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President Trump will formally accept the Republican nomination for president on Thursday night, the final night of the Republican National Convention. His acceptance address comes as Hurricane Laura struck Texas and Louisiana and protests continued to roil Kenosha, Wisconsin, after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot several times in the back by a police officer and two people were shot to death at a protest. 

According to early excerpts of the speech, Mr. Trump will draw a stark contrast between Joe Biden’s agenda and his own — even though this year, the GOP decided not to release a new party platform, the list of Republican goals and promises. 

“At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas. We have spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years,” the president will say from the White House South Lawn. “At the Democrat convention, you barely heard a word about their agenda. But that’s not because they don’t have one. It’s because their agenda is the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee.”

Vice President Pence formally accepted the vice presidential nomination on Wednesday in a night filled with fewer surprises and reality show-type twists than in previous nights. He attacked Biden, calling him a “Trojan horse for a radical left.” 

“Our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country,” Pence said. “It’s not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America.” 


How to watch the Republican National Convention tonight

  • What: Republican National Convention Night 3
  • Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
  • Convention coverage on CBSN: 5 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. ET
  • Convention speakers live on CBSN: 8:30-11 p.m. ET
  • Convention coverage on CBS stations: 10-11 p.m. ET
  • Post-convention coverage on CBSN: 11 p.m. ET
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device.
  • Full list of speakers here.

CBSN will provide live coverage and analysis throughout the day, with full coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET on “Red & Blue,” anchored by Elaine Quijano. At 8 p.m. ET, tune in ahead of each night’s convention speakers and live coverage of the proceedings. CBSN coverage continues at 11 p.m. ET with post-convention analysis.

From 10-11 p.m. ET, CBS television stations will broadcast live coverage anchored by “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell. 

Download the free CBS News app for full CBSN coverage and live convention updates. CBSN streaming is available on all major platforms, including iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Samsung and Pluto.

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