The Elephant in the Room: Richland County GOP delegate Tyson Grinstead shares an inside look at the Republican National Convention. Grinstead, 30, is director of public policy at a solar energy company, and Richland County GOP’s Executive Committeeman.
The excitement continued to build Wednesday in Cleveland for South Carolina’s delegates. Our state’s contingent was fortunate enough to have breakfast with some of South Carolina’s strongest leaders. Gov. Nikki Haley, Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson, Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and congressmen Sanford, Wilson, and Rice all visited our delegation yesterday morning.
Despite busy schedules, delegates have enjoyed Cleveland’s local tourist attractions. From the Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field, to the Brown’s FirstEnergy Stadium, to the Rock & Roll Hall of fame, the City of Cleveland has welcomed each and every one of us. While visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yesterday, South Carolina’s delegates were able to catch a glimpse of Donald Trump landing in Cleveland and meeting the Pence family.
The convention lineup on Wednesday included several former candidates. Scott Walker’s speech and a video by Marco Rubio both called for party unity and stressed the need for Republican success in November.
Probably one of the most discussed moments of the convention by my fellow delegates was Ted Cruz’s speech. While many Cruz supporters felt the Texas senator articulately explained his vision for the country’s future, most delegates wanted to see Cruz endorse Donald Trump and were unhappy with the speech.
The evening’s finale was certainly America’s introduction to Gov. Mike Pence. Governor Pence was well received by South Carolina’s delegation. Pence laid out the case for why Donald Trump should be the next president and our delegates saw Pence has a genuine conservative leader that can help move our country forward.