Tonight in Tampa: RNC says ‘We can change it’


Delegates are filling the Tampa Bay Times Forum floor for the second full program at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Aug. 29 program, which begins at 7 p.m., includes a call to order by RNC chair Reince Priebus, followed by the presentation of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance by Patrick Rea, the national anthem sung by former NCAA basketball player Ayla Brown and the invocation by Ishwar Singh.

Next on the program is a video honoring U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, followed by remarks by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.

Beau Davidson is set to entertain and then remarks by Iraq War veteran Jeanine McDonnell, Para-Olympian Chris Devon Young, U.S. Sen. John McCain, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Tad True.

Danny Gokey will sing “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” and then U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will speak, followed by Steve Cohen, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the nominee for vice president.

On Aug. 30, Mitt Romney will accept the party’s nomination for president.