Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Republicans Kick Off National Convention

Drew Thies

Conservatives from across the country are gathering in Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Republican National Convention, where the party will confirm both its platform and its presidential nominee.

Activities started Monday with a lively vote on the convention rules, where some states rallied against the committee’s initial move to adopt a measure that would bind delegates to vote the way their state voted. The measure, however, was ultimately passed with a voice vote.

Speakers on the first night included presumed presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania; former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and former vice presidential hopeful, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn; and Joni Ernst, a freshman senator from Iowa and fast-rising star in the party.

The second night of events featured a cast of well-known faces in Republican circles, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Mr. Trump will have various surrogates speak throughout the convention and is expected to give the closing keynote on Thursday after his official nomination as the party’s candidate for president. Mr. Trump already announced last week that he will select Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

The Democratic Party will have its convention next week, where Sec. Hillary Clinton will receive her party’s nomination. The Clinton campaign has suggested that Clinton will make her vice presidential announcement this Friday, following the Republican Convention.

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