Scott Baio, Billionaire Peter Thiel and UFC's Dana White to Speak at GOP Convention
The Republican convention runs Monday through Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel, Scott Baio and UFC president Dana White are among the star names who will speak at the upcoming Republican National Convention, which gets underway Monday.
The New York Times was able to see an advance convention schedule and published late Wednesday that Thiel and White will line up alongside presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, his adult children and his wife as keynote speakers. Baio tweeted later on that he would be joining the lineup to speak.
Former vice presidential candidate and ardent Trump supporter Sarah Palin was noticeable in her absence from the early draft of the schedule.
Onetime NFL quarterback Tim Tebow refuted the "rumor" that he would appear as a speaker, but Baio revealed on Fox News on Saturday that he was invited by Trump himself to speak at the convention and would attend.
According to the Times report, the schedule splits the four nights of the convention along themes:
"Night 1: A Benghazi focus, followed by border patrol agents and Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose son was killed in 2008 by an undocumented immigrant; Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas; former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani; Melania Trump; Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa; and others.
Night 2: A focus on the economy: UFC president Dana White; Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas; Michael Mukasey, the former U.S. attorney general; Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader; Tiffany Trump; Donald Trump Jr.; and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Night 3: Florida attorney general Pam Bondi; Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a space shuttle mission; former House speaker Newt Gingrich; Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; Eric Trump; professional golfer Natalie Gulbis; and Trump's choice as his vice presidential running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana.
Night 4: Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma; Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman; Gov. Rick Scott of Florida; billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel; Thomas J. Barrack Jr., who helped start a pro-Trump 'super PAC'; Ivanka Trump; Donald J. Trump."
The Times report emphasizes that the leaked schedule is subject to change.
July 16, 8:10 p.m. PT: Updated to include Baio and Tebow's announcements.