Trump hints at trading politicians for sports stars at convention
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE is looking to shake up the Republican convention this summer and said he's considering doing away with lengthy speeches by politicians that don't pay enough attention to the nominee.


"What I’m thinking about doing for the convention is rather [than] these politicians, you know — they're gonna get up and speak and speak and speak," Trump said at a rally in Richmond, Va., Friday. "You remember last time with [Mitt] Romney, all these politicians got up and they kept speaking and they didn’t mention Romney’s name. They spoke— one guy spoke for like 45 minutes. He never mentioned Romney's name. He said, 'Oh good luck by the way with the election,' at the end, walked off.

"Well we're going to do it a little differently, if it's OK."

"I’m thinking of getting some of the great sports people that I know that like me a lot and that I like," Trump continued. "And not even sports — we may call it the winners' evening."

Trump, who had earlier told the story of his endorsement by famed basketball coach Bobby Knight, mentioned NASCAR head Brian France and UFC fighter as potential speakers.