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Gov. Scott Walker to speak Wednesday at RNC

Gov. Scott Walker plans to highlight Wednesday that a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

JIM COLE — Associated Press

Gov. Scott Walker plans to make clear in a prime-time speech Wednesday at the Republican National Convention that a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

And Sen. Ron Johnson, who has for weeks said he wouldn’t attend the convention, announced Sunday he plans to speak on Tuesday at Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus’ request.

Walker sent an email Sunday to supporters saying his speech is scheduled for 9:23 p.m. CDT Wednesday. The RNC said the night’s theme will be Make America First Again.

Walker previewed his speech, saying he will express frustration at the recent decision by federal prosecutors not to charge Clinton for her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

“If she was still in office, she would have been fired or prohibited from access to classified information,” Walker said. “But now she wants to hold the highest office – once again proving that in Washington, there is one set of rules for the elite and another for everyone else.”

Reiterating themes he used during his short-lived presidential campaign, Walker plans to make the case that voters do not want the status quo in Washington, D.C., and are tired of Washington insiders rigging the system for themselves.

“During my speech I will remind the American people that a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump is a vote for Washington insider Hillary Clinton,” Walker said.

Walker also gave a speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention when Mitt Romney was the nominee and Janesville Rep. Paul Ryan was his running mate.

Ryan, now House Speaker, is scheduled to speak Tuesday and talk about his recently unveiled “A Better Way” House agenda. The night’s theme: Make America Work Again.

Johnson is also scheduled to speak Tuesday night. Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger said the senator plans to spend the rest of the week in Wisconsin but agreed to speak at the convention “in light of growing concerns about international Islamic terrorism.”

“Ron has decided to accept an invitation to talk with the American people about what we must do to keep our communities safe — just as he’ll be doing all week while traveling across Wisconsin,” Reisinger said.

Priebus is scheduled to speak Thursday night, the last night of the convention, when Trump is scheduled to accept the presidential nomination.

Three other Wisconsin speakers are scheduled to take the stage during prime time on Monday. Democratic Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy and Duffy’s wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, are to speak on a night with the theme Make America Safe Again.

None of Wisconsin’s speakers are listed among the prime-time “headliners.” On Monday, the headliners are Trump’s wife, Melania, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, veteran Jason Beardsley and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana.

Tuesday’s headliners are Trump’s daughter Tiffany, Trump winery general manager Kerry Woolard, Donald Trump Jr., U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown.

Wednesday’s headliners are Trump’s son Eric, his assistant Lynn Patton, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Trump’s vice presidential nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Thursday’s headliners are PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, real estate investor Tom Barrack, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Trump himself.



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