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The Republican National Convention in Cleveland has ended with Donald Trump formally accepting the GOP nomination for president. McCracken County Commissioner and retired Paducah Sun journalist Bill Bartleman was a delegate at the RNC. Matt Markgraf speaks with him about Trump's speech last night and the message he plans to bring back home to western Kentucky voters. 

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Donald Trump is now officially the Republican nominee for president. He delivered an expansive, sometimes dark, acceptance speech Thursday night, reiterating promises to build a wall on the southern border of the United States, bar immigrants from terror-linked states and overhaul international trade deals.

It has been said that "to cleave" is the only verb in English that connotes one specific action and its direct opposite. To cleave sometimes means to hold together, and it can also mean to split apart.

That's why Cleveland was the perfect city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Because this week, in this town, the GOP demonstrated both its persistent divisions and its instinct for overcoming them.

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado were among headliners last night at the Republican National Convention. Bill Bartleman is a delegate from McCracken County. Matt Markgraf spoke with him this morning for his take on the speeches and look ahead to tonight, when Donald Trump will formally accept the Republican nomination.

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Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie says he’s confident a Donald Trump ticket with Mike Pence as vice president will make for an effective presidency.

The 4th District Representative is attending the Republican National Convention as Trump seals his party’s nomination.

He spoke to reporter Matt Laslo for Ohio Valley Resource Wednesday.

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During his speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, State Sen. Ralph Alvarado urged Hispanics to vote for Donald Trump.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul talked the need for reducing the country’s debt and the tense relationship between police and the public Wednesday during a series of town hall events in western Kentucky.

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Last night at the Republican National Convention, delegates nominated Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Bill Bartleman is a delegate from McCracken County. Matt Markgraf spoke with him this morning about the tone of the convention, the Kentucky delegation, the speech by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and looking ahead to tonight's speech by Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado. 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, immediately following a video message from Donald Trump, who thanked the audience for voting for him to be the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. 

It's no secret that Donald Trump is struggling to woo Hispanics voters. He's currently polling worse with Latinos than Mitt Romney in 2012 (In that election, Romney captured just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote.).

But on Wednesday night, the Trump campaign might have a chance to shift its messaging ever-so-slightly when three Hispanic Republicans take center stage during prime time. Two of them, former GOP presidential candidates, are familiar faces from the primary season: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco (who will deliver a video message).

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