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tonight, the spotlight shines again on donald trump. >> oh, we're going to win. we're going to win so big. >> and history is made. >> it is my honor to be able to throw donald trump over the top in the delegate count tonight. congratulations, dad, we love you! >> with so many americans still buzzing about melania trump's speech last night. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> and his son takes to the stage in just minutes and speaks to the country. this is the republican national convention live from cleveland. now reporting, george
stephanopoul stephanopoulos. >> good evening and welcome to day two here in cleveland. it's official now. tonight, donald trump has become the republican nominee for the united states. he has rolled over more than a dozen republican candidates and here is that piece of history. put over the top by his son, don jr. >> it is my honor to be able to throw donald trump over the top in the delegate count tonight with 89 delegates. and another 6 for john kasich. congratulations, dad, we love you! >> then just about an hour ago, donald trump spoke to this convention for the second time in two nights. and bracing that moment. >> today has been a very, very special day, watching my children put me over the top earlier. what we did getting the party's
nominee. i will never forget it. it is something i will never, ever forget. a little over one year ago, i announced my candidacy for president. and with your vote today, this stage of the presidential process has come to a close. we're going to bring back our jobs. we're going to rebuild our depleted military and take care of our great veterans. we're going to have strong borders. we're going to get rid of isis and we're going to restore law and order we have to restore, and quickly. law and order, among many, so many things. i will be discussing that. thursday night, i will be talking all about it. but together, most importantly, we are going to make america great again. have a fantastic evening. i'll see you tomorrow night. i'll see you on thursday night. and we will win in november. thank you. >> mini acceptance speech from
donald trump. we expect donald trump jr. to come out many moment. i'm here with matthew dowd. here comes don jr. ♪ >> thank you. good evening. i'm donald trump jr. i'm the -- thank you. thank you. i'm the father of five young children from 2-year-old chloe who kai who just turned 9. i'm husband to vanessa, an amazing wife and mother, and the son of a great man. i'm an american. and tonight, i want to talk to
you about the country we live in. the country our children will grow up in. for my generation, this is the most important election of our lifetime, when that will determine the future of our country and in turn the future of the world. for too long, our country has ignored its problems, punting them down the road for future generations to deal with. in business, i was trained by my father to make the tough investments and decisions today to ensure a brighter future tomorrow. we have actually started to believe that solving our great problems is an impossible task. that is why we need to elect a man who has a track record of accomplishing the impossible. for the first time, parents no longer think that their kids will be as well off as we were. we've lost the confidence in our
leaders and the faith in our institutions. but remember one thing. we're still americans. we're still one country. and we're going to get it all back. we're going to get it back better than ever before. i know we'll get it back because i know my father. i know that when people tell him it can't be done, that guarantees that he gets it done. i know that when someone tells him that something is impossible, that's what triggers him into action. when people told him it was impossible for a boy from queen fos go to manhattan and take on developers from the big city, rather than give up, he changed the skyline of new york. i've seen it time and time again. that look in his eyes, when someone says it can't be done. i saw that look a little over a
year ago. when he was told he couldn't possibly succeed in politics. hmm, yes, he did. for my father, impossible is just the starting point. that's how he approaching business projects, that's how he approaches life. whether it's teaching his granddaughter how to swing golf club or tackling the toughest negotiations, he's always fully committed. that's why the person who had never run for office before stood on the stage 11 months ago in this very arena with 16 professional politicians, and this week, that same man will stand before you as our party's nominee for the president of the united states of america!
