Pence takes stage at Republican National Convention

RNC 2016: Speakers take the stage for night 3 of convention

The third night of the Republican National Convention has started this evening from the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.

Scheduled to speak Wednesday night are Laura Ingraham, Col. Eileen Collins,Ret., Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Eric Trump, Newt and Callista Gingrich and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence.



11:11 p.m.:

Pence said Donald Trump and his team are ready to “make America great again.”

11:06 p.m.:

“We cannot have four more years of appologies to our enemies and abandoning our friends” Pence said.

Pence said Trump will rebuild our military and confront Radical Islamic terrorism.

11:05 p.m.:

Pence ripped Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy decisions.

“Lock her up” chants filled the arena.

11:04 p.m.:

Pence said this election will define the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.

11:02 p.m.:

Pence said Trump will work for the coal miners, work for education and work for Hispanics.

It will be our party and our agenda that will open the doors for every American to succeed and prosper, Pence said.

11:01 p.m.:

Pence said he and Trump will share with the American people an agenda for a “stronger and more prosperious America.”

10:59 p.m.:

Pence says our leaders need to be stronger.

This “nation will be more serious and when we do this nation will start winning again,” Pence said.

10:57 p.m.:

Pence said people in both parties are “restless for change.”

Pence called Hillary Clinton the “Secretary of the Status-quo.”


The Indiana Gov. said electing Trump would bring “huge” change to the country.

10:54 p.m.:

Pence touched on the law enforcement issues in the U.S.

“We will always stand with those that stand on the thin blue line.”

10:51 p.m.:

Pence said conservative principles work every time.


The Indiana Governor runs through a list of things he says Indiana has successfully done since he took office four years ago.

Pence said Trump is a do-er.

“He’s his own man. Destinctly American,” Pence said.

Chants of USA filled the arena.

10:41 p.m.:

Mike Pence has taken the stage at tonight’s convention.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Pence said. “I accept your nomination.”

The crowd chanted “Mike!”

“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” Pence said.

Pence said the heroes of his youth were John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Pence said when he was growing up he started as a Democrat, but became a Republican for the Reagan revolution.

“That’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Pence said.

Pence then introduced his wife to the crowd.

He also introduced his children.

“You have nominated a man for President that never quits,” Pence said about Trump.

Pence said “Americans are tired of being told.”

“Hillary Clinton will never become President of the United States of America,” Pence told the convention audience.

He said electing Clinton would mean a third Obama term.

10:38 p.m.:

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has taken the stage to introduce Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence.

Ryan said Pence is a “man of solid character.”

10:40 p.m.:

Indiana Governor and Vice Presidential nominee for the Republican party, Mike Pence, is getting ready to address the convention.

10:22 p.m.:

Newt Gingrich has taken to the stage and has endorsed Donald Trump.

Gingrich focused on what Trump will do to keep America safe.

The former House Speaker said our country is at war with Radical Islamists.

“Last week, ISIS claimed responsibility after a Tunisian man drove a cargo truck into crowd in Nice, France. He murdered 84 people, including at least 10 children and three Americans, and injured over 300 others,” Gingrich said, before listing off numerous other terror attacks in the last 37 days.

“We cannot let ourselves grow number to these accumulating atrocities.”

Trump said the Radical Islamic issue is “worse than September 11th, when 19 hijackers mudered almost 3,000 Americans.”

Gingrich said, “The cost of Hillary’s dishonesty could be the loss of America as we know it.”

“The first step forward to safety is electing a leader who will be truthful with the American people about the realities we face.”

The former House Speaker said Trump will rebuild our military, secure our borders, enforce our immigrations laws, take care of our veterans by holding bureaucrats at the Veterans Administration accountable, and will get America building again.

He also said Trump will “show zero tolerance for people calling for the death of police officers.”

10:04 p.m.:

Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s son, has taken the stage.

Eric Trump told the family together 13 months ago that he was going to run for president.

“Today my father stands before you with the most primary votes than any republican candidate in the history of our nation,” Eric Trump said.

Eric Trump said his father couldn’t stand want is happening to our country.

Eric Trump said “It’s time for a President with common sense.”

Donald Trump’s son said his father is proud of his country and “wants his country to be great again.”

Eric Trump ran through a list of different types of Americans and said, “my father is running for you.”

9:34 p.m.:

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has taken the stage.

“I’m convinced America is going to come back too,” Cruz said referring to the Cavaliers comeback in this year’s NBA Finals.

Cruz spoke about a 9-year-old girl and her relationship with her father, who was one of the Dallas Police officers killed.

“Like most children, she took for granted the love she received from her mom, Heidi, and her dad, a police sergeant named Michael Smith,” Cruz said.

Cruz said he didn’t know who Smith voted for in the last election, but knows that his life was a testament to devotion.

Cruz used the Dallas officers story to transition to talking about what America means.

“America is more than just a land mass between two oceans. America is an idea, a simple yet powerful idea: freedom matters,” Cruz said. “Our nation is exceptional because it was built on the five most powerful words in the English language: I want to be free.”

Cruz said citizens are angry at the “political establisment that cynically breaks its promises and ignores the will of the people.”

Crux said, “Hillary Clinton believes government should make virtually every choice in your life. Education, healthcare, marriage, speech – all dictated out of Washington.”

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“But something powerful is happening. We’ve seen it in both parties. We’ve seen it in the United Kingdom’s unprecedented Brexit vote to leave the European Union. Voters are overwhelmingly rejecting big government. That’s a profound victory,” the Texas senator said.

