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GOP convention kicking off with 'Make America Safe Again' theme

By Andrew V. Pestano
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GOP convention kicking off with 'Make America Safe Again' theme
Donald J. Trump is expected to be nominated as the Republican's candidate for the 2016 presidential election during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. On Monday -- when the theme will be "Make America Safe Again" -- speakers include Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and actor Scott Baio. The RNC concludes on Thursday. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

CLEVELAND, July 18 (UPI) -- "Make America Safe Again" will be Monday's theme when the Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland where speakers including Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Melania Trump will take center stage.

Other speakers include U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Marine Corps veteran John Tiegen, who fought in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack, and actor Scott Baio.

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Speakers chosen for Monday's addresses are expected to talk about how to keep the United States safe "from attacks on our own soil."

"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," Jeff Larson, RNC CEO, said in a Sunday statement.

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Though presumptive nominee Donald Trump is not scheduled to speak on Monday, he suggested he may. On Monday, Trump said he will be in attendance to watch his wife Melania speak. The convention will run until Thursday,

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Following in the Trump campaign's "Make America Great Again" slogan -- a version of a slogan first popularized by former President Ronald Reagan in the election of 1980 -- Tuesday's theme for the RNC will be "Make America Work Again," followed by "Make America First Again" on Wednesday and "Make America One Again" on Thursday.

Other speakers to join the stage during the week include Ivanka Trump, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, UFC President Dana White and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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"Veterans, political outsiders, faith leaders and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's family members will lead an unconventional lineup of speakers who have real-world experience and will make a serious case against the status quo and for an agenda that will make America great again," Larson added.

Cleveland is hosting the RNC has generated controversy. On Sunday, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich to suspend the state's open carry laws during the RNC following a shooting in Baton Rouge that killed three law enforcement officers and injured three others.

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