The actual business of the Republican National Convention is over. Donald J. Trump became the official GOP nominee to be the 45th President of the United States. New York State’s delegates, as announced by Donald Trump Jr. put the financier over the top and on his way to a general election tussle with Hillary Clinton. Day Two was highlighted by a rousing speech from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and laudatory speeches by two of Trump’s children. The theme of Day Three: Make America First Again.
Mr. Trump’s stump speech for the last year has focused on where he thinks the United States has lost her way. He has long said, “We don’t win on trade anymore.” The Day Three theme will presumably highlight ways his vision will turn the country around in a way palatable to the Republican Party.
Speakers on the first two days of the convention came from all walks of life. Day Three will be, mostly, reserved for political types. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will speak from the convention lectern. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will offer an address via video. All three were vanquished by Trump during the primary campaign. All three would like to position themselves to be the party standard-bearer should the Trump-Pence ticket lose in November.
The only non-politician scheduled to speak will be Trump’s son Eric. He has large shoes to fill after the effective performances put forth Tuesday by Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
The perceived highlight of the evening will be an appearance by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence who will officially accept the GOP nomination to become Vice President under Trump. Gov. Pence’s speech is considered to be a key moment in the convention as his name recognition nationwide is somewhat limited.
Republican operatives breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when their convention went as planned. Monday night’s controversy over Melania Trump’s allegedly plagiarized speech dominated the news cycle after Day One. Wednesday morning Trump speechwriter Meredith McIver took responsibility for the controversy.
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