RNC Day 3: America Meets Mike Pence

VP nominee to speak, as well as Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Eric Trump
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2016 7:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Day 3 of the Republican National Convention has been dubbed "Make America First Again" day, and a new slew of speakers will speak to that mission Wednesday evening at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, USA Today reports. Indiana governor and now VP nominee Mike Pence will get his moment in the spotlight, where he'll need to make inroads with the American public: A CBS News poll taken July 8-12 found that 86% of voters either don't know enough about him to form an opinion or are undecided on how they feel. A trio that Trump defeated for the GOP nomination will also speak at the convention: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and (via video) Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Former VP hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, will also appear to make one of the night's final speeches.

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Meanwhile, Eric Trump will offer words in his role as, per USA Today, the "obligatory Trump family representative." The New York Times notes that an imperative for the GOP on Wednesday is to simply pull off a single day "without unwanted distraction or unforced errors" in the wake of some convention floor discord (an "open revolt" Monday, Alaska contesting its vote count Tuesday) and the Melania Trump plagiarism to-do. A bunch of "Trump allies" will take the stage before the main speakers, including Fox News regular Laura Ingraham and nutritional supplement marketer Michelle Van Etten, and Vox notes that "while odds are they won't ruffle any feathers, there's potential for some wackadoo hijinks." The Times also wonders if Cruz will "play nice," as well as whether Trump will make yet another cameo and try to top his "professional wrestling-style entrance" from Monday and his presence via video feed on Tuesday. (It's doubtful Trump's running mate will address the failed Trump/Pence logo.)

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