Politics July 14, 2016: GOP National Convention speaker list released

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GOP National Convention speaker list released

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The first draft of the speakers list for the Republican National Convention has been released, and it includes and a mix of political figures, leaders, entertainment personalities and Donald Trump’s family members. RNC CEO Jeff Larson released the list of 60 speakers on Thursday morning, July 14, 2016.

Larson in his announcement said, “The convention’s theme, ‘Make America Great Again,’ will focus on the core themes of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump’s campaign: national security, immigration, trade, and jobs.”

The list includes Trump’s former primary rivals, “Ted Cruz of Texas, Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.” Lawmakers and Congressional leaders will also speak including, “House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa.”

Among the Trump supporters and usual suspects are some glaring absences including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, fueling Vice President speculation. Some of the more buzz-worthy speakers are “astronaut Eileen Collins, football star Tim Tebow, actor Antonio Sabàto Jr., golfer Natalie Gulbis, and president of Ultimate Fighting Championship Dana White.

Additionally, co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel, real estate investor Tom Barrack; and Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin” will be speaking. Survivors of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya attack Mark Geist and John Tiegen will also discuss former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s incompetence.

Larson said the list is a work in progress, “A final list of speakers and information on convention themes will follow.” Trump spokesman Jason Miller commented, “This impressive lineup of veterans, political outsiders, faith leaders and those who know Donald Trump the best – his family and longtime friends – represent a cross-section of real people facing the same challenges as every American household.”

The following is the full list of GOP Convention speakers; the convention starts on Monday, July 18.

Pastor Mark Burns
Phil Ruffin
Congressman Ryan Zinke
Pat Smith
Mark Geist
John Tiegen
Congressman Michael McCaul
Sheriff David Clarke
Congressman Sean Duffy
Darryl Glenn
Senator Tom Cotton
Karen Vaughn
Governor Mike Huckabee
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Melania Trump
Senator Joni Ernst
Kathryn Gates-Skipper
Marcus Luttrell
Dana White
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Michael Mukasey
Andy Wist
Senator Jeff Sessions
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
Alex Smith
Speaker Paul Ryan
Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Kerry Woolard .
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Dr. Ben Carson
Co-Chair Sharon Day
Natalie Gulbis
Kimberlin Brown
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Peter Thiel
Eileen Collins
Senator Ted Cruz
Newt Gingrich
Michelle Van Etten
Lynne Patton
Eric Trump
Harold Hamm
Congressman Chris Collins
Brock Mealer
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Governor Mary Fallin
Darrell Scott
Lisa Shin
Governor Rick Scott
Chairman Reince Priebus
Tom Barrack
Ivanka Trump
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
Chris Cox
Senator Mitch McConnell
Tiffany Trump
Governor Chris Christie
Donald J. Trump Jr.
Governor Scott Walker

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Politics July 14, 2016: Trump to announce VP running mate Friday, will it be Christie, Gingrich or Pence?

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Trump to announce VP running mate Friday, will it be Christie, Gingrich or Pence?

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The finale of the Donald Trump veepstakes is coming to a close. The presumptive nominee announced on Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, on Twitter that he will reveal his vice presidential running mate on Friday morning, June 14 in New York City. Trump seems to have narrowed his search down to three candidates, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday evening about his VP reveal, “I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow.” Trump might be choosing one of the three most buzzed about possibilities or choose someone else, with Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions being a possibility. Trump told Fox News host Bret Baier on Wednesday about his VP list. Trump said, “I’m narrowing it down. I mean, I’m at three potentially four. But in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two.”

Former GOP candidate Ben Carson says that Trump, a master showman might surprise with his VP and not choose the usual suspects. Carson is working with Trump’s campaign on vetting potential running mates. All three have tried out with Trump at recent rallies. The frontrunners have met with the nominee and are still arguing their cases to Trump. Pence is the GOP establishment’s favorite choice; he is also a safe option. Pence introduced Trump at an Indiana rally on Tuesday, July 12 further adding to speculation.

The speakers list for the GOP convention released on Thursday, July 14, might give an indication as to Trump’s choice for vice president. Christie, Gingrich, and Sessions are scheduled, but Pence is not. Another glaring omission and possible VP candidate is former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who is an ardent supporter and campaign trail surrogate fueling possible speculation that Trump may opt for the veteran nominee. Trump intends to notify his candidates as to his decision on Thursday afternoon.

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