2016 RNC Live Blog: Day 1 of GOP Convention Preps for Kickoff

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By TWC News Staff

CLEVELAND — Monday kicks off the first official day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

In the morning, members of the each state’s delegation will participate in welcome breakfasts.

At 1 p.m. the convention comes to order and delegates begin to conduct procedural business.

During the evening session, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will highlight the list of speakers that includes actor Scott Baio and Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty.”

Time Warner Cable News and NY1 will be asking the question: “Are delegates and protesters exercising their Second Amendment rights and carrying firearms?”

We’ll also take a look at what actually happens during the procedural work of delegates and keep you updated on any protest activities taking place.



The speaker schedule for Monday goes as follows:

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  • Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, star of Duck Dynasty
  • Gov. Rick Perry, Former Governor of Texas
  • Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL
  • Scott Baio, Actor and Television Producer
  • Pat Smith, Mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith
  • Mark Geist, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Fought in Battle of Benghazi
  • John Tiegen, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Fought in Battle of Benghazi
  • Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis, The Brian Terry Foundation
  • Antonio Sabato Jr., Actor
  • Mary Ann Mendoza, Immigration Reform Advocate
  • Sabine Durden, Immigration Reform Advocate
  • Jamiel Shaw, Immigration Reform Advocate
  • U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, TX-10
  • David Clarke, Sheriff of Milwaukee County
  • U.S. Representative Sean Duffy, WI-7
  • Rachel Campos Duffy, The LIBRE Initiative
  • Darryl Glenn, El Paso County Commissioner
  • U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas
  • Karen Vaughn, Mother of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL
  • U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama
  • Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City
  • Melania Trump, Businesswoman and wife of Donald Trump
  • Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, U.S. Army, retired
  • U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
  • Jason Beardsley, Concerned Veterans for America
  • U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, R-Montana

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