CLEVELAND, Ohio – The planned speakers at the Republican National Convention include Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Peter Thiel, the billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
The roster of speakers starting Monday is a colorful mix of political leaders, entertainers, personalities and Donald Trump family members — in keeping with his campaign’s unorthodox style, first reported by The New York Times.
The convention released an official “partial list” Thursday, which did not include Tebow, though CNN confirmed his spot with a Trump adviser.
That list indicates that two notable Oklahomans will be speaking at the convention: Gov. Mary Fallin and Continental CEO Harold Hamm.
“I’m excited to be chosen as a speaker at next week’s Republican National Convention,” Gov. Fallin said. “This will be the third straight convention that I will be speaking, and it truly is an honor and a privilege to be among some great speakers. As co-chairman of the Republican National Convention’s platform committee, I look forward to talking about how our party is going to unite around the principles and policies expressed in the platform and how we are going to leave Cleveland as a unified party.”
Each night of the four-night gathering in Cleveland will center on a different theme, the Times said, such as security, immigration and the economy — and could include presentations on controversial material such as former President Bill Clinton’s past infidelities.
The first night’s focus will be on security and immigration, with discussions of the Benghazi attack and the U.S. border. Speakers include Jamiel Shaw, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant, and Cotton. And, as first reported by Fox News, Benghazi attack survivors Mark Geist and John Tiegen will also speak at the convention.
On the second night, speakers will emphasize the economy. Presenters include Dana White, the UFC president, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, whose name has appeared on some VP shortlists, and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will also speak, in addition to Donald Trump Jr. and Tiffany Trump.
The third night includes a slot for the vice presidential nominee to speak with no name listed, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is also slated for earlier that evening. Also speaking will be Sen. Ted Cruz, Eileen Collins, a pioneering woman astronaut, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was thrust into the national spotlight following the Orlando terror attacks.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Trump will speak on the fourth and final night. Earlier speakers include The Times report about Tebow, the decorated college football quarterback, RNC Chair Reince Priebus, business leaders such as Thiel, and daughter Ivanka Trump, who has served as a leading voice in her father’s inner circle.
A number of other Republican lawmakers, business leaders, and celebrities are also slated to appear. Notably, many Republican leaders have also said they will skip the convention, a list that includes former President Bush 41 and 43, former GOP presidential nominees Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney, and several current GOP lawmakers.