Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions are also scheduled to speak.

The main session will begin at 8 p.m.

The full list of Monday’s speakers:

  • Willie Robertson: chief executive of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, and star of “Duck Dynasty.”
  • Rick Perry: former Governor or Texas
  • Scott Baio: actor and television producer best known for his roles in “Happy Days,” “Joanie Loves Chachi,” and “Charles In Charge.”
  • Pat Smith: mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith
  • Mark Geist: U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served in Benghazi, Libya
  • John Tiegen: U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served in Benghazi
  • Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis: whose brother, a Border Patrol agent, was killed under a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives effort to track AK- 47 style rifles being smuggled across the border
  • Antonio Sabato, Jr.: soap opera actor
  • Mary Ann Mendoza: whose son was killed by an unauthorized immigrant driving drunk
  • Sabine Durden: whose son was killed by an unauthorized immigrant who was driving without a license and without insurance
  • Jamiel Shaw: whose son was killed by an unauthorized immigrant
  • Michael McCaul: Texas Republican Congressman and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman
  • David Clarke: Milwaukee Sheriff
  • Sean Duffy: Wisconsin Republican Congressman and former star of MTV’s “The Real World.”
  • Rachel Campos Duffy: spokeswoman for the Libre Initiative, a Hispanic outreach group funded by energy executives Charles and David Koch.
  • Darryl Glenn: El Paso County Commissioner
  • Tom Cotton: Republican U.S. Senator from Arkansas
  • Karen Vaughn: whose son, a Navy SEAL, was killed in Afghanistan.
  • Jeff Sessions: Republican U.S. Senator from Alabama
  • Rudy Giuliani: Former mayor of New York City
  • Melania Trump: Donald Trump’s wife
  • Michael Flynn: Retired Army Lt. Gen.
  • Joni Ernst: Republican U.S. Senator from Iowa
  • Jason Beardsley: Concerned Veterans for America
  • Ryan Zinke: Republican Congressman from Montana

Watch the Convention live below:

[Live video provided by the Republican National Convention]


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