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Politico: Very Few Notable Republicans to Speak at Convention

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By    |   Monday, 27 Jun 2016 09:13 AM

Don't expect to see many notable Republicans speak at the GOP Convention next month, Politico reports. In fact, don't expect to actually see many high-ranking Republicans in Cleveland at all.

Though convention speeches have launched careers (few more notable than Barack Obama in 2004), there don't seem to be a lot of takers for the upcoming GOP convention, according to Politico.

The reason — Donald Trump.

"At this point 70 percent of the American public doesn't like Donald Trump. That's as toxic as we've seen in American politics," Stuart Stevens, a longtime Republican strategist told Politico. "Normally people want to speak at national conventions. It launched Barack Obama's political career."

One example: Mia Love, an African-American congresswoman from Utah said Sunday there's no "upsides" in going to the convention.

And the list of other Republicans not going to the convention is a Who's Who of the GOP elite, in Congress and statewide, Politico reports:
  • South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy
  • New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
  • Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn
  • Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse
  • South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
  • South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford
  • Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
  • South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham
  • New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
  • Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell
  • North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson
Expected to have prime-time speeches are Trump's three children, but after that, it's anybody's guess; the campaign is playing it close to the vest.

"The exposure has enormous upsides for someone who performs well," Fred Malek, a GOP fundraiser, told Politico. "And this is the Republican convention, not the Trump convention."

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Don't expect to see many notable Republicans speak at the GOP Convention next month, Politico reports. In fact, don't expect to actually see many high-ranking Republicans in Cleveland at all.
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