The Latest: Trump sitting in VIP section for speeches


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the Republican National Convention (all times EDT):

10:05 p.m.

Donald Trump is sitting in the front row of the VIP section of the convention hall for the final speeches of the evening.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka turned and applauded her father as he entered just as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was finishing his speech.

The GOP presidential nominee is joined by children Tiffany and Donald Jr. along with some of his children’s spouses.

Son Eric Trump is praising his father’s business record in his speech to the convention.

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9:55 p.m.

Boos filled the convention hall in Cleveland as one-time presidential candidate Ted Cruz finished his prime-time speech to Republican activists.

The jeers rained down after the Texas senator refused to endorse Trump — now the official GOP presidential nominee — in his address.

Cruz finished second to Trump in the delegate count and the two were bitter rivals during the primary campaign.

Cruz told supporters to vote their conscience — and not to stay home for the general election in November.

The boos stopped once Trump entered the convention hall.

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9:50 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says the British vote to leave the European Union is sign of a powerful political force at work.

Cruz — in a speech at the Republican National Convention — isn’t explicitly supporting that decision. But he says the vote shows that people are overwhelmingly rejecting big government.

He says — in that respect — it’s a “profound victory.”

He says people are fed up with politicians who don’t listen to them and they’re weary of a corrupt system that benefits elites.

Cruz received enthusiastic applause in the convention hall when he brought up the Brexit vote.

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9:30 p.m.

Ted Cruz finished second in the delegate count to Donald Trump, but the Texas senator isn’t ready to endorse the Republican presidential nominee.

Cruz is taking his turn on the stage at the Republican National Convention — and he’s stopping short of endorsing his former rival.

Cruz says in remarks released before he began speaking that Americans should “vote your conscience.” He never says they should vote for Trump.

Trump and Cruz engaged in bitter recriminations during the Republican primaries. Trump repeatedly referred to Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted.” Cruz said Trump was a “pathological liar.”

Cruz is saying almost nothing about Trump in his speech. But he’s heaping criticism on Democrat Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.

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9:10 p.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is telling Republicans who are on the fence about supporting Donald Trump for president that “we can’t wait four more years.”

Walker says in a speech to the Republican National Convention that “America deserves better than Hillary Clinton.”

Walker — who was one of Trump’s early challengers before dropping out of the race last year — says a vote for a protest vote for a third-party candidate is essentially a vote for Democrat Clinton.

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9 p.m.

A state senator from Kentucky switched briefly to Spanish during his speech to the Republican convention and urged voters to back Donald Trump.

Ralph Alvarado says people came to the U.S. from countries that are full of corruption and dishonesty. He’s pleading with Americans not to let that happen in the U.S.

He says in America, there’s opportunity and freedom.

It’s the first time at this convention that a speaker has tried to appeal directly to Spanish-speaking voters.

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8:30 p.m.

Businessman Phil Ruffin is describing Donald Trump as an honest broker who can be trusted with the job of running the country.

Ruffin is a Trump business partner. He says he’s known Trump for 20 years and says the GOP presidential nominee is smart and tough.

Ruffin spoke at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. He was trying to undercut claims by people who’ve done business with Trump that Trump fails to pay his bills or underpays his contractors.

Ruffin says Trump pays bills promptly and that nobody lost any money.

Ruffin veered frequently from his script during the speech, and improvised while the teleprompter struggled to keep up.

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8:15 p.m.

The “lock her up” chant — the “her” is Hillary Clinton — is in full roar again at the Republican National Convention.

The chant returned early in Wednesday evening’s session, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on stage criticizing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Scott says Clinton won’t protect the borders, eliminate Islamic extremism or create jobs.

He says: “Hillary fails. She fails. She fails. She fails.” The governor says Democrats have “led us to a cliff.”

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8 p.m.

Donald Trump says Meredith McIver made a mistake.

She’s the Trump Organization staff writer who’s taken the blame for nearly identical passages from Melania Trump’s Republican convention speech and Michelle Obama’s remarks eight years ago.

Trump tells ABC that McIver is a “terrific person” and should keep her job

Here’s Trump’s take: “People make mistakes. … We all make mistakes.”

Trump says he thinks it’s “terrific” that she’s admitted that mistake.

The Trump campaign had spent the past two days denying that any part of Melania Trump’s convention speech was plagiarized. McIver took blame Wednesday and offered to apologize.

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7:40 p.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has gaveled in the third day of the GOP convention.

The focal point of Wednesday’s session is a speech from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate.

Pence is largely unknown to most Americans. His address is a big opportunity for him to introduce himself and reassure anxious Republicans about Trump’s candidacy.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also is among the scheduled speakers. He’s a conservative favorite who came in second in the delegate race behind Trump.

The big question is whether Cruz will endorse Trump after criticizing him harshly in the primary campaign.

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6:35 p.m.

A call for Republican Party unity after a bruising fight for the presidential nomination.

It’s the message Mike Pence plans to convey to GOP delegates when gives his vice presidential acceptance speech at the party’s convention Wednesday night.

Also look for the Indiana governor to urge rank-and-file Republicans who may be uneasy about Donald Trump to no longer be reluctant supporters.

Campaign officials are previewing Pence’s speech. They’re speaking on condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to discuss Pence’s remarks before he speaks.

Pence plans to make the case that he’s prepared to govern. He’s expected to point to Indiana’s economic growth and to policy accomplishments under his watch — signs of experience and accomplishments. That could help a GOP ticket led by a political neophyte.

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6:30 p.m.

Mike Pence is getting the chance to introduce himself to the country. He’s Indiana’s governor and a former congressman, and now he’s Donald Trump’s running mate on the GOP ticket.

