Day 1 recap of Republican convention

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By Eric Bradner
CNN

Cleveland – Donald Trump’s first entrance into the Quicken Loans Arena came in a cloud of blue smoke.

The presumptive nominee’s showy, professional wrestler-style appearance on the Republican National Convention’s first night Monday was memorable but brief, with Trump speaking for just 1 minute and 6 seconds.

Here’s a quick look at the highlights from Monday night:

In a rare public speaking role during her Trump’s campaign, Melania Trump touted her husband’s personal qualities.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, brought delegates to their feet with a rousing speech.

He touted Trump’s 30-year friendship and generosity, saying the real estate mogul has contributed to causes anonymously, and bashed long-time New York political foe Hillary Clinton.

“Who would trust Hillary Clinton to protect them? I wouldn’t. Would you?” he said.

Monday night’s theme was law and order, with speakers focusing on the Benghazi attack and immigration policy.

“Hillary for prison. She deserves to be in stripes,” said Patricia Smith, the mother of one of the four victims of the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi. (Trump was being interviewed on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News at the same time she was on stage — interrupting his own party.)

For the next three nights, Trump will be be surrounded by the typical cadre of politicians — including several of his 2016 primary rivals.

But he’s also invited several wealthy, business-leader friends, and his four grown children will have prime slots. 

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