FAQs: What to know about the 2020 Republican National Convention

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive to speak at a roundtable with people positively impacted by law enforcement, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Republican National Convention starts Monday, Aug. 24, and when it comes to an end, the 2020 presidential election will enter its final stretch.

Below are some common questions about this year’s modified-for-coronavirus RNC.

WTOP will have coverage of the convention online and on-air at 103.5 FM.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available. 

  • Q: When is it?
  • The RNC will be held Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Much like the Democratic National Convention, the GOP decided — after a few attempts were made to avoid it — to hold their event virtually, with only a limited number of people attending the convention in person.

    Each night of the convention will have a theme, speakers and a “nightly surprise,” per Axios.

  • Q: How can I watch?
  • The event will be livestreamed from the convention, which will then get picked up by TV networks, though a list of which networks will carry it has not been released yet.

  • Q: What can I expect?
  • On Monday, Aug. 24, the party will formally renominate President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

    Because the pair ran with very little competition, they will almost assuredly be the party’s ticket in the 2020 election.

    The GOP has not released an official list of speakers and performers for this year’s convention, but that could change as the event draws closer.

  • Q: What is the schedule?
  • The Trump campaign released a list of speakers for the convention. They are:

    Monday
    Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
    House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)
    Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)
    Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
    Former Ambassador Nikki Haley
    Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
    Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones
    Amy Johnson Ford
    Kimberly Guilfoyle
    Natalie Harp
    Charlie Kirk
    Kim Klacik
    Mark and Patricia McCloskey
    Sean Parnell
    Andrew Pollack
    Donald Trump, Jr.
    Tanya Weinreis

    Tuesday
    First Lady Melania Trump
    The Honorable Mike Pompeo
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
    Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
    Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez
    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
    Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
    Abby Johnson
    Jason Joyce
    Myron Lizer
    Mary Ann Mendoza
    Megan Pauley
    Cris Peterson
    John Peterson
    Nicholas Sandmann
    Eric Trump
    Tiffany Trump

    Wednesday
    Vice President Mike Pence
    Second Lady Karen Pence
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
    Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).
    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
    Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas)
    Representative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)
    Representative Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.)
    Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell
    The Honorable Kellyanne Conway
    The Honorable Keith Kellogg
    Jack Brewer
    Sister Dede Byrne
    Madison Cawthorn
    Scott Dane
    Clarence Henderson
    Ryan Holets
    Michael McHale
    Burgess Owens
    Lara Trump

    Thursday
    President Donald J. Trump
    The Honorable Ben Carson
    Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
    Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
    House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
    Representative Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.)
    The Honorable Ivanka Trump
    The Honorable Ja’Ron Smith
    Ann Dorn
    Debbie Flood
    Rudy Giuliani
    Franklin Graham
    Alice Johnson
    Wade Mayfield
    Carl and Marsha Mueller
    Dana White

  • Q: How have things changed because of the coronavirus pandemic?
  • The convention was originally supposed to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, to a large crowd of people.

    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper made the decision to limit gatherings, and no exceptions were made for the convention.

    Trump announced that the convention would be moved from Charlotte to Jacksonville, Florida, so that attendees could be there in person. However, Florida soon experienced a spike in coronavirus cases, and the convention was again moved.

    After a search for another location did not pan out, it was decided that the RNC would be held in Charlotte after all, but with most events taking place virtually.

    The proceedings themselves will be attended by six delegates from each U.S. state and territory, for a total of 336, according to the GOP.

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