Election Live Updates: Mike Pence headlines night 3 of RNC

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Election Live Updates: Mike Pence headlines night 3 of RNC
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Vice President Mike Pence delivered the marquee speech Wednesday night at the Republican convention, making the case for another four years for President Donald Trump and laying the foundation for his own potential White House run in 2024.

Vice President Mike Pence delivered the marquee speech Wednesday night at the Republican convention, making the case for another four years for President Donald Trump and laying the foundation for his own potential White House run in 2024.

Kellyanne Conway, one of the most visible representatives of the Trump administration, also made a convention appearance days before she leaves the White House.

The overall theme of the convention, "Honoring the Great American Story," will highlight "the promise and greatness of America" and Trump's "leadership and what he has planned for the future."

Each night will also have a sub-theme; on Wednesday the theme of the night was: "Land of Heroes."

Speakers on Wednesday:

Vice President Mike Pence

Second Lady Karen Pence

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem

Representative Dan Crenshaw (TX-02)

Representative Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

Representative Lee Zeldin (NY-01)

Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell

The Honorable Kellyanne Conway

The Honorable Keith Kellogg

Jack Brewer

Sister Dede Byrne

Madison Cawthorn

Scott Dane

Clarence Henderson

Ryan Holets

Michael McHale

Burgess Owens

Lara Trump

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Trump makes surprise RNC appearance

President Donald Trump has made a surprise appearance at Baltimore's Fort McHenry following Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the Republican National Convention.

The president, first lady, Pence and Pence's wife stood on stage with their hands over their hearts as country music star Trace Adkins performed "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Trump didn't make any comments at the podium, but after the national anthem, he and the first lady greeted people in the audience, chatting with supporters while standing a few feet away.

Pence was delivering the evening's keynote from Fort McHenry, where Americans defended Baltimore Harbor from the British in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Pence denounces violence, doesn't mention Blake

Vice President Mike Pence is denouncing violence in American streets but not acknowledging the Black people who have been injured or killed by law enforcement.

In his speech to the Republican National Convention of Wednesday, Pence brought up the violence that erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting by police of Jacob Blake.

A white 17-year-old police admirer was arrested earlier Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide after two people were shot to death during a third straight night of protests in Kenosha over Blake's shooting.

Blake was shot in the back seven times on Sunday as he leaned into his SUV, three of his children seated inside. His family says he is paralyzed from the waist down.

Pence, accepting the GOP nomination for vice president, said, "The violence must stop, whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha." He added, "We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color."

Former Jets player, Black conservative speaks at RNC

A Black conservative running for a Utah congressional seat says America needs more leaders like President Donald Trump who stand by their principles, won't compromise and who "will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left."

On Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, Burgess Owens decried civil unrest that's followed some racial injustice protests and said America is at a crossroads in November.

He declared, "Mobs torch our cities while popular members of Congress promote the same socialism my father fought against in World War II."

Cawthorn urges people to be radical for liberty

A young Republican congressional candidate from North Carolina is decrying "the radical left" but urging Americans to "to be a radical" for freedom, liberty and the republic.

Twenty-five-year-old Madison Cawthorn made the comments in an address at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

Despite criticizing the "radical left" Cawthorn ended his speech by calling on people "who love our country" to "be a radical for freedom, be a radical for liberty, be a radical for our republic."

Cawthorn, who is white, says national leaders on the left have embraced "radicalized identity politics" that rejects the vision of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Cawthorn says millions of people risk their lives to come to the U.S. "because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream," and urged people to join the GOP as "the party of freedom" that ensures the American dream for all people.

Cawthorn's comments referring to immigrants and refugees stand in stark contrast to Trump's actions to cut the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. to historic lows.

At the end of his speech, Cawthorn, who uses a wheelchair, stood up with the help of a walker.

Rep. Lee Zeldin speaks at the RNC

Rep. Lee Zeldin, who represents parts of Long Island, speaks on night three of the at the Republican National Convention about obtaining sufficient PPE during the COVID crisis.

Trump backer facing trading charge speaks at RNC

A supporter of President Donald Trump's who is charged with insider trading ended up speaking at the Republican National Convention after all.

The campaign would not definitively say earlier Wednesday whether Jack Brewer, a former professional football player and a member of Black Voices for Trump, would speak. But he did address the convention on Wednesday night.

Brewer argued that not liking Trump's tone was not enough to merit a vote for Democrat Joe Biden.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused Brewer this month of illegal insider trading in the stock of a small company that operated a communications network for police. Brewer's investment advisory firm is registered with the SEC.

Kellyanne Conway speaks at RNC days after White House departure announcement

Kellyanne Conway is making her exit. One of the longest-serving advisers to President Donald Trump spoke of "everyday heroes" on Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention. But it was also something of a farewell address as she steps away, she said, to spend more time with her family.

Second Lady Karen Pence speaks at RNC

Before her husband closes out the evening, Karen Pence spoke at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

The second lady has been hitting the campaign trail on behalf of the president and her husband Vice President Mike Pence this year.

An evangelical Christian and former first lady of Indiana, Pence is seen as speaking particularly to suburban women and combined politics and faith into her remarks.

McEnany says Trump supported her amid mastectomy

One of President Donald Trump's most visible and vocal supporters says her boss's empathy for the changes in her life portray the type of world she wants for her daughter.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday night during the Republican National Convention that Trump has supported her "both as a new mom and as an American with a preexisting condition."

McEnany underwent a preventative mastectomy in 2018 after learning she carried a genetic mutation that enhanced her chances for breast cancer.

Despite claiming he has ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance, Trump's administration has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law, which provides health insurance protections for people with preexisting medical problems.

McEnany, who has a 9-month-old child, said, "I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America."

NY Congresswoman speaks at RNC

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik speaks on night three of the at the Republican National Convention about impeachment.

"I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump and most importantly, the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you - your voice and your vote," she said.

Noem paints dark picture of US under Dem leaders

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is echoing many of her fellow Republicans' dark portrayal of America under Democratic leadership who have spoken at the Republican National Convention this week.

But she's doing so as she elevates her national profile with some talk of her running for president in 2024.

Noem on Wednesday night broadly cast cities governed by Democrats as "being overrun by violent mobs," as many have before her on the two previous nights of the convention.

Noem has crept into the national conservative discussion by appearing regularly on Fox News in the past year after installing a satellite television link-up in her office in remote Pierre, South Dakota, and consulting often with former Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski.

Noem did not mention her praise of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, a position that won her praise from President Trump, as did her lifting of the ban on fireworks at Mount Rushmore where she appeared with Trump for an Independence Day weekend rally in July.

Goya CEO removed as GOP convention speaker

A speaker who had been expected to deliver remarks on the third night of the Republican National Convention has been unexpectedly removed from the program hours before airtime. Another speaker's appearance is up in the air.

The campaign confirmed that Robert Unanue, the president and CEO of Goya Foods, will not be speaking Wednesday night, citing a "logistical problem."

Unanue's praise of President Donald Trump at the White House last month sparked a boycott of his company's products.

Kamala Harris plans speech condemning Trump hours before president accepts renomination

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Thursday plans a speech condemning President Donald Trump, hours before he is set to accept renomination for a second term, for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris will detail a "profound failure of leadership" from Trump and highlight proposals by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to control the virus and confront the economic fallout, Biden's campaign told The Associated Press.

With Trump planning an evening address from the White House lawn, Harris' afternoon remarks from Washington will be the Democrats' main counter to the president on the final day of the Republicans' convention.


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