BALTIMORE — Vice President Mike Pence will address the Republican National Convention next week from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, marking a return by national Republicans to a city President Donald Trump has called corrupt and “rodent infested.”
Pence is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the fort, where 1,000 U.S. soldiers withstood a British bombardment in 1814, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to a senior Trump campaign official on Thursday.
The theme of the GOP convention — in which Trump and Pence are to be nominated for second-term bids — is “Honoring the Great American Story.” Each night has its own particular theme, and Wednesday’s is “Land of Heroes.”
According to the campaign official, other speakers in various locations include Trump, U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Tim Scott of South Carolina, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.