Cruz spoke about America’s immigration system.

“We deserve an immigration system that puts America first. And yes, builds a wall to keep us safe,” Cruz said.

The crowd chanted “endorse Trump” toward the end of the speech.

Cruz did not endorse the Republican presidential nominee during the speech, which led to the crowd booing.

9:29 p.m.:

Lynne Patton, Eric Trump Foundation Vice President, has taken the stage at tonight’s convention and is addressing the recent mass shootings.

Patton said Donald Trump knows that lives of all different races and sexual orientation matter.

She said, “Don’t hope for change. Be the change.”

9:13 p.m.:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken the stage.

Walker said Trump “is standing with America.”

We believe in a country where people can achieve, maintain, and enjoy their piece of the American Dream – without the government standing in the way,” Walker said.

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The crowd responded by saying “America deserves better,” after Walker asked them why.

Walker said, “America deserves better than Hillary Clinton.”

“Last August right here in Cleveland, I said that any of the Republicans running would be better than Hillary Clinton,” Walker said. “So let me be clear: a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November is a vote for Hillary Clinton.”:

The governor said we can’t wait another four years, because the consequences are too great.

9:07 p.m.:

American entrepreneur Harold Hamm is taking the stage and is speaking about America’s energy resources.

“Donald Trump will restore America’s rightful place as the energy leader of the world,” Hamm said.

Hamm spoke about American oil reserves.

9:00 p.m.:

Dr. Darrell Scott has taken the stage.

Scott is senior pastor and co-founder at New Spirit Revival Center Ministries.

Scott belives Trump is the man to serve as president.

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“The truth is Donald Trump is a conservative father and grandfather who feels his best days are in front, not behind him. Despite his accomplishments, he still feels a void, a need to serve his country and his fellow Americans,” Scott said.

“Donald Trump will rebuild the broken trust that now exists between our citizens and our government which over the last eight years has brought the rhetoric of hope, but the reality of higher minority unemployment, crime, drug use, with more civil unrest and national distress,” Scott said.

Scott said this election is one of the most crucial in the history of the United States.

8:53 p.m.:

Kentucky state senator Ralph Alvarado Jr. spoke about how is parents legally immigrated to this country.

“My father was a proud legal immigrant from Costa Rica, my mother from Argentina. Being the son of immigrants, I saw firsthand their sacrifice to provide our family a better life,” Avarado said.

Avarado said these past eight years have been a nightmare and electing Hillary Clinton will make it only worse.

“There is only one candidate who will protect it for our current and future generations,” Avarlardo said, naming Donald Trump as that man.

He then delivered a brief message in Spanish urging Hispanics to vote for Trump.

8:45 p.m.:

Small business owner Michelle Van Etten took the stage to talk about making America first by supporting the next generation of American entrepreneurs.

“I am living the American Dream,” Van Etten said.

Van Etten said, “We need to protect the American Dream above all else.”

“We need a change,” Van Etten said. “We need a president who is a businessman, not a Hillary-crat.”

The businesswoman said there is only one man who can preserve and protect the American Dream for future generation, and “that man is Donald Trump.”

8:40 p.m.:

Former shuttle astronaut Eileen Collins spoke about the need for exploration as a country.

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8:38 p.m.:

Prior to remarks from Col. Eileen Collins, Ret., Dayton’s Wright Brothers were mentioned in a video highlighting some of the historic moments of flight and space.

8:30 p.m.:

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is speaking about the importance of restoring the rule of law following Obama’s 8-year adminstration.

Bondi said November is when American feels safe again, because that’s when “America wins again.”

Bondi said Trump will take control of America’s border to stop the influx of illegal drugs entering our country.

Trump will appoint conservative justices that will defend the U.S. Constitution, Bondi said.

“If you believe in the rule of law…there is only one choice in this election, Donald Trump,” Bondi said.

8:24 p.m.:

Businessman Phil Ruffin has taken the stage and is speaking about his personal experience working with Donald Trump.

“He’s put 10’s of thousands of Americans to work,” Ruffin said.

“He will think of the country,” Ruffin said refering to Trump. “He is a leader that wants to lead this country.”

Ruffin said Trump told him he was going to fix “our system.”

8:06 p.m.:

Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham has taken the stage and is talking about the importance of respect for the Constitution and spoke about her family.

“My parents didn’t believe there were jobs that Americans wouldn’t do,” Ingraham said. “My parents flew the flag at our house. And not just on the Fourth of July.”

Ingraham said many in public office don’t enforce the law, specifically pointing out Hillary Clinton.

“We deserve better, and we can do better,” she said. “Many in public office don’t respect or enforce the rule of law. Isn’t that right Mrs. Clinton.”

Ingraham said, “Let’s give the power back to the people.”

8:00 p.m.:

Florida Governor Rick Scott was the first to take the stage on the third night of the convention.

Scott thanked the country for their support following the attack at an Orlando night club.

“Thank you,” Scott said.

Scott asked how many more terrorist attacks it will take before President Obama faces the problem.

“This problem is real and it’s here in America,” Scott said.

Scott said Donald Trump is the man that can help lead the country to defeat ISIS.

The Florida Governor said this election is about keeping the ‘American Dream’ a reality.

7:35 p.m.:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has called the convention to order for night three of the convention.

Laura Ingraham is scheduled to be the first speaker of the night.

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