Donald Trump has a "secret weapon" heading into the Republican National Convention in Cleveland—and it's not Mike Pence. Ben Kamisar at the Hill argues Ivanka Trump is her father's "most effective surrogate" who can "soften the edges" of his campaign and help him with female voters. “She’s seen much differently than her father—she certainly has a classier, more reasoned reputation, and she’s beloved by a lot of the people her father is not beloved by,” a Syracuse University communications professor says. Case in point: former RNC aide and non-Trump-supporter Doug Heye. “Unlike her father, she always appears poised and thoughtful,” Heye says.
Ivanka has already made an impact as a "trusted adviser" on her father's campaign. She was reportedly a major reason Corey Lewandowski was fired, she met with vice presidential finalists, and she campaigned in Iowa while seven-months pregnant. Sen. Bob Corker, who Donald considered for vice president, says Ivanka would be the "best running mate." “I don’t know if I’ve ever met a more composed, brilliant, beautiful-in-every-way person,” the Hill quotes Corker as saying. Still, the convention will be Ivanka's "biggest challenge" yet. She's tasked with convincing the 75% or so of women who have an unfavorable view of her father to take another look. “If his daughter is able to deliver, Donald Trump could have a message to hold on to as he desperately tries to peel female voters away from” Clinton, Kamisar writes. Read the full piece here. (Read more Ivanka Trump stories.)