November 1, 2020
RNC 2020 live: How to watch Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Mitch McConnell's speeches

RNC 2020 live: How to watch Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Mitch McConnell’s speeches


This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

The final night of the Republican National Convention starts now with speeches from Ivanka Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Tom Cotton. The GOP formally renominated President Donald Trump as its 2020 candidate on Monday and Trump will officially accept the nomination live from the White House tonight. The RNC is taking place at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, the event’s third location after being moved twice due to COVID-19 restrictions and a surge in coronavirus cases

Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence gave his speech from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, where Trace Adkins sang the National Anthem. Trump and first lady Melania Trump also made appearances.

Trump and Pence are running against former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, who were formally nominated at the Democratic National Convention last week.

The main RNC speeches will start at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) and end at 11 p.m ET (8 p.m. PT). The convention runs from Monday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Aug. 27.


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RNC speakers tonight

The following speakers will deliver their speeches starting at 9 p.m. ET tonight.

  • President Donald Trump
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
  • Sen. Tom Cotton
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
  • Rep. Jeff Van Drew
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Ja’Ron Smith
  • Ann Dorn
  • Debbie Flood
  • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • Franklin Graham
  • Alice Johnson
  • Wade Mayfield
  • Carl and Marsha Mueller
  • Dana White
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You can watch the RNC on Twitter and Facebook.


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Where to watch the RNC without cable

The RNC will livestream a produced version of the events across all of the Committee on Arrangements’ social media accounts, as well as other platforms. Those include:

What channel is the RNC on?

Here’s a list of channels that are covering the RNC:

  • ABC News
  • CBS News
  • C-SPAN
  • CNN
  • Fox News
  • MSNBC
  • NBC News
  • PBS News

Who already spoke this week

Monday, Aug. 24: Sen. Tim Scott, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Jim Jordan, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones, Amy Johnson Ford, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Natalie Harp, Charlie Kirk, Republican congressional nominee Kim Klacik, Republican congressional nominee Sean Parnell, Donald Trump, Jr., Andrew Pollack, Tanya Weinreis, and Mark and Patricia McCloskey.

Tuesday, Aug. 25: First lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Rand Paul, Director of the US National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Myron Lizer, Megan Pauley, Cris Peterson, John Peterson, Nicholas Sandmann, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump.

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Vice President Mike Pence, second lady Karen Pence, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Sen. Joni Ernst, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Rep. Elise Stefanik, Rep. Lee Zeldin, Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Keith Kellogg, Jack Brewer, Sister Dede Byrne, Madison Cawthorn, Scott Dane, Clarence Henderson, Ryan Holets, Michael McHale, Burgess Owens, Lara Trump.


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