The first day of proceedings at the 2016 Republican National Convention started off with some controversy, but the second day saw more party unity as delegates move closer to officially nominating candidate Donald Trump. The billionaire’s supporters were on hand to make the case for a candidate that many in the party are still hesitant to endorse.
In an interview with Norvell Rose, in Cleveland covering the convention for Western Journalism, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West took a few minutes to explain what he plans to accomplish this week.
“I think it’s very important to help get this message out and draw a clear delineation between the vision of progressive socialists and constitutional conservatives.”
Without a compelling reason or several reasons to support Trump over Hillary Clinton, West said, it would be imprudent to assume voters will automatically see the upshot of voting Republican.
“The only way we’re going to win back this country,” he asserted, “is to give people a clear choice.”
The week-long GOP event should go a long way toward laying out the differences between the two party platforms, though West sees the election hinging on which candidate voters believe can best address two key issues – the economy and national security.
“Even if you keep people prosperous,” he said, “you’ve got to keep them safe. That’s why I think the first two nights up here — Make America Safe Again and Get America Back To Work Again — those are the two most important things that have to happen.”