The Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention are the gatherings at which delegates from across the country will choose their nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2016 national election.
The Republican National Convention opened Monday in Cleveland, Ohio with a display of division that forced party leaders to put down a floor fight with Trump opponents.
Trump made an electrifying entrance into the Quicken Loans Arena, using a cloud of blue smoke to introduce his wife Melania Trump.
In a rare public speaking role during Trump’s primary campaign, Melania Trump touted her husband’s personal qualities. Her speech has been said to have plagiarized Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech, using the same tone and many of the same words.
Former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, brought delegates to their feet. In his speech, he touted Trump’s 30-year friendship and generosity, saying the real estate mogul has contributed to causes anonymously. Other speakers included Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., daughter Tiffany Trump and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was not in attendance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort thinks that’s a shame.“He’s hurting his state. He’s embarrassing his state, frankly,” Manafort said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Kasich, one of Trump’s rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, is among several prominent Republicans who were not in attendance. Former Presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; the party’s last two White House nominees, Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney also skipped the affair.
The Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia from July 25th to July 28th. “Hillary for America” and the Democratic National Convention Committee has announced a diverse range of everyday Americans who will share their stories and experiences at the convention of an America that is stronger together. Additional speakers, including national leaders, advocates and celebrities will be announced in the coming days. At the Democratic National Convention, the diverse experiences and voices of Americans from across the country will be shared with millions of Americans; a grandmother from New Hampshire raising her grandson because his parents are suffering from drug addiction; a director of a non-profit community group in Pennsylvania that educates youth to prevent gun violence; a gold star widow from Texas and a mother from Ohio who works two jobs to pay off student loans and raise their kids.