Paul Ryan 'Will' Speak at Donald Trump's Convention – The Latest on Who's In for the RNC and Who Has to Wash Their Hair That Week

"I want to talk about our ideas, our solutions and how our party should unite," Paul Ryan said of his upcoming speech at the Republican National Convention next week

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Paul Ryan is RSVPing “yes” to the RNC.

The House speaker will deliver a 10-minute speech on GOP unity at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, a Ryan aide confirmed to Politico, just days before the convention kicks off on July 18.

Ryan, who endorsed Donald Trump in June after withholding his support for several weeks, has repeatedly found himself at odds with the presumptive GOP nominee on issues from Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. to his attack on Hispanic-American Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

Politico reports that the reason why Ryan “won’t accept – or dismiss – Donald Trump” boils down to the speaker’s “one overriding goal: advancing his own, carefully cultivated agenda of tying the GOP to a series of small-government solutions that would roll back liberal New Deal and Great Society programs – an achievement that has eluded decades of conservative reformers.”

Ryan’s personally written address at next week’s convention will focus on “the sharp contrast between Republican ideas and four more years of Obama-like progressive policies; and the need for conservatives to unite around Republican candidates in advance of a critical election,” an aide to the speaker tells Politico.

“I want to talk about our ideas, our solutions and how our party should unite around our common principles and how we apply those principles to problems,” Ryan said during an interview in his office.

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Former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will also be among those speaking at the convention. The Texas senator, one of Trump’s fiercest rivals in the primary, told reporters that the real estate mogul offered him a speaking slot during a meeting the two men had with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus last week.

“We had a positive and productive meeting this morning with Donald Trump. Donald asked me to speak at the Republican convention and I told him I’d be happy to do so,” said Cruz, who has not endorsed Trump.

Other speakers on the list include former Republican presidential hopefuls Dr. Ben Carson and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, who was reportedly on Trump’s vice presidential shortlist before withdrawing from the veepstakes.

NBC News reports that Trump’s children will all speak at the convention and that Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. are expected to take central roles. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, both of whom are reportedly at the top of Trump’s current VP shortlist, are also set to take the stage.

Also notable is who’s not attending Trump’s convention. According to a report from NBC, that includes: “New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Nikki Haley, Utah’s Rep. Mia Love, “God Bless America” songwriter Lee Greenwood, conservative rocker Ted Nugent, and New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady.”

Corporate sponsors like Wells Fargo, UPS, Coca-Cola and Microsoft have also declined to contribute to the convention.

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