Republican National Convention: The schedule for 2020

President Donald Trump will be renominated in a hybrid convention that melds in-person and digital speeches.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland [File: Rick Wilking/Reuters]
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland [File: Rick Wilking/Reuters]

Days after Democrats nominated Joe Biden at an all-digital convention like no other in US history, Republicans will be looking to energise their own base – and bid for much-sought-after undecided voters – as they hold their own part digital, part in-person convention to officially nominate President Donald Trump as their 2020 candidate.

The Republican National Convention, like its Democratic counterpart, is held each presidential election cycle and is where the party finalises and presents its policy platforms going into the final stretch of the campaign. During the event, Republican delegates from across the country also pledge their votes for potential candidates based on the outcome of state primary elections.

This year, no more than 336 delegates – the 2016 convention had more than 2,400 – will gather in-person in Charlotte, North Carolina, to conduct the roll call vote and formally nominate Trump, who faced little opposition in the primary season.

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The unorthodox convention is expected to be a test for the Republican party.

Initially scheduled to be a traditional in-person gathering in Charlotte, in June the party moved most of the convention to Jacksonville, Florida after clashing with North Carolina’s governor over coronavirus restrictions.

Then in late July, Trump cancelled the Jacksonville portion of the convention completely as infections in the state rose. The party then pivoted towards a more digital approach.

Democrats, in contrast, had been repurposing their convention to be fully digital since June.

The four-day convention, running from August 24 to 27, will centre around an overarching theme of “Honoring the Great American Story” and will feature everyday Americans who will testify that the president has positively affected their lives, according to the campaign. Events will be live streamed during the day, with the main programming taking place between 8:30pm and 11pm (00:30 GMT and 03:00 GMT) each night.

Vice President Mike Pence, who will also accept the party’s nomination, said on Friday the convention would focus on the economy and law and order, while its speakers will present the Democratic party as being taken over by “the radical left”.

Trump – known to be loath to prerecord speeches – is also expected to feature prominently during each day of the event before making his acceptance speech, likely from the South Lawn of the White House, on the final day.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming convention:

Monday, August 24

Theme

“Land of Promise”

Speakers

A maximum of 336 delegates will meet in the morning from 9am to 1pm (13:00 – 17:00 GMT) before conducting a nighttime roll call in which Trump and Pence will officially be nominated.

Senator Tim Scott

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise

Representative Matt Gaetz

Representative Jim Jordan

Former Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones

Amy Johnson Ford

Kimberly Guilfoyle

Natalie Harp

Charlie Kirk

Kim Klacik

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, St Louis couple who brandished guns at Black Lives Matter protesters

Congressional candidate Sean Parnell

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting

Donald Trump Jr

Tanya Weinreis, Montana coffee shop owner whose business and employee’s livelihoods were saved by the federal virus relief Paycheck Protection Program

Tuesday, August 25

Theme

“Land of Opportunity”

Speakers

First Lady Melania Trump

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Senator Rand Paul

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee who is now an anti-abortion activist.

Jason Joyce

Myron Lizer

Mary Ann Mendoza

Megan Pauley

Cris Peterson

John Peterson

Nicholas Sandmann, Kentucky Catholic high school student who successfully sued a media organisation for not providing context to a confrontation with a Native American activist at Right to Life march that went viral

Eric Trump

Tiffany Trump

First Lady Melania Trump is set to speak on the first night of the Republican convention [File: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo]

Wednesday, August 26

Theme

“Land of Heroes”

Speakers

Vice President Mike Pence

Second Lady Karen Pence

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Senator Joni Ernst

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem

Representative Dan Crenshaw

Representative Elise Stefanik

Representative Lee Zeldin

Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

Vice Presidential National Security Advisor Keith Kellogg

Jack Brewer

Sister Dede Byrne

Madison Cawthorn

Scott Dane

Clarence Henderson

Ryan Holets

Michael McHale

Congressional candidate Burgess Owens

Lara Trump

Vice President Mike Pence is set to be nominated as Trump’s running mate [AFP]

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Theme

“Land of Greatness”

Speakers

President Donald Trump

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senator Tom Cotton

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy

Representative Jeff Van Drew

Ivanka Trump

White House Deputy Assistant Ja’Ron Smith

Police Sergeant Ann Dorn, widow of retired police captain David Dorn who was killed during violent protests in St Louis in June

Debbie Flood

Former mayor of NYC Rudy Giuliani

Franklin Graham

Alice Johnson, a woman whose prison sentence was commuted by Trump

Wade Mayfield

Carl and Marsha Mueller, parents of Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian worker killed by ISIL (also known as ISIS)

Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark McCloskey, who drew their firearms on protesters in St Louis, are expected to speak at the convention [Reuters]
Source : Al Jazeera, News Agencies

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