Tuesday's Republican National Convention speakers featured more politicians and fewer celebrities. It was also a showcase for the Trump family, with both the young Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. taking the floor. Here are a few our our superlative awards:
Best Speech: Donald Trump Jr., hands down. As the Executive Vice President for the Trump Organization, Donald Jr. got rave reviews for delivering a speech that effortlessly melded the personal with policy. He talked about working for Trump enterprises since he was 14, and how the ground-floor, on-the-job opportunities father gave him led to his ability to drive construction equipment as well as cars. Donald Jr.'s eloquent delivery and ability to humanize his father as a businessman scored big points with the audience. He made strong arguments against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. Moreover, he captured the promise of a future America under his father's leadership and had people standing on their feet and cheering by the end. Some political pundits afterward suggested that no matter what happens to Trump in the presidential election, junior has a bright future in politics ahead of him.
Most Humanizing Speech: Tiffany Trump, a 22-year-old recent college graduate, did the best job of humanizing her father as a "natural-born encourager." She talked about how he left handwritten notes on her report cards and was a shoulder to lean on when someone she cared for died. She said, "I always look forward to introducing him to my friends, especially the ones with preconceived notions because they meet a man with natural charm and no facade. In person, my father is so friendly, so considerate, so funny, and so real."
Strongest Attack Speech: Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor was the prime time point man whose job it was to tear down opponent Hillary Clinton. He effectively drew in the crowd in a forceful prosecution of Clinton, laying almost every major diplomatic failing in the Obama administration at her feet. Audience members responded over and over that she was "Guilty!" of a variety of crimes as Secretary of State.
Today’s theme at the Republican convention is “Make America First Again.” Headliners include Trump son Eric, and VP running mate Mike Pence. Former Republican primary candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz will also take the stage. The prime time program starts at 7 p.m.
Here are the speakers for Wednesday:
Laura Ingraham, conservative radio host at The Laura Ingraham Show.
Phil Ruffin, businessman, owner of convenience stores as hotels in six states.
Pam Bondi, attorney general of Florida since 2011.
Eileen Collins, retired astronaut who flew in four Space Shuttle missions.
Michelle Van Etten, small business owner.
Ralph Alvarado, Jr., Kentucky state senator.
Darrell Scott, senior pastor and co-founder of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries.
Harold Hamm, of Continental Resources, a Top 10 oil producer in the contiguous United States.
Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor and candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Lynne Patton, vice president of The Eric Trump Foundation and senior assistant to Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.
Marco Rubio, R-Florida, U.S. senator and candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Ted Cruz, R-Texas, U.S. senator and candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, founder of the Eric Trump Foundation.
Newt and Callista Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and his wife. Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia production company.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Indiana governor and Trump's vice presidential running mate.