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Several Swing-Seat Republicans Will Skip RNC

Ryan's RNC speech will focus on his House GOP agenda.

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Kimberly Railey
July 18, 2016, 7:34 a.m.

“The overwhelming majority of House Republicans in competitive races this fall won’t be at the Republican National Convention to watch” real estate mogul Donald Trump (R) “accept the party’s nomination for president. … Despite the reduced attendance, most of the House GOP leadership team is slated to be in Cleveland to make a show of unity behind the nominee.”

Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-NY 01) and Tom Reed (R-NY 23), who both endorsed Trump, are attending.

Some lawmakers who will not be there: Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX 23); Steve Knight (R-CA 25); David Valadao (R-CA 21); David Jolly (R-FL 13); Bruce Poliquin (R-ME 02); David Young (R-IA 03); Robert Dold (R-IL 10); Carlos Curbelo (R-FL 23); Elise Stefanik (R-NY 21), Erik Paulsen (R-MN 03); Frank Guinta (R-NH 01); Tim Walberg (R-MI 07); John Katko (R-NY 24); Cresent Hardy (R-NV 04); Barbara Comstock (R-VA 10); and Scott Tipton (R-CO 03). (The Hill)

PREVIEW. At the RNC, most of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “speech and jam-packed schedule in Cleveland will center on his House GOP agenda, dubbed ‘A Better Way,’ which provides policy prescriptions in six areas. To amplify the message, the self-described policy wonk plans to hold an anti-poverty event at a nearby site, attend a roundtable discussion on healthcare and give remarks at a national security event, among other appearances.” (The Hill)

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