What Trump should be doing before the RNCJune 25, 201605:54
Donald Trump and his campaign started boasting about his speaker lineup for the Republican National Convention two weeks ago, promising –- and so far, failing -- to release the speakers list seven days ago, and then six days ago, and then on Tuesday.
The campaign has not responded to repeated requests about the list and when it will in fact be released, but despite their silence about who will address the thousands of delegates, reporters and politicos who descend on Cleveland next week and the millions watching from home, several speakers themselves have confirmed their participation.
Here’s who we know will be speaking.
- Rep. Paul Ryan: the House speaker has encouraged party unity despite Trump’s contentious exchanges with establishment Republicans. Ryan told Politico he would speak. He’s expected to give a 10-minute address.
- House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy will speak, giving an address about the House GOP’s agenda and building party unity, the Washington Post reported.
- Sen. Ted Cruz announced he will speak at the convention last week. “Donald asked me to speak at the Republican convention and I told him I’d be happy to do so,” he told reporters.
- Sen. Tom Cotton told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday that he will speak in Cleveland next week. “We’re waiting to nail down the final date and time, but I look forward to talking about our military and our veterans, and what we need to do to make sure that we're serving them, so they can serve us,” he said.
- Sen. Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will speak, but would not confirm more details.
- Trump told an Ohio crowd earlier this month that Indiana’s legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight will speak at the convention.
- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Tuesday he’d speak during the first session of the convention in the afternoon. The attorney has brought high-profile cases against same-sex marriage and federal regulations in the past, including some that reached the Supreme Court, according to the Detroit Free Press.
- Evangelical pastor Mark Burns will also speak on Monday night, Politico reported. This won’t be his first time taking the stage at a Trump-headlined event. He’s a regular opener for the presumptive GOP nominee at rallies.
- Former New York City Major Rudy Giuliani will also speak. The former mayor, who ran New York City during the 9/11 attacks and is extremely conservative on national security issues, has often defended Trump’s more controversial policies on homeland security.
- The firebrand Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst –- whose profile got a boost in 2014 with an ad about castrating pigs as a metaphor for taking on the Washington establishment -– will have a prime-time speaking slot and will address the convention on national security, the Des Moines Register reported this week.
- Tennessee’s Rep. Marsha Blackburn will speak as well, Politico reported.
- Gov. Scott Walker told a CNN affiliate this month that he would speak at the RNC; despite criticizing Trump in the past, Walker has argued that not supporting Trump is akin to supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton.
- Gov. Mike Huckabee's spokesman told reporters the former 2016 candidate and Arkansas governor would also speak, but it was unclear when.
- Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be speaking as well, a strategist said.