GOP Formally Nominates President Trump For Reelection On First Day Of RNC


Monday, August 24th 2020, 11:20 am
By: CBS News


Republicans formally nominated President Trump for reelection on the opening day of the Republican National Convention, with the president securing a majority of GOP delegates Monday afternoon.

Delegates convened in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a roll call vote, during which they officially cast votes to renominate Vice President Mike Pence and Mr. Trump, who arrived in North Carolina shortly before the vote.

Mr. Trump is set to deliver his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination from the White House on Thursday. Pence appeared before the convention in Charlotte following his unanimous renomination as vice president to address attendees. The vice president will deliver his acceptance speech at Fort McHenry in Maryland on Wednesday night.

"I'm here for one reason, and one reason only," Pence said. "And that is not just the Republican Party, but America needs four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House."

Unlike during the Democratic National Convention last week, where delegates appeared remotely from their home states to cast their votes for president and nominated Joe Biden, Republican delegates convened in-person for a scaled-back convention.

While official party business is set to take place during the day in Charlotte, Republican lawmakers, members of the Trump family and Americans are set to deliver speeches across more than two hours of programming each night. Monday's schedule includes former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Donald Trump Jr., and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will close out the night's festivities.

First published on August 24, 2020 / 12:20 PM

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