Republicans are ready to formally nominate President Donald Trump for reelection at a scaled-down convention kick-off in Charlotte that begins a week-long effort to convince the American people that the president deserves a second term.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, delegates will hold an in-person roll-call vote in a ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Centre in North Carolina before attention turns to prime-time programming.
It is a sharp contrast to the approach of Democrats, who created a roll call via video montage from states across the country to avoid a large-scale gathering last week at their well-received virtual convention.
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The Republican convention is a crucial moment for Mr Trump, who is trailing in national and battleground state polls and under intense pressure to turn the race around.
Aides hope the convention will give them a chance to recast the story of Mr Trump’s presidency and shift the campaign’s thrust from a referendum on him to a choice between his vision for the US’s future and the one presented by Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“This is a kick-off to many weeks of this heading into Election Day,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in an interview.
“I don’t think we’re going to slow down.”
Mr Trump, for his part, said he was hoping to set an optimistic tone.
“I think we’re going to see something that is going to be very uplifting and positive.
“That’s what I’d like it to be,” he said in an interview that aired on Sunday on Fox News Channel.