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GOP convention schedule: Republican speakers and dates in Cleveland
Here is the planned schedule of events for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena, where Donald Trump is the presumptive presidential nominee. More details will be added as they become available.
WEEK OF JULY 10-17
The platform committee met on Monday and Tuesday. The Republican National Committee held its summer meeting Wednesday, July 13.
The convention rules committee meets Thursday and Friday, July 14-15. That's where anti-Trump delegates are expected to push for a "conscience clause" that would allow delegates to vote for whichever presidential candidate they want on the first nominating ballot.
Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate who's a leader of the Dump-Trump effort, needs to get 28 people on the 112-member committee to back her plan for it to advance to a vote before the full convention.
WEEK OF JULY 17- 23
MONDAY, JULY 18
1 p.m. Convention opens. The lineup of speakers and votes for this session — and the following days' programs — will be released soon, organizers say. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton is expected to speak to delegates Monday night, his office says. He said he'll talk about the military and veterans.
TUESDAY, JULY 19
5:30 p.m. Tuesday session begins. Generally the roll call of states, in which Trump's name would officially be placed into nomination, is held during this session. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he expects to speak at the convention Tuesday night.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
7 p.m. Wednesday session begins. The vice presidential nominee generally speaks on Wednesday night. Potential vice presidential candidates include Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
7:30 p.m. Thursday session begins. Usually the nominee closes out the convention, so you can expect Donald Trump to speak on this night.
SPEAKERS: Confirmed speakers throughout the week include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who is a delegate; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Trump's vanquished primary rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas; Dr. Ben Carson, another former rival; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who will discuss the House Republican agenda and party unity. Non-politicians, including former underwear model Antonio Sabàto Jr. and college football star Tim Tebow, are also set to appear, according to multiple reports.
Trump has said his children — sons Eric and Donald Jr., daughter Ivanka and wife, Melania — will speak as well. In addition, those expected to speak include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.