Here’s what to look for today at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Mike Pence’s debut: The vice presidential acceptance speech is one of the key moments of every convention, and this one is no different. In fact, it might be more important than usual, given that Trump unveiled Pence on a Saturday morning when most people probably weren’t watching television. Expect to see a remarkably different politician than Trump: a genial Midwestern with a low-key but effective way of communicating on television.
Donald Trump returns: Trump appeared via video at the convention on Tuesday – and he said he would see everybody again on Wednesday. To say that this is unprecedented would be, well, accurate. But given how Trump upstaged the unveiling of his own running mate at a press conference on Saturday, it’s fair to ask whether Trump will do the very same thing Wednesday night.
The 2020/2024 sweepstakes: The GOP convention has been unusually weak on big names, but three past and potentially future presidential candidates will speak tonight: Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Each failed in his own special way during the 2016 primaries: Cruz with his viciousness, Rubio with his repetitiveness and Walker with his understated way of not getting noticed. Will any of them improve on the biggest stage they’ve ever seen? We’ll see.
Another Trump son: Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization and the most prominent of his children, will take the stage in the wake of the extraordinarily effective speech delivered by his brother, Donald Trump Jr. If Eric Trump does as well as his brother did, look for talk of a second Trump generation entering politics – and look for Donald Trump to benefit from his own impressive family.
Newt, jilted: Newt and Callista Gingrich will speak Wednesday as well, and it should be fascinating, because Newt is always fascinating. He’s been a good soldier since losing out in Trump’s VP sweepstakes, but with Newt – like Trump, sort of – you never know quite what you’re going to hear next. Tonight, we’ll find out.