Make America First Again is the theme for the third night of the Republican National Convention. Describing the last two nights is Senior Fellow at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation, Mike Gonzalez. He says it’s been an interesting and eventful convention. Mark asks about Alaska’s call for a delegate count. Mr. Gonzalez says there was more made about that by the media than actually happened on the floor of the convention hall. He adds there was more annoyance over the lack of abidance to the rules that had been adopted Monday than over the exception itself.
Next, NC GOP Vice-chairman Michelle Nix joins Mark. She tells him that the momentum is building at the convention especially after Donald Trump, Jr. and Tiffany Trump spoke to the crowd. She says you can tell a lot about a candidate by the way he raised his children.
Then, former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr tells Mark why he chose to leave the RNC early. Justice Orr says he simply cannot support Donald Trump who he has concerns will not listen to his advisers even if he surrounds himself with the best and brightest advisers in the world. Mark asks about comments made by NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse’s that he hadn’t been “a good Republican for a long time.” Justice Orr says his record as a Republican is very clear. He was a precinct and county chairman, the first republican to win a statewide judicial race in almost a hundred years, and doesn’t think what the republican party currently is really reflects the same party as that of former Governors Holshouser and Martin. He says he is working hard to get Governor McCrory re-elected. He adds Trump’s remarks about Senator John McCain are unforgiveable. Mark asks if not voting for Trump is just giving a vote to Hillary. Justice Orr says he will be voting in November.
In the second hour, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Carolina, Deanna Joy, joins Mark. She tells Mark how the centers help children who have been abused. She explains the center works with an abused child to help them tell what happened to them. She says once a child discloses the information, only then can they report the incident to law enforcement. Ms. Joy says one of the most critical points of that process is establishing boundary points with a child so they do not feel like they did anything wrong, feel safe in sharing what happened to them and get the help they need. They also received more funding this year from the legislature which Ms. Joy says benefited them greatly. Mark asks how people can help. Ms. Joy says the individual centers accept donations of toys, blankets and other items as well as monetary donations.
Then, Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight Anchor, Tim Boyum, gives us his perspective on the Day Two of the convention. He agrees that more was made of Alaska’s objection by the media than what actually happened on the floor. He tells Mark the plagiarism issue has also become old news at the convention.
Finally, Executive Director for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, Lea Carawan shares why “In God We Trust” is so controversial. She says there has been a push since its establishment in 1946 by President Dwight Eisenhower to remove these powerful words from everywhere they have been placed, but even when challenged in federal court, they couldn’t be removed. Mark asks what would replace them. Ms. Carawan says probably “E Pluribus Unum.” She tells Mark these four words have power. Mark asks what is happening to Christianity in America. Ms. Carawan says it is declining, but Americans can stay free only if they choose to be moral and follow Judeo-Christian values. This is a fantastic interview you will want to hear – one of many in today’s show.
House Majority Leader Mike Hager, Civitas Executive Vice President Brian Balfour, Time Warner Cable News Anchor Tim Boyum and Civitas Communications Coordinator Demi Dowdy will join us tomorrow.