Another steady lineup of high-profile politicians is on deck to take the stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, the night after Donald Trump became the official Republican nominee.
The lineup includes Trump’s running mate, a could-have-been running mate and three former rivals.
Here’s a look at the major politicians on the schedule Wednesday.
Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence
The Indiana Governor was chosen to reassure the Republican base with his socially conservative credentials, but he’ll likely spend more of his time talking about Trump. His speech will be a preview of some of the themes that Trump will hit Thursday night and through November. The speech will also be Pence’s chance to introduce himself to Americans. Nearly half of respondents in a recent poll said that they did not know enough to have an opinion on him.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
The former Speaker has been out of office since the late 1990s, but he’s been a regular presence on cable news networks since then. Gingrich ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, then made his way to the final round of the vice presidential shortlist. Gingrich will be joined by his wife, Callista.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
The second-term Governor beat back a recall attempt which helped build his national profile and seemed like a rising star heading into 2016, but he was an early casualty of the crowded Republican primary. Walker then backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump and helped lift the Texan to a victory in Wisconsin. Walker’s tweeted endorsement of Trump later on was tepid, though he praised the selection of Pence.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
Another former rising star, the first-term Senator was one of the last Republican presidential candidates to drop after Trump beat him in his own home state. Rubio had long insisted that he would not run for re-election to the Senate, but he recently changed his mind. He has opted to stay away from the convention, however, and will appear only on video.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
Trump’s last major rival, the first-term Senator has yet to endorse Trump, making his speech tonight something of a wild card. If Trump loses, Cruz would likely mount a second campaign for the White House in 2020.
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