RNC: Week in Review

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The Republican National Convention is all wrapped up after four historic days in Cleveland, Ohio. 

A week that started with Melania Trump’s speech that inspired many but, had its own controversy heard around the world.

Filled with excitement, the Republican National Convention also kicked off Monday with a delegate revolt.

Some delegates wanting a roll call to approve the party rules, claiming that the RNC wasn’t listening.

Then later that night, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump took the stage. 

It didn’t take long for the country to notice the similarities between her speech and First Lady Michelle Obama’s DNC speech in 2008.

“The words that she said were sincere. It’s unfortunate that her speech writer used some of the words that were used before but, they were sincere,” said Dick Dever, GOP Delegate, North Dakota.

The speech writer offered her resignation but, the Trumps did not accept.

Then on Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz made his speech, purposely omitting an endorsement for the nominee Donald Trump.

“I think it was a missed opportunity for him for the future. He’d make a great Supreme Court Justice but I don’t think that’s going to happen now,” said Bill Lawrence, GOP Delegate, Vermont.

Vice Presidential Nominee Governor Mike Pence of Indiana also took the state with a well-received speech.   

“Hopefully, things in Washington can be done the way the Indiana has done. Lower taxes, we have a surplus, not only a balanced budget but a surplus,” said Rich Martin, GOP Delegate, Indiana.

Thursday was all about Trump, of course.

His daughter, Ivanka gave the introduction followed by a speech that lasted over an hour. 

We’re really more concerned about the principles of the party moving forward. I came with an open mind willing to listen to trump, I’m not there yet. I’m very clear that I’m not going to be voting for Hillary Clinton,” said Janssen Willhoit, GOP Delegate, Vermont. 

“We’re coming out of this convention unified. We’re going back with a Trump message,” added Lawrence.

Next week the focus switches to the Democrats at the Democratic National Convention.

All next week you can see Local 22 & 44’s Staci DaSilva reporting from Philadelphia at the DNC.

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