as a proud son and family member, it was one of the great honors of my life to be able to put him over the top in the delegate count earlier today. his unrelenting determination is why he's going to become our next president. and why i know that when my father says he can fix the country, he means it. you want to know what kind of president he'll be? let me tell you how he ran his businesses. and i know, because i was there with him by his side on job sites, in conference rooms from the time i could walk. he didn't hide out behind a desk in an executive suite. he spent his career with regular americans. he hung out with the guys on construction sites. pouring concrete and hajjing sheet rock. he paid attention and more than the guys in harvard and wharton
locked away from offices in the real work. he is with the talent and the drive that all americans have. he's promoted people based on their character, street smarts and work ethic. not simply paper intercredentials. to this day, many of the top executives were people who started out in blue collar but he pushed them to succeed. his true gift as a leader is that he sees the potential in people that they didn't even see in themselves. the potential that other executives would overlook because their resumes don't include the names of fancy colleges and degrees. i know he values those workers and qualities in people because those are the qualities he instilled in me when we started
out. that he could trust our formative years in these men and women says all you need to know about don't trump. we didn't learn from mbas. we learned from people who had doctorates in common sense. guys like denny who operated chain saws who worked through the ranks to be a trusted adviser of my father. why we are the only children of a billionaire as comfortable in a d-10 caterpillar as we are in our own cars in of my father knew those were the guys and gals to teachous dignity and hard work from a young age. the idea that whoever we are, wherever we're from we can get ahead. where everyone can proper together. the other party tells us they
believe in the american dream. we should worry about economic inequality and immobility. you know what? they're right. but they don't tell you it was their policies that caused the problem and it was their policies that have no accountability. they gave us the worst immigration system in the world. one that imports immobility, one that drives down employment and wages for hispanic americans, african-americans and everyone. an immigration system that favors illegals over those tries to go through the process legally. and at times, even over law-abiding citizens. it was bernie sanders himself who warned that a large tide of new workers keeps the wages low and the poverty high. and schools that fail our students, those who have no
options. growing up, my siblings and i, we were truly fortunate to have choices and options that others don't have. we want all americans to have those same opportunities. our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. now they're stalled on the ground floor. they're like soviet-era department stores run for the clerks and not the customers dprks the teachers and administrators and not the opportunities. you know why other countries do well in k through 12? they let parents choose where to send their kids. it's called competition. it's called free market. and it's what the other party fears. they fear it because they're more concerned about protecting the jobs of tenured teachers than serving the students in
desperate need of a good education. they want to run everything, top down from washington. they tell us they're the experts and they know what's best. the other party gave us a regulatory state on steroids. dodd-frank was 1,000 pages long and it's already spun off 22,000 pages in regulations. imagine trying to digest all that before you even open your doors for consumers. that doesn't help consumers. it destroys small businesses in favor of big businesses who can afford the lawyers and numbers needed to comply. dod-frank is consumer protection for billionaires. we have the thickest patronage of any country of any time in
history. self-satisfied people at the top. the new aristocrats. we can't live like that any longer. it's too risky. let ple talk about the risks. the other party is a party of risk. i have spent many time with many great americans who have sempbed this great country in the military. and they know what's at stake. when we have weak i leaders in mission positions of power, americans risking their lives for freedom are less safe. almost daily, i get a call or a text from a real american hero. his name is mark geist and i'm proud to call him a friend. mark was part of the security team at benghazi. he received frantic phone calms from the b compound. calls that pleaded for help. calls that he tried to answer. calls that didn't save all his
friends. because secretary clinton ignored his request for help leading up to the months and weeks up to the attack. it was a tragedy and one that would be repeated were she to win the election. ask mark who is fit to lead, who has the judgment to lead, who will take that call at 3:00 in the morning, yeah. or better yet, ask yourselves if you were in mark's shoes that night, who would you rather call? let me tell you something about risk. if hillary clinton were elected, she would be the first president who wouldn't pass a basic background check. it's incredible. hillary clinton is a risk
americans can't afford to take. she says she will issue executive orders to take away americans' guns. she wants to abolish the second amendment. look at inner city chicago. where 70 people were murdered last month alone and where over 3400 american lives have been lost since this administration took office in 2009. you know why those laws fail? criminals by definition don't follow laws. rather than prosecuting real criminals, she could strip hard-working, law-abiding citizens to protect their families. she will throw every obstacle to affordable energy produced by america, by americans for american businesses and
families. rather than energy independent, our country will be beholden to her buddies in the middle east. those are risks we can't afford to take. and when we win, we're not going to have to. there's so much work to do. we will not accept the current state of our country because it's too hard to change. that's not the america i know. we're going to unleash the creative spirit and energy of all americans. we're going to make our schools the best in the world for every single american for every single ethnicity and background. we're going to put americans first. all americans, not a special class of crony elites at the top of the heap. we're going to elect a president who will work with everyone to pass legislation that will make our country great again. a president who will give us a tax code that will free the american economy and end special loopholes for the wealthy.
