GOP unveils list of speakers for next week's convention
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE's family members, close political associates and several celebrities will be among those speaking at next week's GOP convention in Cleveland.


Republican National Convention CEO Jeff Larson early Thursday released a partial list naming more than 60 individuals including Trump's wife, Melania, Trump's four adult children and political figures he's grown close to during the campaign.

Trump's children — Eric, Ivanka, Tiffany and Donald Jr. — are on the list, which also includes possible Trump running mates former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, also rumored to be a finalist to share the GOP ticket with Trump, is not on the list. A prime speaking slot is usually reserved for the vice presidential nominee.

Several speakers have been selected to generate media buzz around the event: Retired astronaut Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a space shuttle, is scheduled to speak. Football star Tim Tebow, who was reported to have a speaking slot, announced Thursday night that he would not be making an appearance.

Billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal; real estate investor Tom Barrack; and Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin will represent the tech and business communities.

Several scheduled speakers are expected to focus on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks, which Trump has used to knock Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE, who was secretary of State at the time. Mark Geist and John Tiegen were involved in security and survived the attack on the U.S. compound in Libya.

Some of the speakers had already indicated they would appear at the convention, including Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists MORE (Texas), Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senator: Unprovoked attacks on oil tankers 'warrant a retaliatory military strike' GOP senator: Unprovoked attacks on oil tankers 'warrant a retaliatory military strike' Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (Ark.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Ben Carson, who has served as a surrogate for Trump after ending his own White House bid, will also speak.

Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE (Ala.), a Trump adviser and early backer, will also speak, as well as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanIndiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Inside Biden's preparations for first debate MORE (Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoBipartisan senators propose forcing EPA to set drinking water standard for 'forever chemicals' Bipartisan senators propose forcing EPA to set drinking water standard for 'forever chemicals' August recess under threat as yearly spending bills pile up MORE (W.Va.).

Others include Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who clashed on CNN with Anderson Cooper after the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting last month; Colorado GOP Senate candidate Darryl Glenn; and the general manager of the Trump Winery in Virginia, Kerry Woolard.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is scheduled to take the stage along with Rep. Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyFox News contributor Campos-Duffy compares abortion to slavery Carson on HUD eviction plan: 'You take care of your own first' Sean Duffy, Rachel Campos-Duffy expecting their ninth child MORE (Wis.) and Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Trump puts GOP in tough spot with remarks on foreign 'dirt' MORE (Tenn.), along with Trump backers Reps. Chris Collins (N.Y.) and Ryan Zinke (Mont.).


Pastor Mark Burns
Phil Ruffin
Congressman Ryan Zinke
Pat Smith
Mark Geist
John Tiegen
Congressman Michael McCaul
Sheriff David Clarke
Congressman Sean Duffy
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
Speaker Paul Ryan
Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Kerry Woolard .
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Dr. Ben Carson
Co-Chair Sharon Day
Natalie Gulbis
Kimberlin Brown
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
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
Chairman Reince Priebus
Tom Barrack
Ivanka Trump
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
Chris Cox
Senator Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown Jon Stewart slams McConnell over 9/11 victim fund MORE
Tiffany Trump
Governor Chris Christie
Donald J. Trump Jr.
Governor Scott Walker

Updated at 11 p.m.