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Donald Trump addresses GOP convention via video, thanking delegates

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Eric DuVall
Candidate Donald Trump makes a remote address to the convention after being declared the nominee on day two at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday. Donald Trump will formally accept the Republican Party's nomination for President on Thursday night July 21. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Candidate Donald Trump makes a remote address to the convention after being declared the nominee on day two at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday. Donald Trump will formally accept the Republican Party's nomination for President on Thursday night July 21. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

CLEVELAND, July 19 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed the party's convention in Cleveland via video on Tuesday, thanking delegates for offering him the nod during a roll call vote earlier in the day.

Trump's brief remarks mark the second time in as many days he has addressed the convention, a break in tradition form most previous gatherings, where the nominee is usually kept out of public view until the final night when they make their formal acceptance speech.

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"Melania and I had such a great time last night, an unbelievable evening. Today has been a very, very special day watching my children put me over the top earlier," Trump said, referencing the moment when his four adult children offered the clinching New York delegation's votes for their father.

"What we did, getting the party's nomination, it's something I will never, ever forget. With your vote today, this stage of the presidential process has come to a close. Together we've achieved historic results with the largest vote total in the history of the Republican Party. This is a movement but we have to go all the way. I'm so proud to be your nominee for president of the United States."

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Trump, who spoke from his Trump Tower in New York, said he plans to return to the convention in person on Wednesday to introduce his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

He is scheduled to address the convention for himself on Thursday, when he will accept the party's nomination for president.

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