a president who will give us an immigration law that protects american citizens and gives them jobs. a president who will repeal and replace obama care without leaving our citizens without health care and without destroying seniors for health care has hillary clinton has proposed. a president who knows we can't simply delete our problems but that we have to tackle them head on. a president who won't allow pc culture to put the safety and well-being of our children and loved ones at stake. a president who won't bow and pander to nations that shudder at the very thought of america's existence. a president more concerned about the safety of his fellow americans than the feelings of hostile nations aboard that
would wipe america off the face of this earth. a president not beholden to special interests, foreign and domestic, and one who funded his entire primary run out of his own pocket just to prove it. a president who will secure and defend the borders of the united states and believes freedom requires a government. a president who won't use the highest office in the land as a path to personal enrichment. a president who's actually created real jobs who has actually signed the front of a paycheck and who doesn't just talk about it in theory. a president who has real people's families and livelihoods dependent on his success and the success of his companies for decades. a president who speaks his mind and nopt just when it behooves
him to do so. who doesn't use a focus group and analytics to be able to form a simple opinion. who say what is needs to be said and not just what you want to hear. a president who will unleash the greatness in our nation and in all of us, who will give the hard-working men and women who built this great country a voice once again. that president can only be my mentor, my best friend, my father, donald trump. and when we elect him, we'll have done all that. we'll have made america great again, greater than ever before. thank you, and god bless. [ cheers and applause ] >> donald trump jr., brings this
convention to its feet. he worked through some butterflies at the start. gave a very powerful speech. you can see the father and the son right there. and matthew, you also saw imbedded in the speech, one of the mottos of the campaign. >> he said, donald trump can do the impossible. and donald trump, a larger than life reality tv star whose signature phrase what "you're fired" has now been hired. >> and no one else has electrified the crowd like donald trump jr. >> everyone here is here to see a trump. and donald trump jr. brought them to their feet. if donald trump gives that speech on thursday night with that presidential atone, there are going to be a lot of happy republicans. >> happier than they have been so far. and the policy as well, you are
reminded, he's the real republican and conservative in the family. >> he was the one republican, his brothers and sister were not registered republicans, couldn't vote in the primary. but that was the most substative speech. this is a policy speech, invoked the feelings of jack kemp, paul ryan. he talked about opportunity, school choice. that was a republican speech and i think the most effective speech we have seen in the convention so far. >> a reminder this is as much a republican convention this a trump convention. >> absolutely a trump convention. and the trumps are the people the people at the convention want to hear from. even the people who have not signed off on donald trump enthusiastically have told me, the kids are the people they
want to hear from. this speech not only did good policy. but also talked about his father as a determined person and then sweet anecdotes just mixed in without them being syrupy. but all of donald trump's children except the 10-year-old standing there, saying we put our father over the top as the nominee of the republican party. that is a moment in history. >> no question about it. and it follows melania trump, donald trump's wife last night. i want to go to david muir. all day long, the trump campaign has had to deal with the controversy with melania trump blamed for taking words from michelle obama. >> the bravado that the trumps
for known for, he was talking about his nerves going in, he said it would be 11 to 12 minutes except for the applause. and i said it was going to be a welcoming crowd. as you said, this crowd wants to hear from the trumps. as you mentioned, there was a lot of pressure coming in, and last night, it was melania taking the stage and all the similarities between the two speeches. i asked donald trump if anyone would be fired. he said no. and i asked if it was plagiarism, he said no. and what i asked about the first lady. >> do you believe michelle obama is owed an apology in any way. >> i don't know. whoever is involved, i don't think so. i don't think this is something of that magnitude. i understand from a media perspective, trying to create a bigger story than it is. >> so no apology. >> i don't know v think so. >> do you think a head should
