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California Delegates Rule Rudy Giuliani's Speech As Best On First Night Of RNC

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani addresses delegates during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.
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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani addresses delegates during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.

California Delegates Rule Rudy Giuliani's Speech As Best On First Night Of RNC
A Conversation With A San Diego GOP Delegate From The Republican National Convention GUEST:Arkan Somo, San Diego Republican delegate attending the RNC

California's delegation is returning for the second day of the Republican National Convention Tuesday morning after an opening night of speakers that included a reality star, a soap opera star and an actor. It's the latest example of Donald Trump's influence on the convention lineup, given Republicans have long mocked Democrats for being the party of celebrities.

But despite the aura of fame around some of the speakers, an informal survey of California delegation members on the convention floor ruled that Rudy Giuliani had the best speech of opening night.

One alternate delegate noted that while Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions had a lot of great policy points in his speech, his style did not draw the reactions the way Giuliani's did.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. also drew loud applause. His opening "Blue Lives Matter" line resonated in the convention hall.

None of the delegates really mentioned Melania Trump's speech, or the brief appearance of Donald Trump himself.

All that being said, there have been no surprises so far. Surprisingly. Trump, one of the nation's most successful reality stars, could have been expected to have at least one or two tricks up his sleeve to spice things up. And he probably still does. (Sarah Palin, perhaps?) But opening night stuck to the advance script. Even the #NeverTrump contingent trying — and failing — to force a roll call rules vote was not surprising in the least.

The convention security seemed rock solid Monday, and the protests appeared peaceful and respectful. Hopefully that remains the case for the next three days.