It's Day Two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and plastics fans can expect to see a familiar face at the podium tonight.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) will deliver a speech tonight, according to the speaker list revealed from the Republican National Committee, as part of Tuesday's "Make America Work Again” theme.
Johnson, who is facing a tough re-election fight against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), has been hitting it hard on the economy and job creation in his campaign ads, focusing on his work ethic and his role as an employer as CEO of Pacur, an Oshkosh, Wis.-based sheet extruder, before heading for the Beltway after beating Feingold in the 2010 election. Johnson had helped found the plastics company in 1979.
At first, it wasn't even a sure thing that Johnson, like many GOP senators facing tough races — such as Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mark Kirk of Illinois who are skipping out on Cleveland — would even attend the convention. And Johnson, while he has agreed to support the party's nominee, is not exactly Donald Trump's BFF.
But the speech will afford him some prime-time national exposure, alongside GOP heavy hitters like House Speaker (and fellow Wisconsin-ite) Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who are also set to speak this evening.