roll? >> a speech of that magnitude, they are going to work with speech writers. it doesn't have to do with a poll or nonsense that i'm hearing. >> do you suspect that your father is angry that someone allowed -- >> i'm sure he's not thrilled about the situation but we're going to move on. >> don jr., i did ask him if he wrote mhis speech tonight. and he said yes, and i said with help, and he said, of course. it strikes me to see their children there and tiffany trump followed by don jr. on the stage, that this is the new family business, politics, and they plan to take it to the white house. >> let's stay on the floor. tom llamas is there. you have been with the trump campaign from the very
beginning. donald trump has to be outraged. >> it was his wife. the first major public interduction. and the headline was that eggs were stolen. i have covered donald trump. he does not like criticism. i have had exchanging with him as we all know. criticism is something he does not like when it comes to his family and or his wife. but the trump campaign hopes to move beyond this. and i think it will help them get beyond this. what we have seen there from don, he is donald trump's son but he is one of his closest advisers. the trump children are really the incircle of this campaign. they have been there for every single major decision. and to their credit, when a lot of people didn't believe in donald trump, his children were behind him every single step of the way. i spoke to him after the top moment when he was able to proclaim the new york vote.
and he said it's the coolest thing since he's had children to ever happen. he said it was so intense. and eric trump, he is in pure jubilation that this happened and they are able to do it through the state of new york. and eric trump's wife telling me that eric trump is going to deliver the best speech. saying she's impartial. >> you get eric tomorrow night. ivanka thursday. it did feel like during don jr.'s speech, the convention turning a bit of a page. >> yes. definitely turning a page here. and here, governor chris christie right next to me here, brought this crowd to its feet with a blistering indictment of hillary clinton. it is something that hillary clinton responded quite rapidly to, referring to his problems with the bridge investigation in new jersey saying he is not the right guy to bring an indictment
against him. but you can feel in this crowd, as he asked him to chant, was she guilty or not guilty, the real energy of the republican convention, it is anti-hillary clinton. that is what unites republicans. and he, governor christie, managed to do it in a blistering fashion. goff nor, you did make a blistering indictment of hillary clinton. they were chantding, lock her up, having a good time with that. do you think that is a good thing for american politics when political disagreements has a crowd becoming a mob saying lock her up? >> come on. this is such an overstatement on your part. i think conventions are supposed to be fun. i think people are having a good time tonight. but it's based on her conduct. i didn't make any charges up
there based on empty rhetoric. every one of the things i said are base on fact, based on her record and based on her sayings under oath just last week. these people were having fun. i'm glad they were having fun. that is part of what a convention is for and how you unifie people. >> as one of the 17 who ran hard against donald trump, is what unites the republican party that energy, the negative lock her up energy anti-hillary clinton, is that what is bringing the party together? >> that is part of it, sure. it's either or, it's chicken or fish. so you got to decide. so part of it is, you love your candidate and want him to win. and part of it you can't imagine your opponent winning. both of them unify a party. elections are choices, i made my choice. i made it a long time agonchts thanks. thanks. >> you were on the floor --
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back live in cleveland. here again is george stephanopoulos. >> we are back here live at the convention. ben carson coming up. you heard the speech from don trump jr. put his father's business record front and center. the democrats are going to do that too. >> there's no question. look, donald trump has left a lot of misery behind. we know that he had the fraudest students who wanted to go to trump university. we knew he rooted for the housing market to crash. thousands of lawsuits, donald trump has a record, there is no question about it. it's not a record that most americans would agree with.
