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See Who's Speaking (and Who's Not) at Next Week's GOP Convention

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Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting is definitely on the speaking list for next week's GOP national convention in Cleveland, but the rest of the speaker list has fueled even more speculation about his possible running mate. (Reuters photo)

The head of the Republican National Convention's steering committee offered up a "partial"—yet final—list of speakers for the gathering that begins Monday in Cleveland.

Convention CEO Jeff Larson said the convention's theme, "Make America Great Again," will focus on the core themes of Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Donald Trump's campaign: national security, immigration, trade and jobs.

The list of speakers he released to the media Thursday morning, which the GOP declared is a "final" list, features the following individuals:

  • Pastor Mark Burns
  • Phil Ruffin
  • Congressman Ryan Zinke
  • Pat Smith
  • Mark Geist
  • John Tiegen
  • Congressman Michael McCaul
  • Sheriff David Clarke
  • Congressman Sean Duffy
  • Darryl Glenn
  • Senator Tom Cotton
  • Karen Vaughn
  • Governor Mike Huckabee
  • Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • Melania Trump
  • Senator Joni Ernst
  • Kathryn Gates-Skipper
  • Marcus Luttrell
  • Dana White
  • Governor Asa Hutchinson
  • Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
  • Michael Mukasey
  • Andy Wist
  • Senator Jeff Sessions
  • Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
  • Alex Smith
  • Speaker Paul Ryan
  • Congressman Kevin McCarthy
  • Kerry Woolard 
  • Senator Shelley Moore Capito
  • Dr. Ben Carson
  • Co-Chair Sharon Day
  • Natalie Gulbis
  • Kimberlin Brown
  • Antonio Sabato, Jr.
  • Peter Thiel
  • Eileen Collins
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Michelle Van Etten
  • Lynne Patton
  • Eric Trump
  • Harold Hamm
  • Congressman Chris Collins
  • Brock Mealer
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
  • Governor Mary Fallin
  • Darrell Scott
  • Lisa Shin
  • Governor Rick Scott
  • Chairman Reince Priebus
  • Tom Barrack
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Attorney General Pam Bondi
  • Jerry Falwell Jr.
  • Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
  • Chris Cox
  • Senator Mitch McConnell
  • Tiffany Trump
  • Governor Chris Christie
  • Donald J. Trump Jr.
  • Governor Scott Walker

Speculation immediately began to swirl over the names that weren't on the list. Notable omissions include former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was the party's 2008 vice presidential nominee, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who many have speculated could be Trump's choice for running mate.

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After the list was released, Roll Call published a report that Trump had indeed picked Pence, and would be making that announcement Friday morning at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Trump met with Pence on Wednesday with several members of his family in tow. The governor said, however, that no running mate offer was made at that meeting. The GOP nominee-in-waiting wasn't scheduled to be in Indianapolis, but "technical difficulties" kept him in town following a rally at which both he and Pence appeared.

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