Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. — PHOTO: Gage Skidmore

Scott Walker says he'll speak at GOP convention

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he'll speak at the Republican National Convention.

Walker told WKOW-TV after an event in Platteville that he's agreed to speak at the GOP gathering in Cleveland July 18-21.

RNC spokesman Alee Lockman told WKOW the schedule is still being finalized.

Walker acknowledged he's now rejecting the idea that Donald Trump could be replaced as the nominee.

The governor said two weeks ago that he believed delegates should be free to vote their consciences. But he told WKOW a vote for anyone other than Trump is a "de facto vote" for Hilary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

The governor, who's been the subject of Trump attacks, said he would put them aside for the good of the country.

Walker's campaign spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for details on his speech.

On July 6, organizers announced session times for the July 18-21 convention to be attended by about 50,000 people — just 5,000 of them delegates.

"Planning is in its final stages with only 12 days remaining until the gavel falls here in Cleveland signaling the start of the 2016 Republican National Convention," said convention cEO Jeff Larson.

Each session will feature a slate of votes and speakers. Start times are

• Monday, July 18, 1 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m.

• Thursday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.

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