As someone who was the point person for several GOP conventions for the candidate for president I can say the party strives to control the message for each night and to stage memorable moments.
Here is what to look for this week:
Monday’s Theme: “Make America Safe Again.”
From attacks on our own soil and overseas to the tragedy in Benghazi, the policies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have left us vulnerable. Our immigration system is broken, leaving our country open to security threats and the negative consequences of illegal immigration. A Donald Trump administration will listen to and learn from our nation’s heroes who have put themselves in harm’s way and pursue a national security strategy and foreign policy that will strengthen our military and make America safe again.
Watch for the early speakers to tell the American people the difference it makes to have a POTUS that tells the American people the truth and who leads us through crisis and tries her best to prevent it.
Mother of Benghazi victim, Sean Smith. Patricia (Pat) Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, who was killed during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Ever since that night, Smith has sought to learn the truth behind the events that led to the death of four Americans, including her only child.
, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Fought in Battle of Benghazi. Mark “Oz” Geist was a member of the Annex Security Team that fought the Battle of Benghazi in Libya from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2012. A Colorado native, Geist joined the United States Marine Corps in 1984 and served for 12 years.
, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Fought in Battle of Benghazi. John “Tig” Tiegen was a member of the Annex Security Team that fought during the attack in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. He is responsible for saving many lives and has been recognized for his bravery. He has since co-authored The New York Times best-selling book "13 Hours," the harrowing tale of what really happened in Benghazi.
, Sheriff of Milwaukee County. David Clarke began his career in law enforcement with the Milwaukee Police Department. He will be a powerful voice to speak to the need for all Americans to support the men and women in blue.
, Businesswoman and Wife of Donald Trump. Melania married Donald Trump in January 2005. In March 2006 they had their first child, Barron William Trump. Born on April 26, 1970 in Slovenia, Melania Knauss began her modeling career at the age of 16. At the age of 18, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan. She obtained a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia.
Monday night was the kick off of the 2016 general election campaign and the issues you hear and the people who speak to them will be surrogates for the campaign this fall.
Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.
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