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Excitement grows in Cleveland for Republican convention

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 01:08

Delegates gather in Cleveland, Ohio as the city prepares for the opening the Republican National Convention, where the party is expected to officially name Donald Trump as their nominee for president. Diane Hodges reports.

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Security is tight in Cleveland, where Republicans are gathered for their 2016 convention. The meeting opens just days after an attacker killed 84 people during Bastille Day celebrations in France. But the heightened safety measures are not dampening the enthusiasm of delegates taking part in some of the country's greatest political theater. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN ALTERNATE DELEGATE FROM TEXAS, BECKY VAJDAK, SAYING: "We're very excited. I cannot wait for tomorrow. To be this much a part of the entire process, I'm still having to pinch myself to believe I'm here." The convention is expected to name Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence as their official nominees for president and vice-president. But that's a prospect some delegates don't find appealing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLEVELAND RESIDENT, TERRESE TUCHSCHER, SAYING: "I'm still waiting to really listen to both candidates and see what they have to say. So far - not super impressed." Trump enters the week trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in most national opinion polls. Party leaders hope the convention will provide a springboard to vault him into a more competitive position.

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Excitement grows in Cleveland for Republican convention

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 01:08