With the DNC all wrapped up, it’s time for the Republican National Cnvention to take center stage. Of course, this year’s convention won’t feature any actual stages, with the pandemic forcing the cancellation of the event in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tonight, that city will still host the first night of the mostly-virtual RNC, as delegates from all states and territories gather to formally nominate President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for the Republican ticket.
The speakers will include a mix of GOP politicians and their supporters, along with members of the First Family. Like the DNC, the speeches are expected to be a mix of live and pre-recorded. On Wednesday, Pence will deliver his acceptance speech from Fort McHenry National Park in Baltimore, Maryland, before President Trump delivers his the following day from the White House lawn. It will be the first time a Republican has not been at the convention to deliver their acceptance speech since 1936.
All of Sling’s cable news partners will be covering the convention Monday through Thursday; here are the details on their coverage plans, along with a schedule of speakers.
Who are the speakers?
The full list of speakers was not released by the RNC until Sunday, and it includes more than 70 people. President Trump is expected to have a role in each night’s proceedings and, like the DNC, each day will be centered around a different theme.
“We’re going to talk about the American story, about all the accomplishments that we’ve had over the last four years with President Trump and what the president’s second-term vision is going to look like,” Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press.
Here are the speakers to look out for each day (as of Monday morning):
Monday: "A Land of Heroes"
Donald Trump, Jr.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01)
Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-01)
Representative Jim Jordan (OH-04)
Former Ambassador Nikki Haley
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones
Amy Johnson Ford
Mark and Patricia McCloskey
Tuesday: "Land of Promise"
First Lady Melania Trump
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Mary Ann Mendoza
Wednesday: "Land of Opportunity"
Vice President Mike Pence
Second Lady Karen Pence
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
Representative Dan Crenshaw (TX-02)
Representative Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
Representative Lee Zeldin (NY-01)
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell
Sister Dede Byrne
Thursday: "Land of Greatness"
President Donald Trump
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
Representative Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02)
Carl and Marsha Mueller
What is the cable news coverage?
Like the DNC, Sling’s cable news partners will be featuring live coverage of the RNC nightly, Monday through Thursday. Here’s what to expect:
MSNBC - Decision 2020 - Coverage begins nightly at 7pm ET
Anchored by Rachael Maddow, Joy Reid, Nicolle Wallace, and Brian Williams
Keynote speeches will be available On Demand the next day
CNN - America's Choice 2020 - Coverage begins nightly at 8pm ET
Anchored in-studio by Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, John King, Chris Cuomo, and Don Lemon.
Select coverage will be available on VOD next day
Fox News - Democracy 2020 - Coverage begins nightly at 10pm ET
Anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum
Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity will air at their normal times, The Ingram Angle will air at 11pm ET
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