Cotton to speak at GOP convention
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Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters Lawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip MORE (R-Ark.) on Wednesday said he plans to speak at next week's Republican National Convention.

"I do intend to be speaking at the convention," Cotton told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," adding that he was still waiting on a day and time for his speech.
 
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"I look forward to talking about our military and our veterans and what we need to do to make sure we're serving them so they can serve us," Cotton said.
 
 
Several other names have emerged as front-runners for the position, including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Speaker Newt Gingrich. 
 
Cotton, an Army veteran, on Wednesday downplayed differences between traditional GOP thinking on foreign policy and Trump's foreign policy doctrine, which some Republicans have criticized.
 
"I wouldn't necessarily say that they're that far away from a traditional Republican foreign policy, which believes in a very strong military and a robust role for America in the world," Cotton said.
 
Cotton praised Trump for raising the issue that "European NATO members are not spending what they need to maintain that common defense."
 
Cotton said he disagreed with Trump's initial comments calling for the U.S. to spend less or leave NATO, though pointed to recent remarks from Trump that he said acknowledged NATO's role.