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Decision 2020: What to watch for at the Republican National Convention

Editor’s note: As part of our continuing coverage of the Republican and Democrat national conventions, Baptist Press is laying out the convention schedule and analyzing the two parties’ platforms, as well as stories covering the major acceptance speeches and any other news that may come from the meetings in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE (BP) — Republicans are set to re-nominate Donald Trump as their nominee for President this week in a convention designed to support and celebrate “the Republican Party’s winning leader.”

Committed to “Honoring the Great American Story,” delegates will conduct business and cast their ballots in Charlotte. But as was the case at the DNC last week, there will be no mass crowds or live performances in the convention hall. Each state has been limited to a six-person delegation.

Also, in a departure from the norm, there will be no Republican platform this year. The RNC released a resolution Saturday stating “due to strict restrictions on gatherings and meetings, and out of concern for the safety of convention attendees and our hosts” they will forego the formation and adoption of a platform.

President Trump is expected to accept his nomination from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday night, with other speakers delivering speeches from locations around Washington D.C. First Lady Melania Trump will speak from the Rose Garden at the White House, and Vice President Mike Pence will accept his nomination from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the site of the 1814 battle that inspired what became “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Notable speakers scheduled for the convention include:


  • Senator Tim Scott
  • Former Ambassador Nikki Haley
  • Charlie Kirk
  • Donald Trump Jr.


  • First Lady Melania Trump
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • Senator Rand Paul
  • Governor Kim Reynolds


  • Vice President Mike Pence
  • Senator Marsha Blackburn
  • Congressman Dan Crenshaw
  • Kellyanne Conway


  • President Donald Trump
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson
  • Senator Mitch McConnell
  • Rev. Franklin Graham

As was the case with the DNC, the RNC will only be televised over broadcast channels for the final hour each night beginning at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Cable news networks and online platforms will have expanded coverage of the event.

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