hillary clinton is going to expose that next week at the democratic convention. and you know what else? she is going to continue to raise the fact that he's the first nominee in recent history that has not relaxed his tax returns. she's released 38 years of tax returns. what is he hiding? what is he hiding. >> how big of a problem is that going to be? >> i think right now, voters want to know who is going to make the economy better. tonight's theme of the convention is making america work again. and don jr. really focused on this generational question, is the next generation going to be better off? i think donald trump is talking about experiences is on the strongest theme he can be on with voters right now and i think his son did that to try to make a case in the convention. >> there is dr. ben carson. ran against donald trump and now is an ally. >> the human brain, this
remarkable organ defines our humanity. it gives us the ability to not only find and observe but to reason. when we elect a president, we need to use ta power of reasoning. to look at their history, their character. what kind of people they really are. it makes all the difference in the world for us. and it is going to be so critical right now. we must resist the temptation to make the easy way out. and to passively accept what is fed to us by the politically elite and the media. because they don't know what they're talking about. but they have an agenda. now, we must also be weary of the narrative that is advance bid some in our own party, the notion that a hillary clinton administration wouldn't be that bad, the effects would only be
temporary. you know, that it would only last for four and at most eight years. they're not using their god-given brain to think about what they're saying. because it won't be for eight years. she will be appointing people who will have an effect on us for generations and america may never recover from that. that is what we have to be thinking about. you know, interestingly enough, we have to start thinking about what would hillary clinton do if she was in fact the president. she would appoint supreme court justices. she could appoint federal judges, and that would have a de delli tarious effect. and she could have a system if
denigrates the education of our young people. puts them in a place where they are never going to be able to get a job, where they are always going to be dependent and where they can therefore be cultivated for their vote votes. this is not what america is all about. this kind of deception. and in is what we the people have the necessary obligation to fight. now, one of the things that i have learned about hillary clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was saul olinski. and her senior thesis was about saul olinski. this is someone that she greatly
admired and affected all of her philosophies subsequently. let me tell you something about saul. he wrote a book called "rules for radicals." on the dedication page, it acknowledges lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom. think about that. this is a nation where the founding document, the declaration of independence talk about rights that come from our creator. this is a nation where our pledge of allegiance says we are one nation under god. this is a nation -- this is a nation where every coin in our pocket and every bill in our wallet says "in god we trust." so are we willing to elect someone as president who has as
their role model somebody who acknowledges lucifer? think about that. the secular progressive agenda is anti-thetical to the nation. if we continue to allow them to take god from our lives, god will not be with us. we will not be blessed and our nation will go down the tubes. we will be responsible for that. we do not want that to happen. donald trump, he understands that very well. he understands that they want to ensure it's available to all. not just a few. this is to take on the establishment against all ords. it's evident in his passion for
the american worker and his desire to put his skills on the american interest, not his self-interest. i am proud to support donald trump, an extraordinary businessman, the right leader for a time such as this. but you know what? it is not about donald trump. it is not about me. it is about we the people. and thomas jefferson said that we would reach this point. because we the people would not be paying attention and it would allow the government to grow, to expand and metasticize. and we the people would recognize what is going on. what we are about to lose and we would rise up and we could take control of our nation. and i say now is the time for us
to rise up and take america back! [ cheers and applause ] >> there you have it, ben carson. conservative favorite, evangelical favorite. and matthew dowd, one of the ironies here, it was donald trump who actually won the evangelical vote in the primaries. >> which was surprising with ben carson in the race and ted cruz in the race. and donald trump makes that point every single time when he goes out and talks about it. >> ben carson was also deeply critical of donald trump in the campaign. turned around relatively quickly. >> he turned about very quickly. primarily because he saw ted cruz more of a threat.
he battled viciously. donald trump mocked him in the campaign. donald trump turned around quickly. donald trump went from ridiculing ben carson, to someone he called pathological to someone he saw as a great man. >> terry moran, it appears to be a protest on the floor, a code pink protest, surrounded by american flags. what can you tell us? >> it's a remarkable breach of security. i have got to show about five passes to get into this place, to get down on the floor, it's not very easy. and the fact that we have now had several demonstrations here -- and i just say, look, during the primary season, trump crowds were aggressive to say the least to handling protesters. these delegates, i don't even sense anger.
