The Republican National Convention on Sunday finally announced its schedule of speakers, and they include vanquished presidential candidate Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
As previously announced by the convention committee, Rubio will be featured in a video. He will not be appearing on stage in Cleveland.
The RNC touted its “unconventional lineup of speakers who have real-world experience.” They include business and finance figures, combat veterans, entertainers, conservative media hosts as well as thought and religious leaders and a former astronaut.
The 2016 presidential contenders vanquished in startling fashion by Trump include Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
Christie, who’s handling Trump’s transition efforts should he be elected, was a finalist for the ticket. Cruz returned to the Senate as did Rubio, who’s running for re-election.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, a number of Trump family members, the mother of an American killed in Benghazi and two soap opera stars were also on the list. So is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who had previously planned to spend all week campaigning in his home state where he faces a tough re-election fight, will speak at the convention about homeland security.
Overall, there are 14 current members of Congress listed as prime-time speakers in the program.
Melania Trump, the nominee’s wife, and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, headline Monday’s slate built around the theme “Make America Safe Again.” Ernst was once viewed as a possible vice presidential selection.>
Donald Trump, Jr. and Carson are Tuesday’s big names for the “Make America Work Again” night of speakers.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate speak on Wednesday. The night’s theme is “Make America First Again.”
Ivanka Trump, the candidate’s daughter, and Donald Trump will speak on Thursday night, the theme of which is the nominee’s signature slogan: “Make America One Again.”