5 from Wisconsin set to speak at Republican National Convention in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND — There are war heroes, a casino magnate and even an underwear model in the lineup, yet Donald Trump is relying heavily on his party's establishment to fill the speaking program for next week's Republican National Convention.

The presumptive presidential nominee has approved a convention program that features at least 20 current or former elected officials including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Ted Cruz.

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

Wisconsin has several other speakers scheduled in the lineup including:

  • Gov. Scott Walker
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
  • Congressman Sean Duffy
  • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker

Clarke

Rep. Sean Duffy

Rep. Sean Duffy

Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus

Noticeably absent from a list obtained by The Associated Press early Thursday, July 14th are the athletes and A-List celebrities Trump's team long suggested would help make his nominating convention unlike any other.

Yet there is no shortage of political outsiders.

Speakers will include four of Trump's children, Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin, and actor and former underwear model Antonio Sabàto Jr.

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Other names on the list to speak include:

  • Pastor Mark Burns
  • Congressman Ryan Zinke
  • Pat Smith
  • Mark Geist
  • John Tiegen
  • Congressman Michael McCaul
  • Darryl Glenn
  • Senator Tom Cotton
  • Karen Vaughn
  • Governor Mike Huckabee
  • Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • Melania Trump
  • Senator Joni Ernst
  • Kathryn Gates-Skipper
  • Marcus Luttrell
  • Dana White
  • Governor Asa Hutchinson
  • Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
  • Michael Mukasey
  • Andy Wist
  • Senator Jeff Sessions
  • Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
  • Alex Smith
  • Congressman Kevin McCarthy
  • Kerry Woolard
  • Senator Shelley Moore Capito
  • Dr. Ben Carson
  • Co-Chair Sharon Day
  • Natalie Gulbis
  • Kimberlin Brown
  • Peter Thiel
  • Eileen Collins
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Michelle Van Etten
  • Lynne Patton
  • Eric Trump
  • Harold Hamm
  • Congressman Chris Collins
  • Brock Mealer
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
  • Governor Mary Fallin
  • Darrell Scott
  • Lisa Shin
  • Governor Rick Scott
  • Tom Barrack
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Attorney General Pam Bondi
  • Jerry Falwell Jr.
  • Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
  • Chris Cox
  • Senator Mitch McConnell
  • Tiffany Trump
  • Governor Chris Christie
  • Donald J. Trump Jr.

Each night of the four-night gathering in Cleveland will center on a different theme, such as security, immigration and the economy -- and could include presentations on controversial material such as former President Bill Clinton's past infidelities.

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The first night's focus will be on security and immigration, with discussions of the Benghazi attack and the U.S. border. Speakers include Jamiel Shaw, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant, and Cotton. And, as first reported by Fox News, Benghazi attack survivors Mark Geist and John Tiegen will also speak at the convention.

On the second night, speakers will emphasize the economy. Presenters include Dana White, the UFC president, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, whose name has appeared on some VP shortlists, and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will also speak, in addition to Donald Trump Jr. and Tiffany Trump.

The third night includes a slot for the vice presidential nominee to speak with no name listed, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is also slated for earlier that evening. Also speaking will be Sen. Tex Cruz, Eileen Collins, a pioneering woman astronaut, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was thrust into the national spotlight following the Orlando terror attacks.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Trump will speak on the fourth and final night.

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