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Republican National Convention 2016: Monday preview

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CLEVELAND – Republican delegates will gather in Cleveland on Monday to officially kick off the Republican National Convention and formally introduce Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence as the party's respective presidential and vice presidential nominees.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Event workers put a Trump Pence campaign sign up on the walls of the Quicken Loans Arena ahead of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The RNC is set for July 18-21 at the arena. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Event workers put a Trump Pence campaign sign up on the walls of the Quicken Loans Arena ahead of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The RNC is set for July 18-21 at the arena. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The RNC opens with tensions high across the U.S. after eight police officers, including three Sunday in Baton Rouge, were fatally shot in targeted attacks, as well as two black men who were killed by cops earlier this month.  Monday's theme, "Making America Safe Again," will likely address this and recent deadly terror slayings across the globe.

Due to the heightened security concerns and large crowds, the Cleveland police union has asked Gov. Kasich to suspend a state law allowing the open carrying of weapons during the four-day convention – only to have the request rebuffed by the former presidential candidate.

Demonstrators, both pro and anti-Trump, are expected to converge throughout Cleveland, setting up for a dramatic  backdrop outside Quicken Loans Arena, where the GOP's plans for America will be laid out.

THEME: 

Taking a page from Trump's "Making America Great Again" campaign slogan, the RNC begins with "Making America Safe Again." The GOP Convention's official program states Monday's lineup of speakers will tackle topics such as the Benghazi attacks, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton's policies, the need to fix a "broken" immigration system and security concerns as a consequence of illegal immigration.

SPEAKERS:

Businesswoman and wife of Donald Trump, Melania Trump, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and actor and television producer Scott Baio are among those scheduled to speak. The entire list can be found here.

HOW TO WATCH: 

The RNC released an app that features a convention schedule, a map of Cleveland and the convention complex, and an option to watch the convention speakers live. The app is available for both Apple and Android users.