i sense territorialitterritoria >> we are not seeing any violence there. but surrounded by trump supporters holding american flags. they are trying to move her out of there. we see security right there. we remember -- somebody seemed to get mitt there hit there for a second. far more graphic violence seens at the campaign. >> absolutely. when -- and people who went to them, just observers were shocked by it. but this will is code pink, an organization that is anti-war and they come in to many events, not just republican ones. they protest against democrats as well. she could have been a delegate for all we know going on the floor. >> we have seen, martha raddatz, code pink protesters demonstrate against the war in iraq. >> they always imagine to get
in. it's actually very small. it's actually hard to see where they are in the arena. but clearly they are moving that protester out of there. >> when the protesters happen at trump rallies, he said it liked it because the camera would turn around and see how many people are coming to the rallies. you see there, there are a lot of empty seats in this convention hall. i have never seen that prime time in a major convention. >> and donald trump is is not going to like that at all. >> david muir, you're in the alaska delegation? >> that's right. they were in full view yesterday, some of the stop trump story. alaska is a different story. you guys came here. you watch the news every night. you feel strongly about your role here. you wanted to represent ted cruz and donald trump. >> correct. we were voted by the people of
alaska to pep accident how they felt. so the majority in alaska felt they wanted ted cruz. we have united now in donald trump. >> some of you were in tears because of the role you knew huh to play here and you wanted to represent the people of your state fairly and accurately. but i'm curious, donald trump jr. on the stage tonight. this was a republican speech, he talked about teachers. did he make the face to unit the party to don't trump? >> absolutely. i am a teacher. i care about kids and their education and i want someone in office to support that. >> did he make the case? >> i think he did. we hope our votes had been counted the way the people of alaska had voted. >> all right. you can seeing some of the unity that don jr. was hoping for.
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marla maples. let's season to tiffany trump. >> my father, he keeps it short and the take away is usually the same, to help us find our own way and our gifts. if you do what you love, hold nothing back and never let fear of failure get in the way, you pretty much figured out the trump formula. my dad is a natural born encourager. the last person who will ever tell to you lower your size or give up your dream. i always look forward to introducing him to my friends, especially the ones with preconceived notions because they need a man with no facade. he is so considerate, so funny and so real.
they walk away with a glimpse of all that he means to me, the strong, protective, kind, endearing man i am so proud to call my father. >> tiffany trump here on tuesday night at the republican convention. and tom llamas, she is one of the children we have not seen much on the campaign trail. >> she was a bit of a mystery. she was still in college. she just graduated this year as she said in her speech. she wanted to talk about the softer side of donald trump. and she lost someone very close to her and the first phone call she got was from her father. they were all backstage watching don jr. speak in the green room and cheering him on. even though this is is a family that has different mother, they all seem to be together around donald trump tonight and supportive on this special night. >> no question about it, we're back here in the studio.
matthew dowd, tomorrow night, eric trump as well. but the big star tomorrow night, mike pence, vice presidential nominee. trump really hoping that he unifies the party as well. >> the last two nights are what ultimately drives in numbers. the vp nominee and thursday, the biggest speech of donald trump's life coming. you judge the convention, it's been well orchestrated tonight. but the next two nights will determine if it's a successful convention or not. >> last night got a little off the rails but there is optimism of some of the delegates. >> there is. on the floor tonight, as we started here, it was like a light switch went on. and donald trump is the nominee. and i said, what do you want to hear? and they said, we want to see who he wants in his cabinet.
this is the nominee. he wants to have those things. sounds like chris christie is running for attorney general. >> they want him in the cabinet and the supreme court. one of them was the speaker of the house, paul ryan, he also spoke tonight. took a while for him to come around to endorsing donald trump. tonight, he tried to make the case. >> have we had our arguments this year? sure, we have. you know what i call those? signs of life. signs of a party that is not just going through the motions. not just mounting -- mouthing new words for the same old stuff. meanwhile, what choice has the other party made in this incredible year filled with so many surprises? they are offering a third obama term brought to you by another clinton.
