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Donald Trump’s convention: Candidate will speak at two of the four nights at Cleveland bash

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Delegates mill about at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Greg Bluestein/AJC

Delegates mill about at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Greg Bluestein/AJC

Cleveland – The running joke at the Republican National Convention is that Donald Trump won’t just speak Thursday night when he accepts the GOP presidential nomination – he’ll speak the other four nights of the party’s bash as well.

Well, we now know he’ll take the podium here at the Quicken Loans Arena for two out of the four nights.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s de facto campaign manager, said the candidate will introduce his wife Melania before her keynote address. The former model has rarely spoken to the media and has taken a far less public role in the campaign than Trump’s children. But her task Monday is to sell her husband to a skeptical bloc of women voters who could decide the election.

“He wanted to be here for his wife’s speech,” said Manafort, who added that the couple will fly back to New York shortly afterward, only to return ahead of Thursday’s bash.

We’ll be doing frequent Facebook Lives while we’re at the Republican and Democratic conventions with delegates and top officials from both parties. Check out a chat we had earlier today:

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