The Republican Party gets down to the serious business of officially nominating their candidate on the second day of their Cleveland convention. Day One was most interesting. There was a mild skirmish over rules and a less than mild flap over the similarities of Melania Trump’s speech to Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democrats. The GOP hopes Day Two goes more according to the script laid out by party head Reince Priebus.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan takes the stage Tuesday. His relationship with Donald Trump has been strained and, at times, contentious. Ryan is expected to put all of that behind him tonight in an effort toward party unity and defeating the Democrats in the Fall.
Former Trump rivals Chris Christie and Ben Carson will speak Tuesday night, as well. Christie, the governor of New Jersey, took a leading role in the Trump campaign after dropping out of the race. He had been considered a possible running mate before Trump chose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
While the GOP hopes to get back to a semblance of normalcy Tuesday, this convention is anything but the standard brand of political conclave. Continuing Mr. Trump’s intention to put “showbiz” into play, Dana White, president of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship,) and professional golfer Natalie Gulbis will also speak.
Donald Trump Jr. will take the stage Tuesday evening. He has been active on the campaign trail. Less active has been his sister Tiffany. She is a student at the University of Pennsylvania and will appear on stage Tuesday in support of her father.
The GOP has a fine line to walk in declaring their intention to “Make America Work Again.” Job creation has been strong, particularly lately, under the Obama Administration. The Republicans are expected to hit on the theme that higher paying jobs are hard to find.
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