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Paul Ryan Will Address Republican Convention

Speaker will outline House GOP agenda, call on party to unite

Speaker Paul D. Ryan will address the delegates at the Republican convention in Cleveland next week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While a full list speakers at Republican National Convention has not yet been released, we now know that the House speaker will be one.  

An aide to Speaker Paul D. Ryan confirmed to Roll Call that he will give a 10-minute speech on party unity and the House Republican agenda. Politico first reported Ryan's plan in an interview published Monday.   

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The Ryan aide said the speech will cover “the sharp contrast between Republican ideas and four more years of Obama-like progressive policies; and the need for conservatives to unite around Republican candidates in advance of a critical election.”  

The Wisconsin Republican has been critical of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric, casting uncertainty over what Ryan's role would be at the convention.   

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Trump's children have either been named by the Trump campaign as speakers or have said themselves that they will address the convention.

Other likely speakers include former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Lindsey McPherson and Simone Pathé contributed to this report.

Contact Smith at  jeremysmith@cqrollcall.com   and follow him on Twitter  @JeremySilkSmith .

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