CLEVELAND (AP) – There are war heroes, a casino magnate and even an underwear model in the lineup, yet Donald Trump is relying heavily on his party’s establishment to fill the speaking program for next week’s Republican National Convention.
The presumptive presidential nominee has approved a convention program that features at least 20 current or former elected officials including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Ted Cruz. Noticeably absent from a list obtained by The Associated Press early Thursday are the athletes and A-List celebrities Trump’s team long suggested would help make his nominating convention unlike any other.
Yet there is no shortage of political outsiders.
The list, published by the New York Times, includes:
- Tuesday night, Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship will talk about the economy.
- Wednesday night, Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz both take the stage.
- Thursday, Tim Tebow and Governor Rick Scott will both speak, before Donald Trump talks to the delegates.
Speakers will also include four of Trump’s children, Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin, and actor and former underwear model Antonio Sabàto Jr.
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