Republican National Convention Day 3: What time, what channel; live stream; who is speaking tonight

The third day of the Republican National Convention will see former foes, a vice presidential candidate and another Trump speaking at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

"Make America First Again," the theme for the day, will serve as a backdrop to make the case that Donald Trump can restore American leadership around the world, according to the RNC website.

Speaking tonight will be Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, both of whom ran against Trump in the Republican primaries. Newt Gingrich, who was rumored to be among those considered for Trump’s running mate, will also speak, along with his wife, Calista.

The highlight of the evening is expected to be vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s speech. Eric Trump will also speak Wednesday night about his father.

Here's a guide to Wednesday's coverage of the GOP convention. 

When is it?

It continues Wednesday and ends Thursday after Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech.

Where is it?

The convention is being held in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Quicken Loans Arena.

What time is it on?

The convention starts at 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday; the main speakers will be seen in primetime (probably starting around 8 p.m.).

What channel is it on?   

If you are looking for gavel-to-gavel TV coverage, C-SPAN is the place you probably want to be. According to the network, they will began coverage at 11 a.m. and will  include  a pre-primetime convention show at 7 p.m. ET each night.

What about TV?

For the cable channels:

MSNBC will have 20 hours of daily, live reporting from the RNC. 

RNC-TV is an offering by some cable and satellite providers.  The channel will present all-day coverage of the convention. Ask your cable/satellite provider if they are offering it. It will be called either “RNC” or “RNCTV.” 

CNN is broadcasting from the convention center with 24 hours of live programing. At 9 p.m. ET,  “America’s Choice 2016,” will focus on those speaking in primetime. Look for CNN’s digital coverage, too, with CNNgo, Snapchat coverage, and CNNVR.

Fox News is broadcasting from the convention with coverage throughout the day. It’s primetime coverage begins at 7 p.m. and closes out the day with a 2-hour “Hannity” beginning at 11 p.m. ET each night.

The Networks:

The three major networks, NBC, ABC and CBS, will host an hour of coverage during the convention’s primetime.

CBS News — Campaign 2016 coverage from 10 to 11 p.m. ET.

ABC News — “Your Voice Your Vote” from 10 to 11 p.m. ET

NBC News — Primetime coverage from 10 to 11 p.m. ET

Can I keep up online?

You can watch it on our site, here. Also, you can download the official RNC app,  provided by Google. The live stream will get you a 360-degree view of the Quicken Loans Arena. Plus other extras like bios and a list of speakers. Twitter will be live streaming with CBS News to stream CBSN's coverage of the RNC. 

YouTube is offering a live stream, click here to see it.  

FOX News and C-Span are also live streaming, via Facebook. According to, Facebook has invited 22 companies to use their lounge to broadcast live video of the RNC.    


Tonight’s theme is “Make America First Again.”  

Here’s a full list of speakers for the third day of the convention.

  • Laura Ingraham, radio host
  • Phil Ruffin, businessman
  • Pam Bondi, attorney general of Florida  the federal health care law.
  • Eileen Collins, astronaut (retired)
  • Michelle Van Etten, small business owner
  • Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado, Jr.  
  • Darrell Scott, pastor
  • Harold Hamm, Continental Resources
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
  • Lynne Patton, The Eric Trump Foundation  
  • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
  • Eric Trump, executive vice president of The Trump Organization
  • Newt and Callista Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and his wife
  • Indiana Governor Mike Pence

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