CLEVELAND – Rep. Chris Collins will deliver Tuesday the first of two speeches seconding the nomination of Donald J. Trump as the Republican candidate for president.
Convention organizers and the Trump campaign asked Collins to deliver a three-minute speech on behalf of Trump at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, the Clarence Repoublican said Monday morning.
“I’m very happy about this,” Collins said. “I’m sure a lot of people will be just tuning in.”
Collins – the first member of the House to endorse the New York businessman – said he expected to discuss the impact that free trade deals have had on Western New York. That’s a theme that echoes with what Trump talks about on the campaign trail: America’s trade deals have been bad for the country.
Collins said he also expected to discuss border security and defeating ISIS during his brief speech, which he planned to begin writing Monday.
“They told me: ‘Here’s a couple talking points. Go for it,’ ” Collins said.
Collins was announced as one of the convention speakers last week, but he said he only found out about his exact role Monday morning.
He said he did not know who would precede him with the more prominent role of placing Trump’s name into nomination.
While Collins’ speech will be brief, he said he preferred seconding Trump’s nomination to being just one of a long list of prime-time speakers with more time at the podium later in the evening.
At the same time, though, Collins acknowledged his speech will have to be concise.
“Three minutes passes very quickly,” he said.