And he’s set to give his acceptance speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention.

Pence is regarded as soft-spoken, and he’s a religious conservative from the Midwest. Campaign officials say he’ll try to explain why he’s signed on to a partnership with Trump, a brash celebrity businessman.

Campaign officials are previewing Pence’s speech. They’re speaking on condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to discuss Pence’s remarks before he speaks.

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5:45 p.m.

Bernie Sanders plans to meet with 1,900 of his delegates right before the start of the Democratic National Convention on Monday.

The meeting is aimed at providing direction to his undecided supporters after he endorsed presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

The Sanders campaign, in an email to delegates, is promising a “very special meeting with Bernie himself.”

The private meeting will follow morning briefings hosted by the campaign on health care, trade and criminal justice. One session will offer guidance to delegates about “how to keep the political revolution going strong.”

The email was obtained by The Associated Press.

Many Sanders delegates are expressing disappointment — and some uncertainty — as they prepare to descend on Philadelphia for a convention that will nominate Clinton.

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4:35 p.m.

The Secret Service is investigating a prominent Donald Trump supporter who said Hillary Clinton should be “shot for treason.”

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says the agency is aware of comments made by New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro. Hoback says the Secret Service “will conduct the appropriate investigation.”

Baldasaro said Clinton — a former secretary of state who’s the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason” over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks says Trump and his campaign don’t agree with Baldasaro’s remarks.

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4:20 p.m.

Pop singer Demi Lovato, actress Lena Dunham and actor Tony Goldwyn are among the celebrities expected to participate in next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

They’ll be joined by NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former NBA player and gay rights activist Jason Collins and actresses America Ferrara, Eva Longoria and Debra Messing.

Many of the celebrities campaigned on Clinton’s behalf during the primaries.

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3:52 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential search is centering on three main contenders.

An announcement is expected as early as this weekend. Clinton is preparing for the Democratic National Convention set to begin Monday in Philadelphia.

Democrats familiar with the search say Clinton’s running mate process has focused on Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

That’s according to Democrats familiar with the process. They spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private discussions.

Clinton is expected to announce her decision during a two-day campaign swing in Florida later this week.

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3:49 p.m.

New Hampshire Republicans are strongly condemning a Trump supporter for saying that Hillary Clinton should be “shot for treason.”

New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro said Clinton, a former secretary of state, should be — in his words — “put in the firing line and shot for treason,” over the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

State GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn says Baldasaro’s comments are, in her view, “appalling and have no place in public discourse.”

New Hampshire’s House speaker, Shawn Jasper, says Baldasaro’s remarks are “just outrageous.”

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3:31 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has started a Spanish language Twitter account. It’s aimed at what the campaign says are the 40 million-plus people who speak Spanish in the United States.

The account is called @Hillary_esp. The campaign also has a website in Spanish and bilingual voter registration tool.

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2:32 p.m.

There was Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and former GOP presidential candidate, discussing “what the future is going to hold” for his White House ambitions.

And then came Donald Trump’s personal jet, flying high in the Cleveland sky.

Right over Cruz’s head.

Cruz, who finished second to Trump in the GOP contest, calls it “pretty well orchestrated.”

Cruz is leaving open a future run for president. He’s speaking at the GOP convention on Wednesday night, but he’s not expected to endorse Trump during the address.

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2:21 p.m.

Donald Trump has dramatically landed in Cleveland in advance of accepting the Republican nomination for president.

Trump’s plane landed at an airstrip near Lake Erie and then the celebrity businessman took his helicopter to a landing field at the Great Lakes Science Center a short distance from the convention site.

His wife, Melania Trump, wasn’t with him.

Trump is set to address the GOP convention Thursday night. He may appear with running mate Mike Pence during the vice presidential nominee’s speech Wednesday night.

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1:49 p.m.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says that passages incorporated into Melania Trump’s convention speech from Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008 show that Americans admire similar values in their political leaders.

Earnest was reacting to news that Meredith McIver, a Trump Organization staff writer, says she made a mistake in including the passages.

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1:12 p.m.

A prominent Donald Trump delegate from New Hampshire says Hillary Clinton should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason,” over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro appears frequently with Trump and serves as an adviser on veteran’s issues.

He made the remarks Tuesday when asked on a Boston radio program if Clinton was responsible for the Benghazi deaths.

He says Clinton “is a disgrace for the lies she told those mothers about their children,” adding, “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

Baldasaro is known for making controversial comments in his role as a New Hampshire lawmaker. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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1:03 p.m.

Some delegates to the Republican National Convention are upset that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) is skipping out on the main events.

Kasich has avoided the convention hall in Cleveland and has refused to endorse Donald Trump, his former presidential rival Donald Trump.

New Hampshire delegate Steve Stepanek says Kasich’s actions are a “real slap in the face” and an “insult” to Trump and Republican delegates from across the country.

Missouri delegate Dave Spence says he’s “a little miffed” at Kasich. Spence supported Kasich in Missouri’s primary. And Kasich helped raise money for Spence’s unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2012.

But Spence says Kasich is “trying to be too coy” and should be at the Republican convention in his home state.

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12:44 p.m.

A Trump Organization staff writer says she made a “mistake” in including passages from a Michelle Obama speech in Melania Trump’s convention speech.

Meredith McIver says she offered her resignation, but Donald Trump rejected it.

McIver explained her role in the Trump plagiarism controversy in a statement Wednesday.

McIver says Melania Trump read passages of Mrs. Obama’s 2008 convention speech during the writing the process. She says her notes from that conversation made it into the final version.

She says she feels terrible for the “chaos” she caused.

The Trump campaign has said denied accusations of plagiarism, saying the similarities were coincidence.

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