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Decision 2016 / Republicans / Convention / Melania's Speech / Pence #1107605

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016
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(Cleveland: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Cleveland: Katy Tur) The varying explanations about last night’s speech by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s wife Melania, which borrowed from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech, reviewed; details given about speechwriter Meredith McIver†’s offer to resign; D. Trump’s Tweet quoted. [NBC political analyst Mike MURPHY†- says not checking speech copy is a very troubling sign.] The convention’s focus on Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton noted; scenes shown of the crowd chanting “lock her up” and another crowd booing Trump when his plane flew by a Ted Cruz rally. [New Jersey Governor Chris CHRISTIE – comments on holding Clinton accountable for her performance and her character.] [Voice of New Hampshire state representative Al BALDASARO†- says Clinton should be shot for treason.] [DELEGATE – says we all need to get behind Trump.]

(Cleveland: Lester Holt) The eruption of violence by protestors outside the arena noted.

(Cleveland: Hallie Jackson) The opportunity tonight for vice presidential candidate Mike Pence to step into the spotlight after being largely overshadowed by Trump featured; “Saturday Night Live” clip of people unable to identify Pence’s photo shown; details given about his radio & political careers. [PENCE – says he’s a Christian, a conservative and a Republican.] [Senator Dan COATS††- downplays the differences between Trump & Pence.] [Indiana University political scientist David CAMPBELL†- speculates on why Pence was chosen.]

(Cleveland: Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie) The flap over Melania’s speech and the popularity of Pence and Cruz among the delegates discussed.

Holt, Lester;
Tur, Katy;
Jackson, Hallie;
Chuck, Lester Holt,

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