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GOP convention schedule: Republican speakers and dates in Cleveland

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is to address the

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is to address the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, July 20, 2016. This photo is from Nov. 13, 2015. Credit: AP / John Raoux

Here is the planned schedule of events for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena, where Donald Trump is the presidential nominee. Details on the daily themes and headline speakers were released Sunday, July 17.


7:20 p.m.  Thursday session begins. Thursday's theme is "Make America One Again."

Usually the nominee closes out the convention, and Donald Trump is one of the headliners for this night, along with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Ivanka Trump and Tom Barrack, the CEO of Colony Capital.

Additional prime-time speakers include former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, and Dr. Lisa Shin of Korean-Americans for Trump.

Singer-songwriter Ayla Brown will perform the national anthem. Planned videos have these titles: "We Win Because," "Where You Lead," "Built to Win" and, simply, "Donald J. Trump."


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 Cruz; Ben Carson, also a former rival; and three more of the 16 GOP candidates who lost to Trump -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Several people Trump considered for his running mate got speaking slots, including Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and finalists Christie and Gingrich.

The political lineup also includes RNC chairman Priebus; RNC co-chairman Sharon Day; Oklahoma Gov. Fallin; Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Sunshine State's attorney general, Pam Bondi; Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst; West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito; Reps. Chris Collins of New York, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Michael McCaul of Texas and Ryan Zinke of Montana; Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California; and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who will discussed the House Republican agenda and party unity.

Nonpoliticians including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, retired astronaut Eileen Collins, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White, pro golfer Natalie Gulbis, Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin and former underwear model Antonio Sabàto Jr. are set to appear. David Clarke, a Wisconsin sheriff and Black Lives Matter critic, is part of the program. So are religious leader Falwell, pastor Mark Burns, real estate investor Tom Barrack and Kerry Woolard, who is the general manager of Trump Winery in Virginia.

Five from the Trump family have or will speak beside the candidate: his sons Eric and Donald Jr., daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, and wife Melania.

Despite reports that he is speaking, college football star Tim Tebow dismissed that last Thursday as merely "a rumor."

The convention lineup also includes Mark Geist and John Tiegen, who survived the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

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