and you're supposed to be excited about that. for a country so ready for change, it feels like we've been cleared for takeoff and someone announced we're all going back to the gate. >> and jon karl, you covered paul ryan for a long time. when he was up here as the vice presidential nominee. he has made no secret about his disapproval of trump and had a hard time coming around. >> make no mistake. his heart is still not in it. he is here for an alternative vision of what the republican party stands for. donald trump achieved something remarkable winning the nominee against all the odds. all of that is true. but he did it by defeating the republican party as we know it. and the republican party on
which paul ryan grew up. >> mitch mcconnell, thes leader of the senate, speak tonight. but -- >> he was booed. we talk about bushes and romneys not being here. these voters said no to the republican establishment and the leadership. that is not who they are interested in. paul ryan is trying to walk the middle ground. but this is a trump convention. and the people who are not yet trump people are just waiting to hear him on thursday night to bring them around. they've eager to get there. >> do you get a sense from the leadership of the republican party there is melancholy. that donald trump has now redefined the republican party in his image and it's not necessarily what they wanted. >> is it what democrats want, donna brazil? >> there is no question we are not going to go back to whatever
rare donald trump believes we can go back to. president obama will be next week at the democrat convention talking about he has helped turn the economy around. he will talk about the millions of americans with health insurance. we will have a much different story to tell than the doom and gloom and fear and halloween costumes we have seen over the last couple nights. >> looking ahead to tomorrow night what do ted cruz and mike pence have do? do you think ted cruz will still endorse donald trump? >> i think ted cruz will lay the ground work to be a part of whatever comes of the republican party in november. whether that is a republican party that is fuelly reborn. with donald trump in the white house or trying to figure out what happens after trump. i expect ted cruz tomorrow night
to really lay down his marker for what he stands for and we are moving in the next four years. >> thank you, kristin. and back down here on the floor, empties fast. >> very fast. this is the texas delegation. we were walking around tonight to the places, the delegations from states that donald trump didn't win. ted cruz won texas. rick perry ran from here. ohio, wisconsin. you talk to people and you do get a sense as they clear it here, that this party has a ways to go before it becomes the next republican party, the new republican party you're talking about. the level of enthusiasm, even the level of unity is pretty low as we have been talking ability. and one of the things, having covered convention, the draw here is the celebrity, not the policy, not the programs. it is the trump family and donald at the top of it. it's a different kind of republican party, and the party
of ideas, since ronald reagan. >> that leads to a question about trump's speech on thursday night as well. how much traditional policy as we saw from don jr. do we actually see in donald trump's peach we see thursday night from the themes he struck through the his campaign. >> well, paul manford has said that is not going to be the speech he has had rally after rally. he suggests it's going to be a much more tra kigsal speech. he just reassure those in the republican party that don't like the direction he is going that he can be president and reassure the country that he can be steady, actually a commander in the united states. >> give don jr.'s speech. >> david muir? >> i got to tell you as i look around her. there is talk about how many
trump members are on the speaking circuit here this week in cleveland. but this audience, this is what they are here for. they were here if donald trump jr. tonight. and melania last night. this is a group is telling me this family is going to reunite the republican party. >> that's the story with the crowd, matthew dowd. how about the people watching at home. you don't get the big bounce until the very end. >> yeah, that is usually thursday night. i remember when al gore e, having work e worked for george w. bush, not a single point moved in the poll. and thursday night, the famous kiss with tipper, two days later, al gore moved in one night of the convention. it's a four-day spread. it matters in total but thursday night is the most important night in this election cycle until the debates. >> and the republican chairman
said it. thursday night's the night we are going to bring the party together. that is what he is hoping to happen. >> they are starting to build on it tonight. tonight, you heard from don jr., the oldest son giving the speech for his father, beginning to unify the party here. tomorrow night, we will hear from mike pence. we will be here for all of that. that is all for us right now. we have a special edition of "nightline" coming up. you can get the news from here and around the world any time on abc news.com. and tomorrow morning, we will speak with eric trump. i'll see you then. news.com. and tomorrow morning, we will speak with eric trump. i'll see you then.